DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Closes 'Iao Valley Park
KAHULUI — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will close ‘Iao Valley State Monument Park effective today, Wednesday October 4 through Tuesday, October 10, for construction of a retaining wall to stabilize an eroded hillside adjacent to the garden pathway.
“To ensure public safety, we are posting warning signs and closing the park for six days, which will help expedite completion of this work,” Young said. “The park will open sooner if work is completed earlier,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“While we regret the temporary inconvenience to park guests, this is a necessary and precautionary safety step in repairing and maintaining state park facilities and part of our unprecedented capital improvement program in the state,” Young.
“Hawaii’s State parks are a popular destination for residents, as well as visitors from all over the world. As part of the Lingle Administration’s focus on improving park conditions, we are currently implementing renovations to meet accessibility standards, replacing aging cesspools, and upgrading our facilities at selected parks. We believe that these changes will be noticed, and welcomed by park users,” Young said.
Kealoha Construction is the contractor for this $24,500 project.
Other improvement projects recently undertaken at ‘Iao include repair and maintenance on the Iao stream bridge, pressure washing of the comfort station in November, and the replacement of the lookout shelter’s roof that was completed in December 2005.
The lush, deep valley of ‘Iao features the ‘Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle 2,250-feet high and surrounded by the walls of the Pu'u Kukui Crater.
For more information on the hillside stabilization project, call the DLNR Parks Division Maui District office at 984-8102.
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