High surf warning calls for road and beach park closures
Today’s high surf warning has resulted in a number of road and beach park closures:
>> The Farrington Highway’s Makai Lane was closed Saturday night at several locations between Makaha and Nanakuli due to high surf, according to the City and County of Honolulu.
>> The State Parks Division of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources will close the following beach parks: Hapuna State Recreation Area, Kua Bay and Kekaha Kai on the island of Hawaii.
In addition, DLNR said the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail is an area of concern. “The tide pools remain closed,” DLNR said. “Ignoring this closure can be extremely dangerous due to the expected high surf.” Additionally, the Keawa’ula section of Ka’ena Point State Park may be closed.
>> Hoone Road in Poipu from Kuai Road to Pee Road has been closed until further notice due to hazardous conditions, according to the County of Kauai. The public is urged to avoid the area as cordons and signs have been installed.
>> Kauai County officials are urging the public to stay away from shorelines along Poipu and other areas on the south- and west-facing beaches as large waves batter roads and properties near shore. Salt Pond Beach Park and Kekaha Beach Park are affected.
“Organizers with events close to the coast are urged to relocate the event or reconsider the postponement. Officials anticipate conditions could peak during the evening high tide, which begins around 6 p.m. on July 17,” the county said in a release.
>> A portion of South Kihei Road from Uwapo Road to Leilani Road is expected to remain closed as large waves and debris wash up onto the road, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino’s office said in an email.
>> According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, the following beach parks were closed today:
Isaac Hale in Pune; Punaluu and Whittington-Honuapo in Kau; Milolii, Hookena, Manini Point-Napoopoo, Honaunau Boat Ramp, Kahaluu, Magic Sands-Laaloa, Pahoehoe, Honl’s Beach, Hale Halawai, Kohana iki and Old Kona Airport in Kona. These beach parks will be evaluated Monday morning to determine whether the parks will reopen or remain closed.