Sunrise Viewing - Reservations required starting February 1
Reservations will be required to enter the Haleakala NP summit district starting February 1, 2017. See the Park's website for details. (see the FHNP Links section for the website address).
Park’s Commercial-Free Days Set
Commercial-free days have been established for Haleakalā National Park for the remainder of 2016 and early 2017. 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. The next set of commercial-free dates will be:
- Summer solstice (June 21, 2016)
- Lolopua, one of the two days commonly known as zenith noon (July 18, 2016)
- Start of Makahiki - 1st rites begin on kapu period of Hua (October 11, 2016)
- Winter solstice (December 21, 2016)
- End of Makahiki - after kapu period of Hua (January 10, 2017)
- Summer solstice (June 21, 2017)
Although no commercial tours will be allowed on these days, the park will remain open to all visitors. Regular visitor entrance fees will apply. In determining these commercial-free dates, park officials sought input from Native Hawaiian staff, community members, the Bishop Museum, and the park’s kūpuna group.
“We hope the community will continue to take advantage of these commercial-free days and come to their park,” said Superintendent Natalie Gates.
Photo by Christa Matthews
The general purpose of the FRIENDS OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, INC., a Hawai'i non-profit corporation, is to support educational, cultural, research, and service activities relating to the park and its ecosystems.
The mission of the Friends of Haleakala National Park is to assist the park and the National Park Service to achieve the purposes and goals for which they were established: to preserve Haleakala's unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated Native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual resources. The Friends also provide educational, inspirational, and recreational opportunities compatible with preserving the many natural, cultural, and spiritual resources of Haleakala so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
Directors & Officers
Matt Wordeman, President
Shannon Wianecki, Vice President
Mele Stokesberry, Secretary
Mary Santa Maria, Treasurer
Martha E. Martin, Director
Don Reeser, Director
Fern Duvall II
Friends of Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 322 ~ Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 876-1673 ~