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Iao Valley plans to be discussed

The Maui News

Proposed improvements at Iao Valley State Monument that include a new entry, water and sewer system upgrades and expansion of parking areas will be discussed at a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks is holding the gathering to gather insights from the public on the plans. Project staff members will be on hand to meet with attendees.

Plans include a new entry, additional disabled accessible parking stalls and aisles, water and sewer system upgrades, comfort station improvements with new roofing and fixtures, and expansion of existing parking areas. Slope stabilization along Kinihapai Stream also is planned.

The state Legislature has appropriated $3 million for the improvements. Project designs are slated for completion this year with construction expected to begin in 2020, the DLNR said in a news release. Park closures are planned during construction for safety reasons.

A flood in September 2016 damaged trails, undermined the steep slopes in the park and altered the course of the Wailuku River. Emergency repairs were made, including reducing the size of the parking lot and shoring up the slopes.

Iao Valley is a cultural, spiritual and historically significant location and is one of the island’s top visitor locations.

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