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Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Haleakala National Park on Maui

October 2, 2013
Maui Weekly

Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Haleakala National Park.

All visitor facilities in the park's Summit and K?pahulu Districts, including buildings, overlooks, trails, campgrounds, cabins, streams, pools, parking lots, and roads, are closed to park visitors. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. Visitors should call 808-572-4400 for the latest updates.

Park officials said that visitors currently staying in overnight campgrounds and cabins will be given until noon on Thursday, Oct. 3, to leave the park.

In addition, all park programs and special events have been canceled, including talks, hikes, school programs, volunteer projects, and the park's involvement in the Maui County Fair and parade.

Haleakala National Park hosts an average of 2000 to 3,000 visitors each day in October. It is estimated that the park will lose approximately $6,800 of entrance fees for each day of the shutdown. These fees are used to maintain the park's visitor facilities and provide visitor services. More than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the entire National Park System. Nationwide, the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in revenue.

Gateway communities across the U.S. see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown. Per 2008 figures, visitors spent over $78 million dollars a year in Maui County in association with park visits. In 2008, commercial service provider wages, plus National Park Service payroll, supported 1660 jobs and $55 million in economic activity in Maui County.

In Haleakala National Park, approximately 15 NPS employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services. Over 70 NPS employees are on furlough because of the shutdown.

Over 29 businesses with commercial use permits and numerous nonprofit cooperating association employees are not able to conduct business in the park during the park closure.

Nationwide, the shutdown has resulted in furloughs for more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety and security functions at parks and facilities. About 12,000 park concessions employees nationwide are being affected.

Because it will not be maintained, the NPS Website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov hosts more than 750,000 pages and 91 million visitors each year.

For updates on the shutdown, visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

 
 
 

 

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