Haleakala summit to have drastically less parking available

Parking at the Haleakala Visitor Center will be drastically reduced through June 6 as construction to improve park accessibility continues, according to a National Park Service announcement.

Parking spaces at the lot near the 9,000-foot elevation may be reduced by half during sunrise, and up to 70 percent during daylight hours. All vehicles must be cleared from delineated construction zones prior to 6:45 a.m.; any vehicles remaining in these zones after 6:45 a.m. will be ticketed and towed at the operator’s expense.

Visitors and tour operators may experience parking delays or be directed to lower-elevation parking lots.

Visitors and residents should also expect heavy construction traffic on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road.

Haleakala National Park received a $2 million federal grant last year to do concrete repairs, regrading and disabled accessibility improvements for seven parking lots along Haleakala Highway in the summit area.

For more information, go online to www.nps.gov/hale.