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Storms Knock Out Access Trail, Power And Phones

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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The Pali Trail access to Kalaupapa National Historical Park has been closed due to severe erosion and slide activity adjacent to a bridge near the top portion of the three-and-a-half mile long trail. The Pali Trail is used by visitors and park employees travelling by foot and mule train from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa NHP. The only other access to Kalaupapa NHP is by a commercial airline or on-demand airplane charters, both of which are expensive. Emergency funds to conduct repairs to the bridge have been authorized and selection of a contractor should occur in the near future. Damage to the bridge was caused by several days of heavy rainfall. However, plans to replace the old bridge were already in process prior to the recent rain event. In addition, the entire Kalaupapa peninsula has been without electrical power and phone service since April 11th due to heavy rains and high winds that knocked down power lines that descend the 1,600-foot-high cliffs above the park. Park employees and residents are using generators for power and satellite phones for communication until electrical power is restored.



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