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Kaena Point park reopens after ordnance survey


HONOLULU (AP) — The state says Kaena Point State Park has been fully reopened to the public after a portion was temporarily closed so the Army could survey for unexploded ordnance.

The Makua Beach and Keawaula sections of the park were reopened Monday.

The military intermittently used these areas for training between 1930 and 1990.

Historical records indicate portions of these areas were cleared in the past, but the Army took another look at the sites using today’s advanced technology to evaluate whether further environmental restoration is needed. 

The Army didn’t find any unexploded ordnance in public-use areas, but it found a World War II-era 4.2 inch mortar body in a remote and inaccessible spot inland from Keawaula.

The weapon didn’t have a fuse and was transported to Schofield Barracks for proper disposal.


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