Haleakala National Park cuts back on tour company contracts

Haleakala National Park officials have been working on reducing the number of tour companies in hopes of lessening visitor impact on the park since 2012. The park is home to the dormant Haleakala Volcano and endangered Hawaiian geese and had over 1.2 million visitors in 2015.

Dropping “to four road-based tour companies allows us to have a longer-term relationship with these companies and provide better protection of our resources,” said Polly Angelakis, the park’s chief of interpretation and education. “Traffic control was a concern.”

The four companies were recommended by an evaluation…

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