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Wet conditions, illegal off-roading lead to Kaena shutdown

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Aerial view of Kaena Point State Park.

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COURTESY DLNR

The road at Kaena State Park has been closed to prevent additional damage caused by off-road vehicles. Curt Cottrell, administrator of the DLNR Division of State Parks, said, “After we clearly marked and designated the only roads in the park where driving is permissible, we’re still experiencing some drivers wanting to go off-road — meaning they are not staying on designated routes which were specifically designated to prevent the common practice known as mud-bogging.”

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COURTESY DLNR

The 2-mile-long unpaved road at Kaena Point State Park is popular with fishermen who use it to access the North Shore waters, and over the years it has also been popular with off-road enthusiasts.

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COURTESY DLNR

The road at Kaena Point State Park has been closed for nearly eight weeks due to rainy weather. State officials said Tuesday that it could be reopened this weekend if conditions dry up.

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COURTESY DLNR

Officials say off-roaders have been causing damage by smashing vegetation and mud-bogging.