Makaliʻi Rises: Commercial-Free Day at Haleakalā, Nov. 12

November 11, 2015, 3:39 PM HST · Updated November 11, 4:23 PM
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Jupiter, Mars, and Venus rising over Haleakalā, Maui. (November 2015) Image credit: Chris Archer.

Jupiter, Mars, and Venus rising over Haleakalā, Maui. (November 2015) Image credit: Chris Archer.

The next commercial-free day at Haleakalā National Park will occur on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 (Makali’i, Hilo Moon).

As specified in the park’s Commercial Services Plan, commercial-free days are opportunities for Kanaka Maoli to conduct traditional cultural practices in the park without commercial tours present.

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Although no commercial tours will be allowed on Thursday, Nov. 12, the park will remain open to all visitors.

In determining all the commercial-free dates, park officials sought input from Native Hawaiian staff, community members, the Bishop Museum, and the park’s kūpuna group. Future commercial-free dates include the following:

  • Dec. 22, 2015 – Kaʻelo, Huna Moon
  • March 9, 2016 – Nana, Muku Moon
  • June 21, 2016 – IkiʻIki, Akua Moon

“We are really hoping the community will take advantage of these commercial-free days to come to their park,” said Superintendent Natalie Gates. “We are also looking for ways to improve the experience if possible,” she added.

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