HANA - Beginning Monday, visitors to Waianapanapa State Park can expect some inconveniences and delays as construction begins to replace the potable water system that serves daily visitors, campers and those staying in rental cabins.
Access to the park's beach and restroom facilities will remain open while the waterline project is under way. But some delays are expected for those entering or leaving the park during construction. The road to the rental cabins will be closed.
No new cabin reservations or camping permits will be issued for February and March.
State parks staff and the contractor, Goodfellow Brothers, will work to accommodate park users holding previously approved cabin reservations and camping permits, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which manages the park.
Work on the park's water system is estimated to cost approximately $500,000. The project is targeted for completion in July.
People holding permits for camping or with cabin reservations were informed of construction work, noise and delays at the park. They can retain their permits or cancel them and receive a full refund.
Work on the park's east section, serving 12 rental cabins will begin Monday and last through March 31.
Work on the park's west section will begin Feb. 23 and will include installation of a water system backflow preventer and replacement of water main laterals, which serve the park caretaker's office/residence, comfort station, outdoor shower, service hose bibs and water fountains.
The park's entrance on Honokalani Road may be temporarily closed during March and April. There may also be intermittent shutoff of water service in the park to connect the new water system with the main service line along the roadway. The closures will be planned during a nonpeak period and last a few hours.
DLNR Chairwoman Laura Thielen said that the water system improvements are part of "ongoing efforts to upgrade our aging state park facilities and infrastructure statewide and to ensure public health and safety."
She said officials will try to minimize inconveniences while the project is ongoing.
For more information, call the state parks Maui office at 984-8109 or the state parks Honolulu office at (808) 587-0300.