The `Ohe`o stream, located along the Pipiwai Trail, will be closed for several days starting today while stream monitoring equipment is being serviced.
Per Haleakalā National Park safety policy, the stream is closed whenever the equipment is offline because flood levels cannot be determined. The timing is such that the area will also be closed in advance of powerful storms heading our way.
The stream monitoring equipment consists of a series of sensors located along several miles of the Palikea and `Ohe`o streams. The sensors track water levels and rainfall and the system sounds an alarm in the Kīpahulu 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.
Visitors are advised to abide by posted “stream closed” signs and the direction of park staff. Injuries and fatalities have resulted from visitors entering closed areas. The area is breath-taking yet dangerous in even the best weather. Later this week – Maui and all of Hawai’i will experience dangerous and potentially lethal weather conditions.