HILO, Hawaii (KHON2) — The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced that a forest reserve, a trail and a sanctuary will reopen on Hawai’i Island after closures occurred due to Mauna Loa’s eruption, which began two weeks ago.
The Division of Forestry and Wildlife reopened the following areas:
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- Kapāpala Forest Reserve
- ʻĀinapō Trail, road and cabin
- Kīpuka ʻĀinahou Nēnē Sanctuary
On Saturday, Dec. 10, DLNR reopened Kapāpala Unit J for game bird hunting.
But, the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve and Mauna Loa Observatory Road remain closed due to volcanic hazards. This includes the portion of Unit A South of Daniel K. Inouye Highway within the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Game Management Area.
DLNR also said that a gate is being constructed at the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve boundary on the access road that will be locked until further notice.
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A reminder was provided by DLNR that it is illegal to cross into any closed areas. Violators can be cited and/or arrested.