HONOLULU – State offices in Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and on Hawaii Island will close at noon tomorrow, Aug. 7, and remain closed all day Friday, Aug. 8, due to anticipated severe weather conditions and possible flooding caused by Iselle and Julio.
Employees affected by the closing of these offices should not report to work, except for departmental disaster/emergency coordinators, disaster response workers, and employees whose work involves continuing crucial operations and services, such as hospital and correctional workers. Employees who fall into one of these categories are required to report to work.
Maui and Hawaii County office closures are based on currently known weather conditions. A decision on state office closures for Oahu and Kauai will be made tomorrow.
To protect visitor safety, the Summit and Kīpahulu Districts of Haleakalā National Park will close at 3 p.m. Thursday in anticipation of heavy winds and rain. The entrance gates will be locked and the park will not open for sunrise viewing on Friday morning. Park managers will assess conditions on Friday and re-open the park once it is safe to do so.
The Kīpahulu and Hosmer Grove campgrounds will close at noon on Thursday. Back country hikers have been notified they will need to leave the park before 3 p.m. Thursday. In anticipation of Tropical Storm Julio, no back country camping or cabin permits will be issued through the weekend. Existing weekend back country permits have been canceled. Also canceled are the Thursday Waikamoi hike (Summit District) and Saturday cultural demonstrations in the Kīpahulu District.
For the latest closure information park visitors can call 572-4400 and press option 2, or check the park website or the NPS Facebook page.
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.
WAILUKU – KeawakapuBeach parking lot will be closed due to paving work at the bottom of Kilohana Drive later this month.
The work will take place from Monday to Friday, July 21 to July 25, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this time Kilohana Drive will be closed and traffic detoured around the work zone. Motorists and beach-goers are advised to find alternate routes/beach parking until work is complete. Mahalo for your patience.
A single-vehicle accident has closed Baldwin Avenue between Hali’imaile and Kaluanui Roads. According to Mauiwatch reports, a woman is the only accident victim and has been transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.
Police have closed the road in both directions. The accident was first reported shortly after 2 p.m. today. The road was reopened at 3:55 p.m. today.
WAILUKU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will close the Mala boat launch ramp to public use for two months, starting this coming Monday, March 17, to demolish and replace two existing concrete loading docks and make repairs to portions of the boat ramp. The project will cost approximately $1.1 million. The ramp is scheduled to be closed for 60 days, until May 16, 2014. Public meetings with boaters have been conducted which set this date for start of the repair project.
No launching or retrieving of vessels will be allowed at Mala after 7:30 a.m. March 17. At that time, project contractor Goodfellow Bros. Inc., will put up a security gate to prevent entry to the launch ramp parking area and construction staging area, from the south side of the washdown to the north entrance of the harbor. Silt curtains will also be installed in the early to mid-morning in the water at the lower part of the launch ramp.
The Maui district DOBOR office has posted notices at the ramp about the closure and times. Boaters who leave from Mala before March 17 but who are unable to return due to the ramp closure should plan to come out at Maalaea small boat harbor.
All boats that have current commercial permits for the ramp will be temporarily allowed to operate out of Lahaina small boat harbor during the Mala project.
For further information call the Lahaina small boat harbor office at (808) 662-4060.
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