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Federal Government Shutdown Results in Haleakalā Sunrise Summit Closure

January 20, 2018, 9:54 AM HST (Updated January 21, 2018, 10:25 AM) · 54 Comments
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Sunrise at Haleakalā, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Haleakalā National Park will remain mostly accessible during the federal government shutdown that went into effect early Saturday morning. Park officials say that for now, the facility is only closed during sunrise hours.

Due to the lapse of appropriations, parks officials say national parks will remain as accessible as possible, while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

Aside from a daily 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. closure of the Summit District, all Haleakalā NP roads, lookouts, trails, and campgrounds will remain accessible to visitors.

Emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no park-provided visitor services, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance (including treatment for winter road conditions). Backcountry cabin and camping permits are not being issued.

Because of the shutdown, social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs and volunteer projects have been canceled.

For weather updates, go to http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=HIZ022 OR http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/haleakalanew/weather.shtml

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All park regulations remain in effect. Electronic message boards outside the park, as well as signs posted on park buildings, will remind visitors of conditions. A list of current access and closures follows:

SUMMIT DISTRICT
 CLOSED TO VISITATION DURING SUNRISE HOURS (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.). Open (with no restroom facilities or other services) at all other times.
 Summit District trails: Open (limited emergency response).
 Hosmer Grove Campground: Open (no restroom or other facilities).
 Backcountry cabins: Cabin users with existing reservations should make alternative plans.
Refunds may be requested via recreation.gov after federal operations resume.
 Restrooms: Closed.
 Headquarters Visitor Center, at 7,000 feet of elevation: Closed.
 Haleakalā Visitor Center, at 9,741 feet of elevation: Closed.
 Park-specific road, weather, or trail condition updates: Unavailable.

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During a federal government shutdown, Haleakalā National Park does not monitor or update social media, however park administrators posted an update on the Park’s Facebook page this morning to keep visitors and residents informed of what to expect amid the shutdown, which went into effect early this morning.

Some Haleakalā NP areas are accessible; however access may change without notice, and there are no park-provided services. For more information please go to www.nps.gov/hale.

All park regulations remain in effect. An access/closure list for the Summit District and Kīpahulu District follows:

Access/Closures:
• SUMMIT DISTRICT: CLOSED TO VISITATION DURING SUNRISE HOURS (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.). Open (with no restroom facilities or other services) at all other times.
• Kīpahulu District trails and Summit District trails: Open (limited emergency response).
• Hosmer Grove Campground and Kīpahulu Campground: Open (no restroom or other facilities).
• Backcountry cabins: Cabin users with existing reservations should make alternative plans. Cabin refunds may be requested via recreation.gov after federal operations resume.
• All restrooms in both districts: Closed.
• Headquarters Visitor Center, at 7000 feet of elevation: Closed.
• Haleakalā Visitor Center, at 9741 feet of elevation: Closed.
• Park-specific road, weather, or trail condition updates: Unavailable. For weather, go to http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=HIZ022OR http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/haleakalanew/weather.shtml
• Website and social media: Will not be updated.
• Volunteer projects: Cancelled.
• Kīpahulu Visitor Center, in the coastal Kīpahulu District, past Hana: Closed,
• Pools of `Ohe`o, Kīpahulu District: Closed.

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