Haleakalā Update on Federal Government Shutdown

December 24, 2018, 8:26 AM HST · Updated December 24, 8:26 AM
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Haleakalā National Park file photo: Centennial sunrise. PC: Tad Craig

Haleakalā National Park today issued an update on the federal government shutdown and how it is impacting operations on Maui.

During the lapse in appropriations, park officials say Haleakalā National Park will remain as accessible as possible, while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

The public is advised that emergency medical response will be extremely limited and backcountry camping or cabin permits will not be issued. Electronic message boards, as well as signs posted on park buildings are in place to remind visitors of these conditions.

Park-specific road, weather or trail condition updates are unavailable. Visitors may want to reference the following links to stay informed: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=HIZ022 or http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/haleakalanew/weather.shtml

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The public is also advised that emergency response maybe delayed or absent. For public safety, visitors are advised to respect all area closures.

A list of closures for the Summit District and Kīpahulu District follows:

Closures:

  • Headquarters Visitor Center, at 7000 feet of elevation: closed.
  • Haleakalā Visitor Center, at 9741 feet of elevation: closed.
  • Backcountry cabins: cabin users with existing reservations should make alternative plans. Cabin refunds may be requested via www.recreation.gov after federal operations resume.
  • Kīpahulu Visitor Center, in the park’s Kīpahulu District: closed”
  • Pools of ʻOheʻo, Kīpahulu District: closed.
  • Website and social media: will not be updated.
  • Volunteer projects: cancelled.

Open:

  • Summit District roads and trails: (limited emergency response).
  • Kīpahulu District roads and trails open (limited emergency response).

For further information, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

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