The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks will postpone planned closures of the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail in Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline for trail improvements, until late August and early September.
There will be no closures in late July as originally planned on the six-month project, but additional work and a new rockfall mitigation project will delay the completion to September.
The tentative schedule for the 12 days of trail closures is as follows:
- Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28
- Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4
- Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9
During the trail closures, visitors will not be able to access the parking lot or trail. However, the parking lot and trail will be open during regular park hours on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays; 7 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.) and on the Labor Day holiday (Monday, September 7).
Closure of these areas is necessary during the rockfall mitigation project when hazardous boulders on the slopes above and adjacent to the trail are broken up and either left in place or removed. Because of the danger of falling rock during this stage, no one will be allowed in the parking lot or on the trail.
This project is expected to take five days.
The other seven days of closure are necessary as the asphalt pavement of the road is removed and the new asphalt surface is laid. The reconstructed retaining walls have been completed, the new culverts under the road have been installed, and the new lookouts are under construction.
“We are glad that we have been able to accommodate the public’s use of the trail during much of the construction work on the Makapu’u Trail and appreciate the patience of our residents and visitors as we have made the much-needed repairs to this 100-year-old road. However, for everyone’s safety, it is imperative that we close the trail during the rockfall mitigation project and the road paving,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks Administrator.
The project will not affect the Makapu’u Lookout along Kalaniana’ole Highway. The Kaiwi shoreline will remain open during the project, but during the trail closures, people must enter from the Sandy Beach end of the park as the parking lot for the Makapu’u Trail will be closed.
The Makapu’u Road (Trail) improvements were designed by Mitsunaga and Associates, Inc. Repairs and improvements to the popular Makapu’u (Lighthouse) Trail in the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline were initiated in February. The repairs and construction work are being done by Haron Construction, Inc. at an estimated cost of $2.7 million. This project is funded with State Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds with additional funding from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
A geotechnical assessment for rockfall hazard along the Makapu’u Trail was conducted by Hart Crowser, Inc. in 2015. This report identified three critical boulders on the slopes above the Makapu’u Trail that posed a danger to users of the trail. Two additional areas adjacent to the road were judged to be a danger and will be chipped back. The rockfall mitigation work will be conducted by Prometheus Construction at a cost of $68,800.Click here for more information on Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline and Makapuu lighthouse trail.