State parks to close early on NYE


The Department of Land and Natural Resources will close Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kekaha Kai State Park and Kiholo State Park Reserve early on New Year’s Eve.

Hapuna Beach, including the Waialea Bay section, Kekaha Kai State Park, including the Maniniowali (Kua Bay) and Mahaiula sections, and Kiholo State Park Reserve will all close at 5 p.m.

“We are closing the park early to discourage use of fireworks, which is prohibited in state parks, and to protect the public and natural resources of the area,” said DLNR Chairman William J. Aila Jr.

Normal park hours will resume on New Year’s Day, as follows: Kekaha Kai State Park — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Kiholo State Park Reserve — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.