Starting Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin paving repairs to the main parking areas at the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area that services the makai areas of the Hapuna Beach section of the park. Additional work will be completed at the Waialea section of the park. The project is expected to take 90 days to complete, or sooner if conditions allow.
The improvements include the removal of existing asphalt paving, repairing road shoulders, installation of new asphalt paving, new striping, replacement of wheel stops, signage as needed, and related improvements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Other work will include the grubbing of unused park areas adjacent to existing parking areas for park use including storage and parking, in compliance with County of Hawaii permitting requirements.
The park will remain open during the project. However, certain parking areas will be closed to allow for visitor safety during the construction activities. The contractor may also be closing or narrowing roadway access to accommodate the project activities.
Project will occur during normal day use hours of the park and no work will be done on the weekends unless there is an imminent need. To ensure the safety of park users, traffic control measures will be implemented as wells as appropriate barriers, coverings and implements.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding from visitors and kamaaina using the park during this time of our repair project. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a popular destination for all users.” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.
The contractor is Keauhou Kona Construction Corporation and the project cost is $650,000.
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a landscaped beach park on 61.8 acres, with swimming during calm seas, bodysurfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing and other beach-related activities, and lifeguard services. There is hiking along the Ala Kahakai coastal trail, picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities. The park has restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, lodging, trash cans, drinking water, and payphone. It is located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19), 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae. It is open daily during daylight hours.