If you haven’t been to Maui recently, here are a few changes to be aware of if you like doing non-beach activities
Haleakala Sunrise Reservations
Effective February 1st, 2017 you will need a reservation if you wish to drive past the national park gate between 3-7am. In the past several years viewing sunrise from Haleakala has become rather popular to the point where there isn’t enough parking to accommodate everyone. They are restricting tickets to 150 cars plus one tour bus (they have been experiencing 300 cars). This will help preserve the fragile environment and should make it a more enjoyable experience for all.
Here is the procedure to get your ticket: surd to Haleakala National Park Sunrise Reservations. Choose your day and pay $1.50. Bring a copy of your reservation and your ID (showing the same name as on the reservation) with you. You will of course also need to pay for admission to the national park ($20 for a several day admission or $25 for the one-year pass) – they prefer credit card. Note, there are no refunds due to inclement weather. Personally, I would allow for additional time for the drive up, considering there will be many confused visitors arriving at the gate without reservations.
Indefinite closure of the Pools of Ohe’o
Are you planning on driving the Road to Hana? Be aware that the Pools of Ohe’o have recently been closed indefinitely. There have been some rockslides and the area is considered to be unstable. The hiking trails in Kipahulu are however open at this time.
Temporary closure of the Waihe’e Ridge Trail
The Department of Land and Resources has temporarily closed the Waihe’e Ridge Trail for trail improvements. The projected completion date is February 28, 2017. More info.
Iao Valley remains off-limits
This past September the Iao Valley was extensively damaged due to heavy rains and flooding. A portion of the parking lot along with some of the walking trailed were washed away. Residents in the valley also experienced extensive property damage. The entire valley continues to be off-limits to visitors and will need significant work before it will reopen.
Maui Isn’t all closed
All else is good and open on Maui. We just wanted to give you all a few heads up as these are fun activities visitors often enjoy. As always we’ll keep you updated on all things Maui!