Haleakalā Headquarters Visitor Center to Re-open, March 17

March 16, 2015, 2:51 PM HST · Updated March 16, 2:52 PM
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New support poles at the Visitor Center. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

New support poles at the Visitor Center. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

By Maui Now Staff

The Headquarters Visitor Center of Haleakalā National Park will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, after a Feb. 25 closure, when staff reported a cracked beam in the ceiling of the facility.

Visitors will once again be able to obtain park information and camping permits at this visitor center, which is just a few minutes drive past the Summit Entrance Station.

Cabin and camping permits should be picked up at Headquarters Visitor Center before 3 p.m. on days of operation.

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The building closed during the last week of February due to a large crack in the ceiling beam located directly above the visitor center desk.

Park maintenance staff secured the beam but kept the building closed until a structural engineer could fully assess the damage.

An assessment was conducted at the building last week, and park staff made needed repairs to secure the beam.

Park officials say the ceiling beam will be replaced when roof maintenance occurs this summer.

“Mahalo nui loa to our visitors, partners, and staff for their patience during this visitor center closure,” said park chief of interpretation Polly Angelakis in a statement. “We look forward to re-opening.”

The closure did not affect the Haleakalā Visitor Center, on the rim of the crater, at the 9,740 foot elevation.  That facility remained open throughout repairs at the lower elevation visitor center.

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