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Many State Parks set to reopen on Saturday

Many state parks in Hawai‘i will reopen at various times on Saturday after staff have a chance to access any damage left in the wake of hurricane, now Tropical Storm Lane.

On Maui, after staff assessments, all parks except for Waiʻānapanapa State Park are expected to reopen in the morning. Waiʻānapanapa is not accessible currently off the Hana Highway which was severely impacted by the storm. On Hawai‘i island as well, all parks are expected to reopen except for Wailoa River State Recreation Area.

DLNR Division of State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said, “We think any damage to state parks was minimal at worst and we appreciate the kokua many park users showed in staying out of parks during the storm. We closed parks in the interest of public safety.”

Information about reopening lands under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will be released as soon as it’s available. It is anticipated that after DOFAW assessments, most lands, including forest and natural area reserves, will reopen shortly.

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