DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Reopens Muliwai Trail
HILO -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources today reopened the Muliwai Trail on the island of Hawaii after completing trail repairs.
The trail was closed on May 25, 2006, due to a landslide and fallen trees.
"We have completed our repair program so the trail is now passable. It was necessary to close it temporarily to protect members of the public from hazardous conditions," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
New permits will again be issued for Waimanu Valley Campground effective today at 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 feet to the plateau.
It then leads across the plateau area to Waimanu, crossing 12 gulches that are up to 500 feet deep, then descends another 1,200 feet 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 the Na Ala Hele web site at: www.hawaiitrails.org.
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