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National Park Service to Discuss Kīpahulu Plan, Oct. 15

October 11, 2018, 1:17 PM HST
* Updated October 11, 1:33 PM
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Image: Chris Archer – Kīpahulu Sunrise

Haleakalā National Park is developing a comprehensive plan for the lands under National Park Service management in the Kīpahulu District.

The public is invited to a meeting to learn about actions proposed in the recently released Kīpahulu Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Kīpahulu District Visitor Center.

The purpose of the Kīpahulu Comprehensive Plan (KCP) is to balance recreational access and visitor facilities with protection of the park’s important natural and cultural resources. The renewed planning process will examine current and new visitor opportunities and will outline long-term management strategies.

The purpose of the KCP is to improve visitor access to and enjoyment of the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park while reducing visitor-caused impacts to the park’s resources; to improve safety; and to ensure adequate operational capacity and facilities given the area’s remote location.


The plan provides guidance on improvements to areas including the visitor center, trails, campground, as well as improvements to supporting National Park Service operational facilities such as the maintenance area buildings, fee station, staff housing, and staff offices.


The KCP/EA will be available for review online through Oct. 31, 2018. Hard copies are also be available to review at the Park Headquarters Visitor Center and the Kīpahulu Visitor Center.

The public is invited to view the KCP/EA and submit their comments related to the completed plan. Comments can be submitted electronically via the NPS Review Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. Comments may also be submitted by email (to [email protected]) with the subject line “KIPA Comprehensive Site Plan Comments” or by regular mail to: National Park Service-Planning Division. ATTN: HALE Kīpahulu Comprehensive Plan Team. P.O. Box 25287. Denver, CO 80225-0287. All comments must be received by close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

Comments will not be accepted by FAX or in any manner other than those specified above.


Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Before including a personal address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information, anyone providing written comment should be aware their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While anyone wishing to comment may ask the National Park Service in their comment to withhold their personal identifying information from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

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