DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Closes Muliwai Trail For Repairs
HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed the Muliwai Trail on the island of Hawai‘i for three to four weeks effective today, May 25, 2006, due to a landslide and fallen trees.
“We are closing the trail to protect members of the public from hazardous conditions," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson. "We are working on a repair program so we can make the trail passable."
No new permits will be issued for Waimanu Valley Campground during the trail closure.
For information on current trail conditions, please call the Hilo DLNR Forestry and Wildlife office at (808) 974-4221.
The head end of the 18-mile Muliwai trail is accessed through Waipio Valley, located at the end of Highway 240 near Honokaa. The trail zigzags up the western wall of Waipio Valley on the Big Island, climbing approximately 1,200` to the plateau.
It then leads across the plateau area to Waimanu, crossing 12 gulches that are up to 500` deep, then descends another 1,200` into Waimanu Valley.
It takes an estimated 7 hours to hike the 11 miles to and from Waimanu Valley.
For information on Muliwai Trail, visit: http://www.hawaiitrails.org/trail.asp?TrailID=HA+35+001&island=Hawaii via the Na Ala Hele web site.
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