Full story….Waipi‘o Valley Public Access Closed May 22–25, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Waipi‘o Valley Public Access Closed May 22–25, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

In anticipation of large crowd gatherings combined with the lack of resources to enforce COVID safe physical distancing practices, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works announces that public access to Waipi‘o Valley is closed 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25.

Waipio Valley shorelineThe closure and safety measures are due to numerous visitors to the area not conforming to COVID-19 social distancing and exceeding crowd size restrictions. Special duty officers and Waipi‘o Valley Rangers will be on site at the top of the road leading into the valley to ensure valley access is restricted to local traffic only (residents, land owners, and farmers). Local traffic will be allowed to pass through a single vehicle at a time.

The public is reminded that according to the latest amendment to Mayor Kim’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 4, all County of Hawai‘i beach and shoreline parks, except Hakalau Beach Park and Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole Park, are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. subject to the following restrictions that seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

● No group shall exceed 10 people.

● All persons using open beach and shoreline areas who are not part of the same household shall comply with state and county social distancing requirements.

● All pavilions, playgrounds, sport courts and fields, indoor facilities, and similar areas where gatherings may occur in these beach parks shall remain closed.

Valley tours are not authorized during this time.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 961-8321.

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