Quinn said that it’s a decision that will be made by someone
higher than him, and does not know when it may reopen, but referred
to a “master plan” being considered by state park officials.
Details of the plan were not available.
Complicating the issue is a class action lawsuit filed against
the state by the law firm of Park Park Yu and Remillard on behalf
of nearly 30 people, who were either injured or are family of
those killed in the landslide accident. The suit seeks millions
of dollars in damages, and is still pending.
People have been arrested for attempting to hike the area,
and charged with petty misdemeanor, a crime that carries a $100
fine, according to Quinn.
Debbie Nichols, formerly of Schofield Barracks, was stunned
to learn that the park may reopen: “I can’t believe the state
is thinking of reopening that park. Wasn’t the loss of eight
lives enough to say the park should remain closed?”
O‘ahu resident Bob Gaddis disagrees, and is glad that the park
may reopen, “Do we close the ocean when someone drowns or is
injured? Does Vail Ski Resort close when an unexpected avalanche
kills some skiers? Does Colorado close its rivers when some
rafters run into disaster? No to all these,” said Gaddis. “The
people killed and injured were enjoying themselves, and I don’t
believe for a minute they would want the trail closed. It is
time to reopen Sacred Falls Trail.”