[Note: this post originally went up with a stock shot of a Haleakala Visitor Center building, but not the one that sustained damage. Since then the park sent us actual shots of the building in question, and the post’s photos have been updated accordingly.]
The Haleakala National Park Visitor Center has been closed until further notice due to structural damage, according to a Feb. 25 National Park Service news release.
“Due to a cracked beam in the ceiling, the Headquarters Visitor Center is closed until further notice while the damage is assessed and repaired,” stated the news release. “There is currently no estimate as to when this visitor center will reopen. The headquarters rest rooms, which are not near the damage, remain open.”
Park officials aren’t sure how the beam was damaged in the first place. “We think it may have been storm damage but aren’t sure,” Polly Angelakis, the park’s Chief of Interpretation and Education, told me. “That is part of the assessment process.”
Located a few miles from the Summit Entrance Station, the Haleakala Visitor Center sits on the rim of Haleakala Crater. It’s where park visitors go for their camping and cabin permits and those colorful National Park Service park brochures and maps. The Park Service is advising all campers to pick up their permits at the visitor center by 3pm.
Photos provided by Polly Angelakis