The county Department of Parks and Recreation announced vehicular access to the shoreline at Hanalei Black Pot Beach, between the Hanalei River mouth and the Hanalei Pier, will be prohibited as of today, Sept. 15 due to beach erosion.
“We have been monitoring this area for the past few days and the erosion has come to a point where it is dangerous for vehicles to attempt to access this area,” Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo said in a press release. “Vehicular access to this area will be blocked until further notice as a safety precaution.”
Officials also report that the erosion has begun to expose the roots of the Ironwood trees along the shoreline. Crews will be trimming those trees today to mitigate the safety concern while attempting to keep the trees intact.
The public is reminded the county has a designated public parking lot along Weke Road, across from Black Pot Beach Park.
The county is urging park users to use extreme caution when visiting Black Pot Beach.