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Reservations being taken to watch sunrise at Haleakala


    People crowd the summit at Haleakala National Park to watch the sunrise on July 31, 2006.

Watching the sun rise at Haleakala on Maui has become so popular, visitors will need to make a reservation to get there before dawn.

Reservations to access the summit in Haleakala National Park between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. for Feb. 1 and beyond can be placed starting today at www.

Park officials say reservations can be made up to two months ahead. Cost per vehicle is $1.50. The fee is separate from the park entrance fee.

A few more reservations will be made available the day before a visit.

Vehicles will need to display a printout of their reservation on their dashboards. The person who made the reservation will be required to show a photo identification card at the entrance gate.

Officials say the reservation can only be used for the scheduled date and there are no refunds because of weather. Commercial tour vehicles are exempt from the new system.

The pilot program was initiated for visitor and employee safety and to protect natural and cultural resources, according to the National Park Service website. Beginning next year, park officials will start developing a long term plan to manage visitor traffic at the summit during sunrise hours. ‘

The plan is slated to be implemented in late 2018 or early 2019, according to Polly Angelakis, chief of interpretation and education at Haleakala National Park.

For more information on the new reservation system, visit

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