Oheo Stream area to be closed for work

The Oheo Stream area along the Pipiwai Trail in the Haleakala National Park’s Kipahulu District will be closed for several days beginning today for servicing of stream-monitoring equipment.

Per Haleakala National Park safety policy, the stream is closed whenever the equipment is offline because flood levels cannot be determined.

The stream-monitoring equipment consists of a series of sensors along several miles of the Palikea and Oheo streams. The sensors track water levels and rainfall and sounds an alarm in the Kipahulu Visitor Center when flash flood conditions are possible. The triggering of the alarm signals heightened flood potential and results in closing of the pools to visitors, the national park news release said.

Visitors are advised to abide by posted “stream closed” signs and the directions of park staff. Injuries and fatalities have resulted from visitors entering closed areas, according to the news release.