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Haleakalā Draws 1.2 M Visitors in 2016, Sunrise Viewing Up 21%

Posted March 14, 2017, 04:42 PM HST Updated March 15, 2017, 05:24 AM HST
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PC: Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park recorded 1,263,558 visitors in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year, up 4% (46,786 visitors) from 2015.

The park’s sunrise visitation grew by 21% from 2015 to 2016, five times the overall visitation increase.

A 2015 National Park Service study shows that visitors to Haleakalā National Park spend over $76 million annually in Maui communities. That spending supports over 900 jobs in the local area and has a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $91 million per year.

“We at Haleakalā National Park continue to proudly welcome visitors from next door, across the country and around the world,” said park Superintendent Natalie Gates.

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The increase caused long wait times to enter the park before sunrise and overfilled parking lots. The park has since implemented a sunrise reservation system to improve public safety and provide a higher quality visitor experience.

Visitors must have a sunrise reservation in order to enter the park between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.. Sunrise reservations may be obtained at www.recreation.gov.

Uncrowded conditions at Haleakalā sunrise on Feb. 1 2017. PC: Asa Ellison.

Sunrise crowds at the crater overlook by Haleakala Visitor Center (9,741 feet of elevation).

Uncrowded conditions at sunrise on Feb. 1 2017. PC: Haleakalā National Park.

Sunrise on Feb. 1 2017. PC: Haleakalā National Park.

Centennial sunrise. Photo courtesy Haleakalā National Park.

Sunrise at Haleakalā. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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