Installation of new steel poles at Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area to improve resilience in East Oahu

Weekday closure of parking lot and hiking trail for three weeks

Release Date: 10/30/2020

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HONOLULU, Oct. 30, 2020 – Starting Monday, Nov. 2, until Wednesday, Nov. 25, Hawaiian Electric crews will install new steel poles at Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area to replace the existing aluminum tower structures which are several decades old. The project is part of a phased upgrade to improve resilience in East Oahu.

The work will require the daily closure of the parking lot and hiking trails, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., except weekends and holidays. At times, a helicopter will be used to transport equipment and materials to the work site located high on the ridge trail. The temporary closure will ensure the safety of recreational hikers and mountain bikers who are urged to exercise extreme caution when the trail is available during this period.

The public can check the Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program website ( for updates on the trail closure days, which are subject to change without notice.

Special security detail will be onsite to direct the public.