Maui News

Pools of ‘Ohe‘o Remain Closed; Scaling Contract Awarded

Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00


Haleakalā National Park has awarded a maintenance contract to Maris Inc. for rock scaling work and vegetation removal at ʻOheʻo Gulch in East Maui. Park officials say the project will significantly reduce the potential for rock fall hazards or falling debris.

Work is slated to begin in mid-January 2018 and is expected to finish in April 2018.

The date for re-opening the `Ohe`o pools to the public remains uncertain as weather and site conditions may affect the work schedule.

Due to rock slides, underwater hazards, and frequent flash floods, the park does not recommend swimming or wading in the Pools of ʻOheʻo.

The famous area closed last year on Jan. 3, 2017 due to a rock slide. One park visitor sustained minor injuries in the incident. The park closed the pools to protect visitor safety until mitigation measures could be completed.


In February 2017 a geo-technical engineering firm and rock fall mitigation contractor conducted a hazard assessment. Scaling was the recommended solution.


Scaling involves removal of vegetation, loose debris, and rocks likely to fall. Follow-up maintenance will include on-going monitoring of site conditions and clearing of new vegetation, debris, and rocks as needed.

Seven sacred pools. Oheo Gulch. Hana Kipahulu File Photo: Nikki Schenfeld

no slideshow

Image: Chris Archer / Oheo

no slideshow

ʻOheʻo Gulch / Image: Chris Archer

ʻOheʻo Gulch in East Maui region of Kīpahulu. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

ʻOheʻo Gulch in East Maui region of Kīpahulu. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

ʻOheʻo Gulch in East Maui region of Kīpahulu. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Pool at ʻOheʻo Gulch. Image courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

no slideshow

Oheo Gulch / Image: Chris Archer

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Mahalo for Subscribing
Make the most of your Maui vacation with these top-rated activities: Maui Top 20: Maui Visitor & Tourism Information


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments