KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Just in time for the weekend, the popular Kahaluʻu Beach Park in Kona is back in business.
The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that Kahaluʻu Beach Park reopened as of this afternoon. All plumbing and maintenance repairs have been completed, officials say.
The park was closed on February 24 due to a broken sewer clean-out. Parks staff worked steadily to do the repairs and ensure that the water quality at the site was acceptable under State Department of Health rules, the county says.
“We appreciate the hard work of our Parks maintenance staff,” said Parks and Recreation Director Charmaine Kamaka in a media release. “They really pulled for us to get the park reopened quickly and safely.”
Kamaka thanked the public for their patience and understanding, and also thanked the Department of Environmental Management’s Wastewater Division for their assistance.
Kahaluʻu wasn’t the only place along the Kona coast that got the attention of the Hawaii Department of Health in recent weeks. On March 2, an alert was issued concerning elevated bacteria along the Kona Coast Beach Park.
“The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci for this area,” reads a message posted to the DOH advisory page on Friday. “Contact with water in this area may cause illness. This advisory will remain in effect until water sample results no longer exceed the recreational water quality standard.”