Heavy rains have led to the crest of the dam, the agency said.
“The dam failure will result in life-threatening flooding as well as significant property damage in areas downstream of the dam,” according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.
The evacuation also occurs at the same time as a flash flood warning.
“” The state stands ready to support Maui County as residents and visitors downstream from the Kaupakulua Dam evacuate at this time. Stay out of the area until the danger has passed and continue to monitor local media for updates, “Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a statement.
Maui County officials caution that people near streams that flow heavily should also evacuate or seek higher ground. Evacuation shelters are opening at the Paia Community Center and Hana High School.
All Maui County parks will be closed for the remainder of the day due to heavy rain and flooding, the Parks and Recreation Department announced.
The parks will be closed until further notice. The reopening of the parks will be evaluated on Tuesday.