MAUI CLOSURE UPDATES: What’s Open & Closed Due to Kilo
By Maui Now Staff
Due to the heavy rains and inclement weather, there are several closures in effect for Maui County today.
FACILITY CLOSURES: (due to flash flooding hazards)
- Waiehu Golf Course
- ʻĪao Valley State Park,
- Mākena Beach Park and the
- State Forest Reserves at Kula, Makawao and Waihou Springs.
- Haleakalā National Park’s summit road opened at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, after flooding along the roadway subsided. The park will be open for sunrise viewing Tuesday morning. The Kīpahulu District remains closed on Monday and will re-open on Tuesday. The stream remains closed due to the recent theft of safety monitoring equipment. Intermittent storm conditions are expected for the immediate future. Visitors may encounter heavy wind and rain, thunder, lightning, fog, extremely poor visibility, and flooding at any time.
MAUI BUS ROUTES:
Several Maui Bus fixed routes including the Kahului Loop and Kīhei Islander routes were running behind schedule due to a downed tree at the intersection of Puʻunēnē and Dairy Road. Senior transportation services in Hāna, provided through the Human Services Transportation Program, were canceled today.
UPDATE, ROAD CLOSURES: 9:10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.
- Piʻilani Hwy – 31 – between Mile 38 and 25 (Kaupō to Kanaio) is CLOSED due to large landslide at Mile 37. County crews are clearing the roadway.
- ʻUlaʻino Rd and Waikoloa Rd in Hāna are also CLOSED.
*All other roads are OPEN.
As of 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, Maui Police Department reported that Hāna Highway between Twin Falls and Hāna Ranch was OPEN. MPD also reported small rocks and other debris on the roadway near Kīpahulu and Honomanū, as well as the following road closures:
- County crews open up the Hāna Highway from Hāna Town to Kīpahulu; however Kīpahulu to ʻUlupalakua remains closed.
- Piʻilani Highway (31) MP 38 – 25 (Kīpahulu/Kaupō area): The road is closed and impassable. There are numerous landslides and streams flowing over the road.
- ʻUlaʻino Road: The road is closed. Roadway has washed out at Mahele Farms and is impassable to vehicles.
- Waikoloa Road: The road is closed. Waikoloa stream is running steadily.
Motorists are advised to stay off the roads as much as possible and to exercise extreme caution when driving.
Hāna and Kilohana Schools were closed today, as well as Doris Todd Christian Academy in Pāʻia.
A Flash Flood Warning for Maui Island remains in place until 1 p.m.; and a Flood Watch has been extended to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.
As Tropical Depression Kilo appears to be moving away from the Hawaiian Islands, the Maui County Civil Defense Agency advised the public to remain vigilant during this year’s active hurricane season.