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Pools of ʻOheʻo Closed Indefinitely Due to Rockslide

Posted January 6, 2017, 01:54 PM HST
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Pools of ʻOheʻo. PC: Haleakalā NPS.

A rockslide reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 has forced the closure of the Pools of ʻOheʻo in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park, until further notice.

One park visitor sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Park officials say the unanticipated rockslide was likely caused by oversaturated soils and unusually heavy rainfall in the Kīpahulu and Hāna areas.

To protect visitor safety, the park has closed the ‘Oheʻo Pools to visitors and they will remain closed until the area can be assessed for risk of further rockslides.

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“We are keeping the pools closed out of an abundance of caution. The safety of park visitors and our employees is our primary concern,” said park Superintendent Natalie Gates. “With current historic rainfall, we want to emphasize that any cliffside area in the park could be dangerous. Visitors should remain on designated trails at all times,” she said.

For further information park visitors can call (808) 572-4400, or check the park website.

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