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Maui Family Awarded Permit to Guide Christian Hikes at Haleakalā

June 16, 2015, 4:27 PM HST
* Updated June 16, 4:29 PM
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Hawaiian Creation Adventures friends and family exploring the Halemauu Trail at Haleakala National Park. Photo Credit: Hawaiian Creation Adventures.

Hawaiian Creation Adventures friends and family exploring the Halemauʻu Trail at Haleakalā National Park. Photo Credit: Hawaiian Creation Adventures.

By Maui Now Staff

Maui visitor activity provider Hawaiian Creation Adventures has been awarded a permit by the National Park Service to conduct guided hikes in Haleakalā National Park on Maui.

The hikes will be led by husband-and-wife team and owners, Marc and Aly Hodges, both of whom were born in  Hawaiʻi and are biologists.  Company representatives say the hikes are presented from the Biblical Christian perspective.

Marc holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Biology and has experience in Hawaiʻi natural science and resource management. He conducted aquatic science research for Haleakalā National Park, was the Marine Program Manager for the State of Hawaiʻi’s Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve, and has been a scientific consultant for private, state and federal entities.

Aly holds a Master’s of Applied Science in Marine Biology. She curated the reef building at the Maui Ocean Center, was a shark tank diver, worked for the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources in fisheries management, and has been a scientific consultant.

Hawaiian Creation Adventures friends and family exploring Keonehee Trail at the summit area of Haleakala National Park. Photo Credit: Hawaiian Creation Adventures.

Hawaiian Creation Adventures friends and family exploring Keoneheʻeheʻe “Sliding Sands” Trail at the summit area of Haleakalā National Park. Photo Credit: Hawaiian Creation Adventures.

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Hawaiian Creation Adventures currently provides Road to Hāna Christian Tours and visitor accommodations. The Haleakalā National Park hikes will be a new addition to their offerings.

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“We are very grateful to the staff at Haleakalā National Park for giving us this opportunity to present the Biblical perspective to visitors at Haleakalā,” Marc said in a company press release. “Hawaiʻi has a truly amazing Christian history that few people are aware of. The Park is really gorgeous and Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems are intricate and amazingly beautiful. How do they work? Where do they come from? These are the questions that we enjoy exploring with our guests,” he said.

Aly also commented saying, “We love spending time on our tours with people from all over the world of many different faiths. It’s a fun family atmosphere.”

Hawaiian Creation Adventures will be guiding day hikes in the Summit Area, and day hikes to Waimoku Falls in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park.

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***More information on Hawaiian Creation Adventures can be found on their website.

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