DLNR urges park users to avoid illegal gatherings this weekend

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A group fishes off Coconut Island on Wednesday before rain rolls into Hilo. This fivesome is fine, but ahead of the three-day weekend, Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said large gatherings may require the department to shut down some parks or beaches to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Officials are urging residents to avoid illegal gatherings at state parks over the Labor Day weekend or face penalties.