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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 6:01 p.m., Thursday, October 26, 2006

Parts of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park closed

Advertiser Staff

HILO, Hawai'i — Continuing rock slides at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park prompted the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to close portions of the park today until the state determines the areas are safe.

The order closes public access to the Pali and Ka'awaloa Flat land sections within the park.

The Oct. 15 earthquakes triggered a major landslide at Kealakekua Bay from the park pali or cliffs, and the pali "remains unstable," said said Peter Young, chairman of DLNR in a written statement released today.

"Rocks are continuing to fall, threatening lives and property not only in Kealakekua Bay but also at portions of the Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park," Young said.

The closed ocean area includes everything land-side of an alignment on the bay from the Captain Cook Monument to the Hikiau Heiau.

The closed land area includes all of Pali o Manuahi above Hikiau, and Pali Kapu o Keoua above the bay to the north and over Ka'awaloa. It includes the face of the cliffs, up to 300 feet inland from the edge of the cliffs, and Ka'awaloa Flat.

Young said people and vessels can still enter the water at Napo'opo'o Landing and use most of the bay, but cannot enter the closed areas.

The U.S. Coast Guard had already established an ocean safety zone within Kealakekua Bay, temporarily closing portions of the bay. The Coast Guard order was amended to cover the same ocean areas as the DLNR order.