DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Fern Grotto After Rock Hazard Assessment
WAILUA— The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) today closed the Fern Grotto at Wailua River State Park, following an inspection today by a team of geotechnical specialists, rockfall mitigation experts, and state officials.
“Fern Grotto experienced rockfalls during the height of the heavy rains in February and March. Sections of walkway were subsequently closed off," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. ”Recently, several rocks have fallen, striking the viewing area. One was a boulder four-feet across."
An area above the Fern Grotto was inspected today by specialists, who determined there are a number of rocks that appear to pose an immediate danger to anyone standing below the grotto entrance, where visitors to this popular attraction congregate to take in the view.
"We have closed the park effective immediately, for public safety reasons, now that experts have assessed the situation. Wailua River tour boats will not be allowed to land,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
Work to mitigate the rockfall hazard is expected to begin on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. Estimated time frame for work completion is approximately 3 weeks.
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