Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
|Mauna Kea State Recreation Area|
Mauna Kea in background
|Area||20.5 acres (8.3 ha)|
|Governing body||State of Hawaii|
The 20.5-acre (8.3 ha) park is administered by the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources. The park is located on Saddle Road (Route 200) 35 miles (56 km) west of Hilo, at with about 6,500 feet (2,000 m) elevation. Facilities include restrooms, cabins and camping, trash cans, and a picnic area. As of 2010[update] water improvements are planned.
Wild pigs and sheep can be hunted in the area. The dry shrublands get cold at night due to the elevation. The nearby Bradshaw Field, a military airstrip on the Pohakuloa Training Area, and artillery practices can disturb the quiet of the site.
On August 18, 2009 Senator Daniel Inouye and other officials held a ceremony at the park marking the third phase of the realignment of the Saddle Road. The first three phases improved 22 miles of the 55-mile (89 km) road, through the 8 miles (13 km) west of the park and 14 miles (23 km) east of the park. On August 22, 2010, a fire broke out between the park and the training area. Dry conditions, strong winds, and steep terrain hampered fighting efforts, although military helicopters were used. The fire burned for over a week, with traffic diverted to the older saddle road and the park closed down.
In 2014, Hawaiʻi County took over management from the state in 2014 to improve the facilities.
In 2017, the Hawaiʻi County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that Mauna Kea Recreation Area would be closed indefinitely.
- "Mauna Kea State Recreation Area". official state park web site. Archived from the original on April 19, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Mauna Kea State Recreation Area". Hawai‘i Capital Improvement Projects for Recreational Infrastructure web site. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
- Chelsea Jensen (August 19, 2009). "On the road to completion: Third phase of Saddle improvements done". West Hawaii Today. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
- Carolyn Lucas-Zenk (August 24, 2010). "Pohakuloa brush fire closes Saddle Road". West Hawaii Today. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "Pohakuloa brush fire closes Saddle Road". Hawaii 24/7. August 29, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "$10.5M renovation coming to Mauna Kea Recreation Area", West Hawaii Today, February 10, 2016. http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/105m-renovation-coming-mauna-kea-recreation-area
- "Mauna Kea Recreation Area Closed Until Further Notice", Big Island Now, February 1, 2017. http://bigislandnow.com/2017/02/01/mauna-kea-recreation-area-closed-until-further-notice/