Alelele Point Rock Scaling Project Update – July 7, 2023

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UPDATE 7/7/23

Road restoration work continues this weekend, weather permitting; limited access for residents anticipated soon

Rain and mud conditions impacted work at Alelele Point area, and road restoration and debris clearing will continue through the weekend as weather permits.

Road repaving is scheduled for Monday. County officials anticipate the road will be available for limited access to local traffic by Wednesday, July 12.

Impacted residents are encouraged to check the status on the county’s website and social media pages.

Work will continue next week with catchment fencing and restoring Hawaiian Telcom infrastructure to pre-project conditions. Access must be scheduled around ongoing construction hours.

Less than a mile between Mile Markers 38 and 39 was closed May 10 because increased rockfall made passage unsafe. The road connects rural communities of Kīpahulu and Kaupō.

Community meetings on the $1.5 million project were held in Kīpahulu, Kaupō and Hāna at the beginning of June, which drew more than 100 residents.

Emergency slope scaling and rock debris removal by county contractor Prometheus Construction Inc. started June 11.

During daily work on the $1.5 million project, crew members rappelled to remove loose boulders and other material along the slope, which extends nearly 300 feet high.

Crews removed about 2,300 tons of material – 800 tons more than initial projections.

Drivers may still access Kīpahulu Visitor Center and other portions of Haleakalā National Park Kīpahulu District, along with Kīpahulu small businesses, in East Maui. Retail and restaurant businesses remain accessible through Kanaio, where roadside Bully’s Burgers is operating, to Kaupō.