DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Malaekahana Valley On
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has closed the valley of Malaekahana State Recreation Area in windward O`ahu today due to severe weather and flooding at the park. About a foot of water was reported in the facility parking lot. The entry gate to Malaekahana Valley has been locked for today.
"Malaekahana has experienced the same downpour that closed windward public schools, including Kahuku High, yesterday and today so we are closing the valley to protect public safety," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
DLNR's Division of State Parks is suspending issuance of camping permits for both Malaekahana State Recreation Area and Kahana Valley State Park until the severe weather subsides.
"We advise the public to avoid trails or streams during the stormy conditions due to dangers from flash flood," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. "People should not attempt to cross high, swift flowing water on roadways," said Young.