Maui stream remains closed due to flooding, damaged equipment

Oheo stream (Photos: Haleakala National Park)
Oheo stream (Photos: Haleakala National Park)

The Oheo stream, located along the Pipiwai Trail on Maui, remains closed due to high water and damaged stream monitoring equipment.

The stream has been closed for a week due to recent storm conditions and continued flooding, which prohibit National Park Service staff from safely accessing the upstream sensors.

Per Haleakala National Park safety policy, the stream is closed when flash flood conditions occur or if the monitoring system becomes nonfunctional and flood levels cannot be determined.

“We appreciate everyone’s continued patience during this ongoing safety concern,” said park superintendent Natalie Gates.

The stream monitoring equipment consists of a series of sensors located along several miles of the Palikea and Oheo streams. The sensors track water levels and rainfall and the system sounds an alarm in the Kipahulu 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.

“Although the stream may appear calm at sea level, flooding may be imminent due to heavy upland rainfall,” said Gates.

Injuries and fatalities have resulted from visitors entering closed areas.

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