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Makaliʻi Rises: Commercial-Free Day at Haleakalā, Nov. 12

November 11, 2015, 3:39 PM HST
* Updated November 11, 4:23 PM
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Jupiter, Mars, and Venus rising over Haleakalā, Maui. (November 2015) Image credit: Chris Archer.

Jupiter, Mars, and Venus rising over Haleakalā, Maui. (November 2015) Image credit: Chris Archer.

The next commercial-free day at Haleakalā National Park will occur on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 (Makali’i, Hilo 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 Thursday, Nov. 12, 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. Future commercial-free dates include the following:

  • Dec. 22, 2015 – Kaʻelo, Huna Moon
  • March 9, 2016 – Nana, Muku Moon
  • June 21, 2016 – IkiʻIki, 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.

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