The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will reopen Saturday, following the completion of repairs to the main sewage pump and electric system.
The preserve was closed today after a power surge damaged the main sewage pump Thursday night, according to parks officials.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public and those who scheduled their visits to the preserve and were unable to enjoy the bay today,” said Nate Serota, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Earlier today, a message posted to the department’s website and social media page said: “We are working with a contractor to address the pump issue, and will provide updates on the repairs and whether the nature preserve can reopen this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience to bay visitors and appreciate your patience as we address these issues.”
A city spokesman said no sewage reached the bay.
The nature preserve is usually open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, with entry allowed from 6:45 a.m. to 2 p.m..
An online system to reserve an entry time into the bay is available to the public, in which a mandatory viewing of an educational view can be reserved two days ahead of a planned visit.
The link for reservations is available at honolulu.gov/parks-hbay/home.html. Walk-in and drive-in access is also allowed for those without computer and Internet access.
Updates will be posted to DPR’s social media sites on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The preserve’s main phone number will also offer the latest information at 768-6861.