Maui visitors felt the effects of the partial government shutdown in reduced National Park services over the past month. Haleakala National Park has now resumed regular visitor services. This includes Haleakala summit and the Kipahulu district near Hana.
In the Summit District, the Headquarter Visitor Center at 7,000 feet and the Haleakala Visitor Center at 9,741 feet will be open to the public. Reservations for observing the sunrise continue to be required from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.; to make a reservation, visit recreation.gov.
All district roads and trails and the Hosmer Grove campground are open. Restrooms and trash removal services have resumed, as well as permit camping for backcountry cabins. Refunds for permits during the shutdown may be requested at recreation.gov.
In the Kipahulu District near Hana, the visitor center is open, as well as all district roads and trails, the Kipahulu campground and the Holua and Paliku tent campgrounds. Restrooms and trash removal services have resumed.
Big news to visitors is the Pools of O’he’o have reopened. The pools were closed to the public for nearly two years, reopened in December, only to be closed again due to the shutdown. Please note that When flash flooding is imminent, the pools may be closed with little notice.
All park interpretive and educational programs are being offered once again. Hopefully the government will come to a budget resolution and we will not face another shutdown.
Mahalo nui loa to members of the Hawaiian community that volunteered their time to protect lands within the park during the shutdown when park personnel were not available.