Haleakalā National Park has announced that contract number 140P8218C0003 was awarded to Maris Inc. to complete rock scaling and vegetation removal on the vertical cliff face of `Ohe`o Gulch.
Park officials say this project will significantly reduce the potential for rock fall hazards or falling debris.
Work will begin mid-January 2018 and is expected to finish in April 2018. The date for re-opening the `Ohe`o pools to the public remains uncertain as weather and site conditions may affect the work schedule.
Due to rockslides, underwater hazards, and frequent flashfloods, the park does not recommend swimming or wading in the Pools of `Ohe`o. The famous pools closed last year on January 3, 2017 due to a rockslide. One park visitor sustained minor injuries. The park closed the pools to protect visitor safety until mitigation measures could be completed.
In February 2017 a geotechnical engineering firm and rock fall mitigation contractor conducted a hazard assessment. Scaling was the recommended solution. Scaling involves removal of vegetation, loose debris, and rocks likely to fall. Follow-up maintenance will include on-going monitoring of site conditions and clearing of new vegetation, debris, and rocks as needed.