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COVID-19 restrictions remain in parks

LIHU‘E — Polihale State Park remains open for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but the state Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds locals and visitors to follow the rules in state parks over the weekend.

“The upcoming holiday weekend could see the largest post-pandemic number of locals and visitors using state parks, trails, and taking to the water,” DLNR said in a Wednesday news release.

Numerous DLNR divisions, responsible for management of public facilities and locales, are gearing up for big crowds in popular parks and on heavily used trails and recreating on beaches and in the ocean.

Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) will be out in full force trying to keep people safe and ensuring they are following all rules and laws.

While masks are no longer required to be worn outside, it is strongly encouraged when you are outside in large groups to continue to wear a mask.

On Kaua‘i, Polihale State Park remains open, no camping is allowed until additional improvements to protect sensitive dune areas are implemented.

Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program. Statewide most of the Na Ala Hele system trails will remain open and residents and visitors alike are encouraged to get out and hike. Check the Hawai`i Trails website for information on specific trails, including any temporary closures and current trail conditions.

Son sanctioned trails, be prepared for a range of weather and conditions, do not hike alone, carry plenty of water, and be mindful of your surroundings.

Waimanu Campground remains closed due to Covid-19. DOCARE Officers patrol the area frequently.

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said: “Hawai‘i is already seeing major increases in the numbers of mainland visitors and Memorial Day weekend is expected to see the greatest number of arrivals since the pandemic started nearly a year and a half ago. We’re pleased and excited to show our guests and kama‘aina the real jewels of our public lands and just want everyone to follow the rules, to behave, and most importantly to be safe.”
Source: The Garden Island

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