Hawaii News — Mauna Kea State Park To Close July 1

(Media release) — Mauna Kea State Park will be closed for renovation starting Tuesday, July 1, and remain closed until further notice.

However, temporary restrooms will be provided to accommodate the public. They will be kept open around the clock and located at the administrative building fronting the park’s main entrance.

The shutdown is needed to expedite the work and ensure the public’s safety while the park’s restrooms, parking lot and picnic area are refurbished. Maintenance crews will be using heavy equipment to improve the park located near the 34-mile marker of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road.

Work will be performed by the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation with support from the Department of Public Works. On July 1, Hawai‘i County will assume responsibility for Mauna Kea State Park. Plans call for renaming the park Mauna Kea Recreation Area.

The public will be notified when the park is reopened. Until then, no camping reservations will be taken and permits required for overnight use will not be issued.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Mauna Kea State Park and requests the public’s patience and understanding while it implements these critical improvements for the benefit of residents and visitors.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

2 replies
  1. Cat
    Cat says:

    Interesting that no completion date is set or even estimated? I thought most government projects had a estimated completion date, not an open ended this could go on years kind of thing.

    If you were the District 5 council person how would you handle this? The money must have been approved in the budget by the council… with no ETA of completion, thats just crazy.

  2. Tiffany Edwards Hunt
    Tiffany Edwards Hunt says:

    The current District 5 representative, in voting to approve the 2014-2015 budget(s), described this as a “good” budget. Perhaps he knows which line items refer specifically to the newly acquired Mauna Kea Recreation Area. I do agree, this is ‘crazy’, having an open ended construction period after taking over this state park. As a council 5 representative I would be giving the budget a lot more scrutiny than what I observe to be the current practice. That is the extent of what I could promise without knowing the specific details of this County expense.

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