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                            Department of Customer Services
                           City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2002 

ONE-WEEK DELAY IN START OF TWO-WEEK HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE CLOSURE 

The two-week closure for major construction at the City’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, which was scheduled to begin on April 10, 2002, will start on April 16.  The nature preserve is expected to reopen on May 1. 
 
“We are accommodating the contractor’s request for a little more time to finish work on the lower level of the preserve,” said Managing Director Ben Lee.  “The work includes completing showers and comfort stations, concessions, lifeguard storage, paving and landscaping.  Once the lower level work is completed, the contractor will begin paving the road that connects the upper and lower levels of the preserve. The new roadway surface will be of textured concrete.  During that period, no vehicles or pedestrians will be allowed to use the road,” he continued.   
 
Although normally closed on Tuesdays, the Department of Parks and Recreation has decided to have the park open on Kuhio Day, Tuesday, March 26, so that residents and visitors can enjoy it during the State holiday. 
The two-week closure will allow landscaping and major paving and roadway work to be done on the upper level as well.  Paving work includes the public parking lot, bus parking lot loading zone and other areas.   
 
Additional queries about the closure should be directed to the park’s information line at 396-4229. 
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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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