DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Two-month repair work on Akaka Falls State Park Trail gets underway

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 in Latest News

Temporary full closures planned October 16-20

HILO, HAWAII — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks has begun repair work to the 0.4-mile loop trail at Akaka Falls State Park, necessitated due to accidental damage caused by earlier removal of invasive albizia trees in February this year.  Site Engineering was selected as contractor and cost estimate is $297,400. Work is expected to be completed in December.

Initial repair work began last week on the longer trail section that is to the right of the loop trail starting point that was closed after the damage. Workers are removing and repairing damaged concrete walkways and steps, and replacing railings

From October 16 – 20 the park will be completely closed for work on the shorter, left side of the trail to the Akaka Falls lookout.  Hopefully this will be the only time the park will need to be closed. If additional closure is needed, an announcement will be posted on the Division of State Parks website and in local news media.

Aside from the closure dates of October 16-20, access to the Akaka Falls lookout area may be interrupted along the shorter, open walkway path, due to equipment and/or material transport to the damaged areas.

The park offers a pleasant family walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. It requires some physical exertion and will take about 1/2 hour for the full loop.

The paved route, which includes multiple steps in places (not wheelchair accessible), makes an easy to follow loop offering stunning viewpoints of the two waterfalls. To view ‘Akaka Falls only, take the path to the left (south) from the first junction. The waterfall view is just a short walk down the path. For more information see http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/hawaii/akaka-falls-loop-trail/

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(All images courtesy: Hawaii DLNR)

 

 

Photographs: (Akaka Falls State Park)

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/th5z9dovt40bfg4/AABR5LiE3HzMHW8CpLmD5QYfa?dl=0

 

Video (showing pathway damage early 2017)

https://vimeo.com/237824433

 

Photographs: (Akaka Falls State Park – pathway damage early 2017)

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/svjye5i2x01feu3/AAB_8L6LDrRp-6T6b5Prz2dza?dl=0

 

 

 

Media contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Communications office

Phone: (808) 587-0320