- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Haleakala National Park will be closed to commercial tours Tuesday so that Native Hawaiians can use the area to practice cultural traditions.

The Maui News reports (https://bit.ly/1lZSuVt) the park will be open to visitors who pay regular park fees on a day set aside as part of the Commercial Services Plan at Haleakala.

Commercial-free days are also set for March 9 and June 21. Park officials chose the dates using input from Native Hawaiian employees, residents, and the Bishop Museum, among others.

Haleakala Park Superintendent Natalie Gates says the hope is that community members will take advantage of these days by coming to the park.

She also said the park is looking to improve the experience where possible.

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Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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