The DLNR Division of State Parks, in consultation with other DLNR divisions and the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency has reopened MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Lower Puna as of Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The park had been closed since shortly after the beginning of the East Rift Zone eruption in early May.
While the park is reopening, there are continuing restrictions for people traveling across recent lava flows to reach the shoreline at Pohoiki. The route traverses through a portion of the Malama Kī Forest Reserve, which was also closed for several months, and over state unencumbered land. The forest reserve, also closed for several months due to eruptive activity, is reopening simultaneously with MacKenzie SRA. A safety buffer of 50 meters from recent lava flows in the forest reserve will be maintained until further notice.
Anyone venturing into the restricted zone is still subject to citation or arrest for loitering in a disaster zone. More than 90 people were cited over the course of several months when the entire area had been declared off-limits.
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