WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The National Park Service wants to manage growing crowds of people competing for space to watch the sunrise at the Haleakala summit.
The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/1Truki6) private or rental vehicles have exceeded available parking 98 percent of the time so far this year, up from 83 percent in 2014 and 94 percent last year.
A Haleakala National Park official says some people park where they shouldn't and walk into endangered species habitat, cultural sites and protected areas.
Visitor safety is also a concern as people venture out to cliff faces or crumbling volcanic rocks for a better view.
The sunrise can draw as many as 850 people in one morning, with a daily average of 600.
People can submit comments on managing noncommercial crowds by June 6.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com