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Contact: Polly Angelakis, 808-572-4450
The next commercial-free day at Haleakalā National Park will occur on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (Nana, Muku 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.
Although no commercial tours will be allowed on March 9th, 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. The next scheduled commercial-free date will be June 21, 2016 - Iki'Iki, 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.
For more information on commercial-free days and the park's Commercial Services Plan please visit https://www.nps.gov/hale/parkmgmt/csp.htm.