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High-surf warning prompts road, beach park closures

  • COURTESY COUNTY OF KAUAI
                                On Kauai, Hoone Road in Poipu from Kuai Road to Pee Road has been closed until further notice.

    COURTESY COUNTY OF KAUAI

    On Kauai, Hoone Road in Poipu from Kuai Road to Pee Road has been closed until further notice.

The high-surf warning in effect today has prompted a number of road and beach park closures:

OAHU

>> The makai lane of Farrington Highway was closed Saturday evening in several locations between Makaha and Nanakuli due to high surf, according to the City and County of Honolulu.

>> The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks will be closing the following beach parks: Hapuna State Recreation Area, Kua Bay, and Kekaha Kai on Hawaii island.

In addition, DLNR said Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on the Makapuu Point Lighthouse trail is an area of concern. “The tide pools remain closed,” DLNR said. “Ignoring this closure may be extremely hazardous due to the anticipated high surf.” Also, the Keawa‘ula section of Ka‘ena Point State Park may be closed.

KAUAI

>> Hoone Road in Poipu from Kuai Road to Pee Road has been closed until further notice as a result of hazardous conditions, according to the County of Kauai. The public is urged to avoid the area as barricades and signs have been installed.

>> Kauai County officials are urging the public to stay away from the shorelines along Poipu, other areas on the south- and west-facing beaches due to large waves crashing onto roadways and into properties near the shore. Salt Pond Beach Park and Kekaha Beach Park have been affected.

“Organizers with events near the shore are urged to relocate or reconsider postponing the event. Officials anticipate conditions may peak during the evening high tide, which begins around 6 p.m. July 17,” according to a news release from the county.

MAUI

>> A portion of South Kihei Road from Uwapo Road to Leilani Road is expected to remain closed as large waves and debris wash up onto the roadway, according to Maui Mayor Michael Victorino’s office in an email.

HAWAII ISLAND

>> According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, the following beach parks have been closed today:

Isaac Hale in Puna; Punaluu and Whittington-Honuapo in Kau; Milolii, Hookena, Manini Point-Napoopoo, Honaunau Boat Ramp, Kahaluu, Magic Sands-Laaloa, Pahoehoe, Honl’s Beach, Hale Halawai, Kohana iki, and Old Kona Airport in Kona. These beach parks will be assessed Monday morning to determine whether the parks will be reopened or remain closed.

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