Late-night partying at campground is disruptive

In the very distant past, the Kipahulu campground in Haleakala National Park used to attract respectable campers who could enjoy the beauty while at the same time be respectful to the land and people.

In the last few years, the park still attracts the respectful campers, a lot more of them, but it also has become a playground for late-night underage drinking and parties.

With the access gates left open all night after the park staff leaves at 5 p.m., it becomes a free place for younger kids to get massively drunk and not be supervised.

While camping with my family there off and on over the last couple years, we have listened to profanities being yelled between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

If it pours rain, the drunks end up leaving.

If it does not rain, you do not know what will happen. When some of the partiers leave in the middle of the night after hours of heavy drinking, you know they are driving off as a danger to anyone on the road and to themselves.

The park is a gift to us all. The ocean, the stream, the beauty are precious. Please, park staff, make changes before it gets further out of control.

Brett Fahnestock