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Haleakala, ports reopen as Douglas passes by

The Maui News

Haleakala National Park and all commercial Hawaii ports reopened Monday as Hurricane Douglas swirled away from the Hawaiian Islands.

Haleakala National Park’s Kipahulu District reopened at 9 a.m. Monday and the Summit District at noon, said park spokeswoman Jin Prugsawan.

There were no reports of major damage due to the storm, and park service staff were working to clear minor debris on the road, she said Monday.

Haleakala National Park has been gradually reopening with limited days and hours and access to certain activities in the park after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

At Hawaii commercial ports, including Kahului Harbor, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port lifted all remaining restrictions Monday.

“Our top priorities will always be the safety of the public and the marine transportation system,” said Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Williams, the maritime transportation system recovery unit leader for Sector Honolulu. “Once the danger passed, our inspectors verified the harbors were intact and the Captain of the Port lifted remaining restrictions on them so they could resume their vital function to our island’s communities.”

Coast Guard teams surveyed aids to navigation and evaluated any possible damage to ocean channels and shore facilities to ensure none were damaged by Douglas. While the storm did not directly hit the islands, there was still a possibility of damage from the strong winds and currents.

The Coast Guard coordinated with the state Department of Transportation Harbors Division and other federal, state and local port partners to ensure vessels could transit safely, tie up and receive services, offload their cargo and return to the sea prior to reopening.

“Young Brothers’ tugs and barges made way back to port after receiving the all-clear from the U.S. Coast Guard and arrived safely this evening,” Chris Martin, director of terminal operations for Young Brothers, said Monday. “The Monday barges canceled due to Hurricane Douglas will be loaded and sail tomorrow for Kawaihae, Kahului and Nawiliwili.”

Douglas impacted refuse collection and dumping in the county. There was no residential refuse collection Monday and all county landfills were closed.

For refuse pickup for Maui only (this does not affect pickup on Molokai and Lanai):

• All customers scheduled for pickup Mondays should put their trash bins out for pickup today.

• Customers scheduled for pickup today should place their trash bins out for collection Wednesday.

All county landfills were rescheduled to reopen today.

The Maui News received a report of long lines at the Central Maui Landfill on Saturday. The caller reported cars waiting in a line that stretched up Hansen Road to the Omaopio Road junction, about 3 miles.

The Central Maui Landfill is closed on Sundays. A pilot green waste program on Sundays that began in December was discontinued when the County Council declined to fund the program.

The caller said that current hours are not convenient to residents who use the dump.

All county parks, pools and the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, which have been closed since Saturday, will reopen today.

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