Hanauma Bay to reopen Saturday after tsunami-related closure

The Department of Parks and Recreation announced Hanauma Bay will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 19.

It was closed Thursday and Friday due to the possibility of hazardous currents in the wake of Wednesday’s 8.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile.

The Visitor’s Center, parking lot, and lookouts on the upper level remained open to the public while the beach level was closed.

Honolulu Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services closely monitored wave activity in the bay, and determined conditions were safe enough to reopen.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled Hawaii’s tsunami advisory shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources reopened all coastal and low-lying state parks and forest areas (including wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves and game management areas) on all islands at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Maui County public beach parks, the Kipahulu campground at Haleakala National Park, and Jetty Road in Nawiliwili were also reopened Thursday morning.

Siren testing on Oahu originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ala Wai Golf Course, Ala Wai Regional Park, and Wailupe Beach Park was postponed to Monday, Sept. 21, to avoid confusion.

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