Waipio Valley public access closes Friday

  • Waipio Valley Road descends 900 feet in less than a mile and has an average grade of 25 percent, though some areas are steeper. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

In anticipation of large crowd gatherings for the Statehood Day holiday weekend, combined with the lack of resources to enforce COVID-19 safe physical distancing practices, the County of Hawaii Department of Public Works announced Thurdsay it is closing Waipio Valley to the public from 7 a.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday.

Special duty officers and Waipio Valley Rangers will be on site at the top of the road leading into the valley to ensure valley access is restricted to local traffic only (residents, landowners and farmers).

Local traffic will be allowed to pass through, one vehicle at a time.

For more information, call 961-8321.

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