Published on : Friday, February 3, 2017
A dormant volcano is the tallest peak and biggest attraction of Maui luring thousands of tourists across the globe. Described as the ‘sublimest spectacle’ by Mark Twain, this lava rock landscape is located 10,000 feet above the sea level. Long winding roads take the travelers to the hotspot. To quote Julia Grant of Mission British Columbia, Canada, “Just the sunrise from the top of the world – it’s pretty remarkable and incomparable’’.
The sunrise view from the top of Haleakala – Hawaiian for “House of the Sun” has been attracting thousands of visitors for the past few years. The officials confirmed that this place is facing logjam of cars in the parking lot for years and trampling the sensitive habitat of this region in return. The National Park Service as a result of this has limited the number of vehicles and setting up prior reservation, cutting down to half-number of early morning visitors.
15 years from now, overcrowding started creating problem in this area as confirmed by Natalie Gates, park superintendent. To quote Gates, “If you ever went up there, you would see that fully half to three-quarters of our visitors who are watching the sunrise are either taking photos that they immediately broadcast to their friends, or filming it’’.