Park services at Haleakala getting back to normal after shutdown

Visitors center back in business; Pools of Oheo also open

A silversword is shown growing in terrain above one of the Haleakala National Park visitors centers in 2016. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Maui News

Haleakala National Park will resume regular visitor services following the end of the 35-day federal government shutdown, park officials announced Sunday.

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, as well as all district roads and trails and the Hosmer Grove campground. Restrooms and trash removal services will resume, and permits will be required for backcountry cabins. Refunds for permits during the shutdown may be requested at recreation.gov.

In the Kipahulu District, the visitor center will be open, as well as all district roads and trails, the Kipahulu campground and the Holua and Paliku tent campgrounds. Restrooms and trash removal services will also resume.

Visitor centers at the summit and in Kipahulu will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Pools of Oheo in the Kipahulu District are also open and will be monitored for possible flash floods. When flash flooding is imminent, the pools may be closed with little notice.

All park interpretive and educational programs will be offered once again. Reservations for observing the sunrise continue to be required from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.; to make a reservation, visit recreation.gov.

For more information, visit nps.gov/hale or facebook.com/HaleakalaNPS.

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