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Makapuu summit lookout area to close for repairs, upgrades

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    Tasia Wilia and her 5-month-old daughter, Treasure, stopped along the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail to admire the scenery on Feb. 5.
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The upper Makapuu lookout and adjacent areas will be closed, starting Wednesday, for upgrades.

Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, located within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, will remain open but construction activities are slated for various park areas. 

DLNR advises caution to allow project staff, equipment and vehicles to work in these areas. The lower lookout facing Makapuu will be kept open for park visitors.  

“We want to acknowledge everyone’s understanding and patience as delays and inconveniences have been experienced throughout this project” said Dan Quinn, State Parks Administrator.  “We appreciate your continued support in our efforts to ensure the balance of safety and project completion” he added.

New drainage lines have been installed and the construction of rock walls to stabilize the roadway is continuing.

The upper lookout will be overhauled in the same location and work in the adjacent areas includes new pathways, stairs, guardrails and other improvements, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks.

Work on the new bench rest areas and lookouts is underway. 

There will be full closure of the trail in late July during weekdays, but the trail will be opened on the weekends. The work will not affect the Makapuu lookout along Kalanianaole Highway and the shoreline will remain open.

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