DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Hapuna Beach State Park
HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has closed Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, along the north west coast of the island of Hawaii, effective immediately, due to severe weather. The park will remain closed while bad weather persists, until further notice. Further closures may be necessary on other islands as weather conditions mandate.
The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for strong north winds increasing over the Big Island this afternoon and evening, reaching speeds of 20 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour in exposed areas.
“Our crews are reporting high winds and blowing objects at Hapuna so we are closing the park to protect public safety," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson
"We also advise the public to avoid trails at this time due to dangers from high wind," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson.
"People should avoid standing under or near large trees during high winds," he said..
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