Friday, July 13, 2012

Haleakala's Growing Pains

Faced with nearly a million visitors each year, national park officials are exploring ways to ensure that Haleakala—House of the Sun—retains its down-home style. A plan to scale back commercial tours offered in the Haleakala National Park. According to the Maui News, park officials are seeking public input through Aug. 31 on the plan, which would affect road-based vehicle tours, guided hiking and astronomy, horseback and bicycle tours in the park. Haleakala was the fourth most-visited attraction in Hawaii last year with 956,989 visitors. Park officials say the changes are needed to alleviate negative impacts that commercial activities are having on Haleakala's natural and cultural resources, and to restore a "sense of place."