DLNR News Release: SELECT STATE PARKS ON KAUA‘I CLOSED DUE TO RAIN AND FLOODINGPosted on Mar 11, 2021 in Latest Department News, Newsroom
(LĪHUʻE) – Polihale State Park, Hāʻena State Park, and the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park are all closed due to the impacts of heavy rain fall, flash flooding, and landslides.
The entrance road to Polihale, on Kaua‘i’s west side, is flooded with numerous ponds of water along the route. Canal irrigation ditches have overflowed and is causing new erosion hotspots. The road is currently a river of mud.
The DLNR Division of State Parks made road improvements during a lengthy closure associated with the COVID-19 pandemic last fall, including speed bumps to make it safer. The division reports when the road begins to dry the mud turns slushy, causing further damage including large potholes. Administrators say keeping vehicles out until post-storm maintenance and repairs are completed, will shorten the overall time needed to keep Polihale closed.
On Kaua‘i’s north shore, the Kalalau Trail in the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park has been closed for a week due to the continuing threat of flash flooding along streams. The adjacent
Hāʻena State Park is also closed, due to a massive landslide near Hanalei which has blocked the Kuhiō Highway, the only route into both parks. Access to these parks will not be restored until the landslide is cleared and road repairs are made.
Kōkeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks remain open at this time. Check the Division of State Parks website https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/ and the DLNR Facebook page for updates.
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(All images/video courtesy: DLNR)
HD video – Polihale State Park (entrance road and speed bumps at 3:23 and 11:23-Dec. 2020):
Photographs – Polihale State Park (flooded road-March 11, 2021):
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