Holua area closed for ant treatment

The Holua camping area in Haleakala Crater will be closed to campers Wednesday night for work to control non-native Argentine ants, Haleakala National Park said.

The Argentine ants are an invasive species and a threat to native endemic species such as the Hawaiian yellow-faced bees.

Holua is the closest camping site to the Halemauu Trail, a major access point to the crater. Park control efforts are focused on the area to prevent accidental human spread of the ants to uninfested backcountry areas.

The Holua camping area will reopen to campers Thursday. All other backcountry trails, cabins and the Paliku camping area will remain open and will not be affected by this closure.