Whale sanctuary and Kealia refuge reopen

The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei are open again, following the resolution of the federal budget and debt crises on Wednesday, officials said.

Dave Ellis of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, refuge manager at Kealia in South Maui, said Friday that the boardwalk and visitor center are open again. The refuge had closed its gates Oct. 1 due to the federal government shutdown.

Ka’au Abraham, Maui island coordinator for the whale sanctuary, said Friday that the visitor center reopened. The visitor center also had been closed due to the shutdown.

Haleakala National Park reopened Thursday.