Just got a news release from Halekala National Park saying that late June 24/all of June 25 won’t be a good day to visit. Solar telescope construction will necessitate the temporary closing of Crater Road:
“Crater Road (Rt. 378) and Haleakala National Park’s summit road will close to visitor traffic while a slow moving convoy transports extremely wide loads to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope [DKIST] near the volcano’s summit,” states the news release. “The roads will be closed to visitors from 10pm on Wednesday, June 24, through 2pm on Thursday, June 25. The summit will not be accessible for Thursday sunrise viewing.”
The Haleakala Visitor Center will also remain closed all day on June 25.
“The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) Project is located outside of park boundaries,” states the news release. “The convoy’s travel through the park is being allowed via Special Use Permit. The convoy will transport an 18-foot wide load and travel at 2 to 5 mph. The road precautions are in place due to the size of the convoy and narrowness of the roads. The convoy will include three semi-truck trailers and various support vehicles.”
Photo of DKIST construction: National Solar Observatory/AURA/NSF/Brett Simison