More than 100 people gathered last weekend at the J7 Ranch near Hilo to access the streams and waterfalls above the ranch, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The waterways — Wailuku River, Hookelekele Stream, Lauiole Falls, Pukamaui Falls and Kauwehu Falls — are collectively known as “Narnia”, and are part of the Hilo Restricted Watershed Section of the Hilo Forest Reserve.
According to DLNR, access is restricted and requires a permit for entry. The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife is not issuing any permits for access to that area at this time.
Hunters are allowed to access Hilo Restricted Watershed with a valid hunting license for the purpose of hunting on weekends and holidays only.
A major access point is through the J-7 Ranch, and this area is now also closed to the public.
All other uses are prohibited at this time and the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement and Hawaii County Police will be enforcing all state laws and rules.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald