Public feedback wanted on growing number of sunrise visitors at Haleakala

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Residents are asked to weigh in on issues surrounding the popular sunrise operations at Haleakala National Park.

Officials say there’s been a big bump in visitors, and they want to make sure guests are safe while also protecting the summit environment.

“We are seeking input on visitation from the segment of the public who chooses to drive to the park on their own and not as part of a commercial tour,” explained park superintendent Natalie Gates. “This type of visit, via personal or rental car, has been steadily increasing. It is our goal to continue to provide a safe and enjoyable visitor experience to these non-commercial users while also being good stewards.”

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

The public is also encouraged to fill out comment cards about non-commercial 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.

Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, 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, email 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.

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