LIHUE, Hawaii - The Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced that Ha'ena State Park and the Kalalau Trail in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park will reopen in early-to-mid June. The official reopening date will be announced in May.

Since April's devastating flood, the parks have remained closed as repairs and new improvements are added.

"In accordance with a park master plan and an Environmental Impact Statement adopted in 2018, improvements installed to replace damaged ones will support a new management paradigm which includes reduced parking and visitor limits," DLNR wrote in a press release.

The improvements are an effort to decrease impacts made on park resources, mitigate over-tourism and enhance visitor experiences.

A new advanced reservation system will be available prior to the park's reopening. A new county-supported shuttle system will allow visitors with reservations to access the park without traffic and parking issues.

“For permitted overnight campers along the Kalalau Trail, the reservation system will function as it always has, and those with permits to camp will NOT be subject to the visitor limits. However, under the new management scheme, overnight visitors to the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park will not be able to leave their vehicles at Ha'ena State Park," said Alan Carpenter, Assistant Administrator for the DLNR Division of State Park. "They will need to take the shuttle or arrange for other transportation to the trailhead. The Kalalau camping reservation system will be re-activated once the opening date is finalized.”

When the parks reopen, visitors should expect delays on Kuhio Highway as bridges are still under repair. There will also be no-parking zones outside of the park. Visitors are encouraged to purchase both their reservations and a seat on the new shuttle to avoid added stress.