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The state Department of Land and Natural Resources on Sunday expanded its list of closed trails, parks, and campground areas effective immediately because of Tropical Storm Flossie. 

The public is advised to monitor local news and weather broadcasts for further updates. Here is the updated list as of this morning:

» Hawaii island: Ainapo trail and cabin; Pololu trail; Waimanu trail and campground; Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area (including Hapuna and Waialea sections); Kiholo State Park Reserve; Kekaha Kai State Park (including Manini owali (Kua Bay) and Mahaiula sections); Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park; Lapakahi State Historical Park.

» Maui: Kula Forest Reserve; Makawao Forest Reserve; Iao Valley State Monument Park; Waianapanapa State Park; Makena State Park; and Polipoli State Park.

» Kauai: Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park.

The closures will stay in effect until staff can inspect the condition and safety of the trails once the storm system has passed. 

DLNR also advised the public to avoid entering forest areas on all islands, starting Sunday. Forecasts of sustained high winds of 35 miles an hour or more, as well as heavy rain can make for hazardous road and trail conditions, officials said.

“High winds and heavy rains are expected to be associated with the storm system, and public safety concerns are warranted,” DLNR said in a news release. “Storm conditions can trap recreationalists by blocking trails and roads from flash floods and falling trees. Falling rocks, falling trees and landslides pose additional threats to people in the forest reserves."

 "We advise that hikers, campers or hunters should avoid trails, streams and back-country areas under these conditions," said William J. Aila, Jr.,  DLNR’s chairman. "Due to the high surf and heavy rains that may occur under storm conditions the public is urged to avoid shorelines and areas near streams."

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