LIHUE — The Hawaii Department of Transportation said Friday that following the completion of the full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge on Kuhio Highway, on Monday, June 17 at 5 a.m., the highway will be opened without restrictions.
Kuhio Highway past Waipa Bridge is currently accessible only to placard-holders on a set convoy schedule. Crews will be working on Kamehameha Day on Tuesday, and access will be on the Monday-Saturday schedule.
Non-residents planning to access the area after restrictions are lifted are reminded of the following:
w A “no parking” zone has been established between Haena Place and Ke‘e Beach. Parking along Kuhio Highway in this zone is a violation of Chapter 291C-111 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and could result in fines of $200 plus an additional $200 surcharge.
w Access to Haena State Park is by reservation: www.hanaleiinitiative.org
w Construction closures to complete the replacements of Waikoko Bridge and Waipa Bridge are scheduled for the nights of Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13. The full weekend closure for Waikoko Bridge is scheduled for June 14-17.
w The second full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway at Waipa Bridge is now scheduled for July 12-15. This closure was scheduled to avoid the weekends of the Haena-to-Hanalei Run (June 29), and the July 4th holiday weekend. Wainiha and Haena residents and other authorized placard-holders should retain their placards for access during the full weekend closure in July.