Now that the federal government shutdown is finally over, US national parks and other federal recreational lands are slowly reopening to the public in stages. On Maui, Haleakala National Park has already re-opened to visitors, although some buildings and visitors services will not resume until 24 or 48 hours from this morning, October 17.
On the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has also reopened to the public, as has Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. On Oahu, boat tours of the USS Arizona Memorial, part of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, will resume tomorrow, after the monument's visitor center and museum also re-open. Online boat tour reservations are already sold out for Friday, but a limited number of first-come, first-served tickets are available for walk-up visitors starting at 7am.
You'll find all of the information you need about Maui's national park trails in my book, Top Trails Maui: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone, published by Wilderness Press and as an Amazon Kindle ebook.
Other links you might like:
I Am a Park Ranger: Views from Behind the Federal Shutdown's Locked NPS Gates
How-to Tips for Epic One-Way Hikes in Hawaii
Do You Need GPS to Hike in Hawaii?
Photo credit: Haleakala National Park (Michael Connolly Jr.)
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