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Kalahaku Overlook Improvement Environmental Assessment comment period opens

By Staff | Jun 6, 2019

Three alternatives for improvements to the Kalahaku Overlook are available in the Environmental Assessment. The public can submit comments until June 27, 2019.

MAKAWAO – Haleakala National Park invites the public to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment for Kalahaku Overlook Area Management.

The park is proposing to rehabilitate Kalahaku Overlook to improve visitor safety and enjoyment, and to protect natural and cultural resources.

Three alternatives are available in the Environmental Assessment for public comments until June 27, 2019.

Alternative 1 proposes there would be no improvements made to the Kalahaku Overlook.

Alternative 2 proposes improvements to existing features, adding open air viewing areas, marking trails, installing signs, making parking lot improvements and adding a viewing area that conforms to Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility (ABAAS) Standards.

Alternative 3 proposes improving existing features, expanding the sheltered viewing area to provide additional weather protection to visitors, and some of the improvements listed in Alternative 2.

A copy of the Environmental Assessment is available at the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at parkplanning.nps.gov/Overlook.

Copies will also be available at the Makawao and Hana public libraries during the comment period.

Comments may be submitted through the PEPC website, by e-mail (to HALE_Superintendent@nps.gov) with the subject line “Kalahaku EA,” or by regular mail (Attention: Kalahaku Environmental Assessment, Haleakala NP, P.O. Box 369, Makawao, HI 96768).

The public will have 31 days to review and comment, starting May 27, 2019.

All comments must be received by close of business on June 27, 2019.

Comments will not be accepted by fax or in any manner other than the methods specified above.

Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

Before including a personal address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in written comments, anyone providing written comments should be aware their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.

While anyone wishing to comment may ask the National Park Service in their comment to withhold their personal identifying information from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.