• A view of the cinder desert

    Haleakalā

    National Park Hawai'i

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  • No Potable Water Available in Kipahulu

    Due to a leak in the main waterline in Kīpahulu there is no potable water in Kīpahulu for the foreseeable future. The leak was discovered on July 23, 2014 during routine inspections. Visitors should bring their own drinking water.

  • For your safety

    The Summit and Kīpahulu Districts are remote. An ambulance can take up to 45 minutes to arrive at either district from the nearest town. People with respiratory or other medical conditions should also be aware that the summit of Haleakalā is at 10,000 ft.

  • Drive cautiously - Endangered birds land on roadway

    Nēnē (Hawaiian geese) are nesting in the park and may land on or frequent park roads and parking lots. Drivers are reminded to drive at the posted speed limits and exercise caution.

Air Tour Management Plan Update

Purpose

The purpose of the Air Tour Management Plan is to develop measures to limit or prevent any significant impacts that may be caused by commercial air tour operations upon the natural and cultural resources, or visitor experiences at Haleakalä National Park. A commercial air tour operation is defined as any flight conducted for compensation or hire in a powered aircraft, where a purpose of the flight is sightseeing over a national park or within ½ mile outside the boundary of a national park, and during which the aircraft flies below 5,000 feet above ground level.

Background

In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) invited public comments on the Air Tour Management Plan process. In 2006, the project was upgraded from an environmental assessment (EA) to an environmental impact statement (EIS).

Since 2007, a planning team composed of FAA, NPS and the Volpe Transportation Systems Center staff, has been working on a variety of alternatives for managing commercial air tours, such as determining flight paths, number of flights annually, and time of day and day of week restrictions. Once a preferred alternative is agreed upon it will become a part of the Air Tour Management Plan for Haleakalä National Park.

Recently the planning process has experienced several delays due to differences in FAA and NPS policy and determining how to best integrate the environmental compliance guidance of both agencies into the Air Tour Management Plan process.

How to Help Haleakalä National Park

In early April 2011 the FAA and NPS will be hosting a series of open house meetings. We will be sharing the proposed Air Tour Management Plan alternatives and seeking public comment specific to those alternatives. All interested public are invited to attend and both oral and written comments will be accepted during the meetings.

Upon completion of the meetings, the alternatives may be refined, dismissed from further consideration, or new alternatives may be considered. Alternatives going forward will be analyzed in the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS will then be circulated for public review and comment at a later date.

Public Meeting Date, Time, and Locations

  1. Tuesday, April 12, 2011
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC)
    Alexa Higashi Meeting Room
    One Cameron Way, Kahului
  1. Wednesday, April 13, 2011
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Kula Community Center
    3690 Lower Kula Road, Kula
  1. Thursday, April 14, 2011
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Helene Community Center
    150 Keawa Place, Hana
 

More Information

If you would like more information, or are unable to attend the meetings but would still like to comment please go to the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website listed below.

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/hale

You can also view the Haleakalä National Park Air Tour Management Plan Newsletter by selecting the link here.

***Comments will be accepted until June 6th, 2011***

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement.

 
Haleakala National Park
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Haleakalā National Park was established in 1916 as part of Hawaiʻi National Park - within one week of the creation of the National Park Service.