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Land Board to consider closing Ala Wai Canal during conservation summit

  • DENNIS ODA / NOV. 28, 2015

    A kayaker paddles on the Ala Wai Canal near the Hawaii Convention Center.

The state land board will decide next week whether to close the temporarily the Ala Wai Canal from the Ala Moana Boulevard Bridge to the Kalakaua Avenue Bridge for security reasons during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September.

About 10,000 dignitaries and government officials are expected to attend the event, which will be held from Sept. 1 to 10 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The Board of Land and Natural Resources will take up the proposal to close the canal next Thursday at its regular meeting.

The state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement has asked for the closure from the Ala Moana Boulevard bridge to the Kalakaua Avenue bridge.

The bridges at Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue are closest to the Hawaii Convention Center. They provide transportation routes that the public and attendees will use to access the convention center and area hotels.

During the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) held in Honolulu in November 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard established security zones that included the entire Ala Wai Canal.

The land department, working with State Harbor Police, will be responsible for the physical closure of the canal and will use vessels and floating booms to accomplish the task.

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