MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – Following a nearly three week closure of the Mauna Kea Access Road to general vehicular traffic, the University of Hawaii announces the road has been reopened.
This notice was issued by UH on Monday:
“After performing remedial work and grading, the Mauna Kea Summit Access Road was reopened at 3 p.m. Monday, July 13 (subject to the emergency rule passed by the Board of Land and Natural Resources restricting access from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.). Vehicular access above the Halepōhaku mid-level facilities will be by four-wheel drive vehicles only. Two-wheel drive vehicles will not be allowed past the end of the paved road at Halepōhaku.” – University of Hawaii
However, the popular Vistor Information Station will remain closed, along with the bathrooms.
“The Visitor Information Station and its restroom facilities will remain closed. Restrooms are available at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area and Puʻuhuluhulu at the junction of Saddle Road and the Mauna Kea Summit Access Road. Portable toilets for the public are available on the summit.” – University of Hawaii
UPDATE: Governor David Ige shared this statement following the announcement from UH:
“The State seeks to provide safe access to Mauna Kea summit by all lawful users. Unfortunately, the destructive actions of several individuals temporarily rendered the mountain road unsafe since June 24. I am pleased UH has reopened the road following its damage assessment and repairs.” – Gov. David Ige on July 13