Park Seeks Input on Haleakalā Sunrise Operations

April 15, 2016, 8:27 AM HST · Updated April 15, 8:27 AM
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Haleakala sunrise, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Haleakala sunrise, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Haleakalā National Park will hold two public meetings regarding summit sunrise operations. The purpose is to gather input involving visitors who come to the park in personal or rental vehicles, not on commercial tours.

Meetings are scheduled on Wednesday, April 20, from 5p-6:30 p.m. at the Kula Community Center; and on Thursday, April 21, from 4:30.-6 p.m. at the Kahului Community Center.

Park managers note that sunrise viewing in the Summit District of the park is a top attraction for Maui visitors and the community. Pre-dawn through sunrise is described as the busiest time of day at the summit and there has been an ongoing, steady, and significant increase in sunrise visitors who arrive on their own, not on commercial tours.

With ever-increasing numbers of sunrise visitors, park managers say they are being challenged to provide a safe and enjoyable experience while also protecting the sensitive summit environment.

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The public is also encouraged to fill out comment cards about sunrise operations at any park visitor center during business hours or submit comments to the online Planning, Environment, and Public Comment System. Comments are due by close of business on Friday, June 3, 2016.

Before including a personal address, phone number, e- mail address, or other personal identifying information in written comments, anyone providing comment should be aware their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.

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