KONA — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin construction on park improvements at the Kaelehuluhulu section of Kekaha Kai State Park on August 9, 2006.
"These improvements are part of the Lingle-Aiona Administration's ongoing efforts to upgrade our state parks statewide and to provide accessible facilities for residents and visitors who use the parks," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“The park will remain open, but there will be some inconvenience to parking area users from construction activities,” Young said.
The park improvement project is expected to be completed by November 2006, weather permitting. Improvements include constructing accessible parking, pathway, and a picnic table at the Mahaiula section of the park, and will provide access from the set of vault toilets to an area near the grove of coconut trees and the pond.
Contractor is James Ishii General Contracting., at a project cost of $167,070.
Previously completed improvements included a set of accessible vault toilets and parking; last month improvements were made to the access road.
Kekaha Kai State Park is located 1.5 miles off of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway (Hwy 19), 2.6 miles north of Kona International Airport.
In January 2005, DLNR began a multi-year initiative to repair, replace or improve facilities at 69 state parks on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i.
This initiative is providing $5 million for statewide parks comfort station renovations, and over $12 million for statewide sewer improvements and large capacity cesspool closures in state parks. It is the first major reconstruction of parks facilities since the state parks system was established over 40 years ago.
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