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Contact: Polly Angelakis, 808-572-4450
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 5pm-6:30 pm at the Kula Community Center; and on Thursday, April 21, from 4:30pm-6pm at the Kahului Community Center.
Sunrise viewing in the Summit District of the park is a top attraction for Maui visitors and the community. Pre-dawn through sunrise is 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 are being challenged to provide a safe and enjoyable experience while also protecting the sensitive summit environment.
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 (PEPC) at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/sunrise. Comments are due by close of business on Friday, June 3, 2016.Comments will not be accepted by FAX, e-mail, or in any manner other than the methods 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, 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. 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.