O‘ahu’s popular Mānoa Falls Trail reopened Sunday after being closed for improvements since July 2019—just in time for National Trails Day. With tourists streaming back to the area, The Conversation talked to State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell about regenerative tourism and how Hawai‘i can manage its recreational hotspots.
The trail was originally closed so the state Department of Land and Natural Resources could install a rockfall hazard mitigation fence next to the 150-foot falls. With the trail closed for the fence installation, Nā Ala Hele also installed some long overdue trail safety improvements, the DLNR said.
Improvements included widening the trail for two-way traffic, trail bed resurfacing, new steps, and erosion and water runoff control measures, according to the DLNR. Before the pandemic, Nā Ala Hele said Mānoa Falls attracted 700 to 1,000 people daily.
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