The Oheo stream, located along the Pipiwai Trail in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park, will be closed until further notice after stream monitoring equipment was stolen.
The theft is believed to have occurred during the night of Tuesday, Aug. 11. Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to contact the park by calling (808) 572-4433.
According to the park’s safety policy, the stream must be closed to protect visitors whenever the equipment is not functional.
It will take several weeks for new equipment to be ordered, shipped, and installed, during which time the pools will remain closed.
The stream monitoring equipment includes 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 floods might occur. 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.