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Makapuu Lighthouse trail reopens as work continues


  • Makapuu Lighthouse trail. (Courtesy Photo)
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Paving of the 1.1-mile Makapuu Lighthouse road has been completed, but work on new and existing viewing stations and lookouts continues, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources reported today.

Weather permitting, everything should be finished by the end of November.

The $2.7 million construction project started in mid-September.

State officials said there will be no further day-long closures of the trail. This is the first time the road has been repaved in more than 80 years.

Although the trail is open to the public, construction work will continue on lookouts along the trail all the way to the upper-most lookout.

An estimated 400 people use the 1-mile trail each day to reach the scenic summit.

The repaving follows the reconstruction of retaining walls along the road, installation of new culverts under the road, and repair of drainage ditches.

The two lookouts on the trail were built in 1991. The one at the top will be expanded about 8 feet, and new railings will be installed. Crews will build a new rock wall at the cliff’s edge.

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