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Key Trail Reopens Following Storm Damage Repair

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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The Kalaupapa Pali Trail has reopened following the recent completion of major trail repairs. The trail was officially closed on April 13th due to heavy rains that caused a catastrophic landslide and washed away part of the trail and bridge. Repair of the trail was a top priority in Pacific West Region because it is the only overland connection for visitors and residents to travel to Kalaupapa. The cost of the repair work was nearly $400,000 and involved trail crews from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park, and employees of Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tours. The bridge replacement work required sophisticated engineering and geo-technical studies prior to installation. Historically, this portion of the trail has been the most hazardous and prone to washouts. Previous bridges installed over the past 25 years were temporary solutions and a more stable solution was needed to ensure the safety of visitors and mule trains along the trail. The new bridge, made of strong, light-weight aluminum, is supported by two solid footings that are literally bolted into the sheer cliff face at each end.



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