Structural Concerns Force Closure of Headquarters Visitor Center

February 25, 2015, 12:47 PM HST · Updated February 26, 7:51 AM
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Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

By Wendy Osher

Structural damage forced the closure today of the Haleakalā Headquarters Visitor Center, located at the 7,000 foot elevation of Haleakalā National Park.

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Park officials say the closure is due to a cracked beam in the ceiling of the facility.

The headquarters building is located above Hosmer Grove and below the Halemauʻu Trail Head and Leleiwi Overlook.

Park spokesperson, Polly Angelakis said the building will be closed until further notice while the damage is assessed and repaired.  There is currently no estimate as to when it will reopen, but restrooms which are not near the damage will remain open during the assessment period.

The closure does not affect the Haleakalā Visitor Center, on the rim of the crater, at the 9,740 foot elevation.  That facility remains open and will be used as an alternate site for camping and cabin permit pickup before 3 p.m.
The Haleakalā Visitor Center near the summit is a 30 minute drive past the Summit Entrance Station.
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    Haleakalā Visitor Center, file photo by Wendy Osher.

    Haleakalā Visitor Center, file photo by Wendy Osher.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

    Headquarters Visitor Center Closed due to Structural Concerns. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

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