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Holua Campground Closure (Temporary) *Updated 9-16-11*
(Kula) The Holua campground at
The Argentine Ant is an aggressive and dangerous invasive species that is native to South America and is a nuisance to humans. Researchers have learned that this ant has damaging effects upon native insects and may adversely impact native plants. The ants were originally found in relatively small areas of Haleakala, but are now spreading. This control is necessary to prevent the ants from spreading to other campgrounds in the crater and areas within Haleakala National Park.
Backcountry camping permits for Holua campground will not be issued for September 8 or 19. Park managers will treat the Holua campground and area around the cabins with ant poisons that have little to no odor and are extremely low to non-toxic to humans and non-target animals. Treatment notice signs will be posted in the area.Visitors planning to hike near the Holua area during these days are encouraged to use other on-trail areas for resting spots.