Park’s Next Commercial-Free Day Set for Huna Moon: Dec, 22
The next commercial-free day at Haleakalā National Park will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 in observance of Ka’elo, Huna 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 Dec. 22, the park will remain open to all visitors and regular entrance fees apply.
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 will be: March 9, 2016 – Nana, Muku Moon; and 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.