(BIVN) – Akaka Falls State Park has been reopened, following repairs to the .4 mile loop trail that traverses the scenic waterfall vistas.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks announced on Wednesday that they completed the repair work ahead of schedule. The fix was necessary due to “accidental damage caused by earlier removal of invasive albizia trees in February this year,” officials said.
From the DLNR:
Site Engineering completed the repairs to the Akaka Falls walkway as of October 30 and Division of State Parks opened the entire trail as October 31. Repairs had been expected to take until December, so the park is re-opening earlier than expected.
The work quality appears to be good and the path of the walkway has been adjusted where the stairs are located for improved safety. Project cost is $297,400.
Repairs were completed on the longer trail section that is to the right of the loop trail starting point that was closed after the damage. Workers removed and repaired damaged concrete walkways and steps, and replaced railings
The entire park was closed from October 16 – 20 for work on the shorter, left side of the trail to the Akaka Falls lookout.
The DLNR says the park’s paved route “offers a pleasant family walk through lush tropical vegetation” and offers to “stunning viewpoints of the two waterfalls,” the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The hike requires some physical exertion, is not wheelchair accessible, and will take about 1/2 hour for the full loop.