Park improvements to begin today

LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources will begin a $1 million improvement project at Kokee and Waimea Canyon state parks today. 

Work includes replacing water tanks servicing the comfort stations at the Puu Hinahina and Waimea Canyon lookouts in Waimea Canyon. There will also be roadway repairs and drainage improvements on Kokee Road and repaving the camping parking area in Kokee. The project is expected to be completed by the end of February.

The work will start at the Puu Hinahina lookout and Kokee State Park camping area in December, and proceed to the Waimea Canyon lookout and Kokee road in January.

Project impacts to the public will include closure of portions of the Waimea Canyon lookout for transporting and placement of the water tank. Comfort stations at the Puu Hinahina and Waimea Canyon lookouts may be temporarily closed when the water tanks are connected, while portable toilets will be provided for the interim, as needed.

Additionally, lane closures of portions of Kokee road will occur during repair and drainage improvements.

Signage and traffic control measures will be implemented during work on Kokee road.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this project as the repairs and improvements allow us to catch up with much needed park improvements,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator.

The contractor is Goodfellow Brothers Inc. and the project cost for the roadway and parking repair and improvements is $982,000.

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