Updated on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks has decided to keep all Hawai’i island park units open today, based on the current track of tropical storm Olivia.
Original story published on Sept. 10 at 1:01 p.m.
All Hawai‘i Island and Maui Nui lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife are closing at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11. The closures are in advance of Tropical Storm Olivia which is approaching Hawai‘i.
“This is standard operating procedure for our publicly accessible lands and is a prudent approach to keep everyone out of harm’s way during these hurricanes and tropical storm events,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “We know it may be an inconvenience for people, particularly those who have camping permits, but our top priority is keeping everyone…staff and visitors’ safe until the storm has passed.”
DOFAW managed lands on Hawai‘i and Maui include all: forest reserves, natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, public hunting areas and Na Ala Hele trails.
DLNR Division of State Parks closures include:
Waiʻanapanapa State Park, Maui-Closing at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11.
Other Maui Nui Parks-Closing at regular closing times on Tuesday, September 11.
Hawai‘i island, East side parks-closing at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11.
Hawai‘i island, West side parks-will be evaluated for closing as the storm approaches.
All closures remain in effect until further notice pending impact assessments. People with camping and lodging permits have been notified via e-mail about refunds or rescheduling their visits.
All state small boat harbors, operated by the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation will remain open during the storm and provide safe harbor for small vessels.
Additional forest lands and parks on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i may be closed as the trajectory of Hurricane Oliva becomes clearer.