Haleakalā National Park Reports Assault on Hiker

July 16, 2018, 3:08 PM HST · Updated July 17, 8:53 AM
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Haleakalā Summit road. PC: Wendy Osher.

A female hiker reported being assaulted at Maui’s Haleakalā Crater on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Park rangers are attempting to locate the assailant, who is described as a male, 5’9″ tall, in his mid-to-late 30s, wearing black plants and a black T-shirt.

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The search involves the entire crater area and rangers are employing the help of the Hāna District of Maui Police Department and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Visitor Access to the crater from the Summit and Kipahulu Districts is closed through the Wednesday afternoon July 18, 2018. No cabin or backcountry camping permits will be issued until further notice. Visitors are welcome in all frontcountry (accessible by road) areas of the Summit and Kīpahulu Districts (including the Pīpīwai Trail). Sunrise visitation at the Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings is open to reservation holders and tours.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact National Park Service Dispatch at (808) 985-6179 or Maui Police Department at 808-244-6400

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