(BIVN) – The “Narnia” area of Hilo has been closed by the State of Hawaiʻi.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources says last weekend, an estimated 100 people gathered at the J7 ranch to get in streams and waterfalls above the ranch, which led to the prompt closure and law enforcement action.
From the Hawaiʻi DLNR:
The waterways above the J7 (Wailuku River, Hookelekele Stream, Lauiole Falls, Pukamaui Falls and Kauwehu Falls) are collectively known as “Narnia”, and are part of the Hilo Restricted Watershed Section of the Hilo Forest Reserve.
Access is restricted and requires a permit for entry (HAR 13-105-4). The DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) is not issuing any permits for access to that area at this time. Hunters are allowed to access Hilo Restricted Watershed with a valid hunting license for the purpose of hunting on weekends and holidays only. A major access point is through the J-7 ranch, (currently unencumbered land TMK: (3) 2-5-009:004) and this area is now also closed to the public.
All other uses are prohibited at this time and the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and Hawai‘i County Police will be enforcing all State laws and rules.
The DLNR also closed a number of coastal state parks to mirror the County of Hawaiʻi’s recent Emergency Order closing all county beach parks, starting on Friday, September 4.