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State closing scores of recreation areas before Iselle’s arrival

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State officials are closing scores of recreation areas that could be affected by rising streams, flash flooding, falling trees or high surf touched off by the arrival of tropical storm Iselle.

According to a news release issued by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the following closures are slated for Wednesday.

>> Hawaii County — The Division of Forestry and Wildlife will close all of its managed lands, including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, game management areas, including Keanakolu cabins, Ainapo hiking trail, Muliwai trail and Waimanu valley campground until further notice. Also. The DOFAW has suspended issuing camping permits.  

>> Maui County —  The DOFAW will close all of its managed lands, including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, game management areas (including Lanai GMA); this closure also affects Polipoli State Park.

Closures in Hawaii Maui counties are expected to be in place by 6 p.m. 

>> Oahu County — The Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Peacock Flats camping area to hiking and camping, and the Manoa Falls trail. 

>> Kauai County —  DOFAW’s camping areas, including Waimea Canyon, Alakai Wilderness, Sugi Grove and Kawaikoi will be closed by 6 p.m. As of Wednesday morning, the Division of State Parks will close Napali Coast State Wilderness Park and the Kalalau trail will be closed to entering hikers. Trail closed signs will be posted at the Kalalau trailhead. State Parks will send a helicopter out on Wednesday to warn campers at Kalalau beach to evacuate or shelter in place.   

The Division of State Parks is suspending issuance of any new park camping permits statewide that would begin before Tuesday. This directive may be modified island by island as the track of the storms and their effects become known. 

Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation does not plan to close any state small boat harbors but is advising boaters to monitor VHF radio for Coast Guard information on port closures and other safety advisories.

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