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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige approves Hawaii County’s proposal to open certain parks, recreational facilities

Posted on May 29, 2020 in COVID-19 News Releases, Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed Hawai‘i County’s Emergency Rule No. 7, submitted by Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim, allowing certain county parks and recreational facilities to re-open, with modifications.

The following rules must be followed:

  • Social distancing requirements contained in Gov. Ige’s eighth supplementary emergency proclamation
  • No gatherings of more than 10 people
  • No organized sports activities
  • No contact sports
  • No camping or use of any grills
  • No erection of canopies larger than 10’X10’
  • No use of pavilions or shad structures
  • All permits and reservations for use associated with all park sites and recreational facilities are canceled through June 30,2020
  • Commercial activities may resume, subject to approval by the Director of Parks and Recreation and provided they adhere to applicable industry standards, CDC guidance, and State and County requirements.

In addition – certain parks and recreational facilities in Hawai‘i County will remain closed, including:

    • All community centers and senior centers
    • All gymnasiums and covered play court facilities and Waiākea Recreation Center
    • All swimming pools

Also closed: Hakalau Beach Park (previously closed), Ho‘olulu Complex (excluding the outdoor tennis courts), Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole Park (construction), Laurence J. Capellas Ballfield (site shared with DOE), Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens (construction), Shipman Gym (site shared with DOE) and Waiākea Waena Park (site shared with DOE).

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
[email protected]

Cindy McMillan
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0012
[email protected]