Haleakalā Bike Co. dba Haleakalā EcoTours is delighted to announce that after a thorough review and selection process conducted by the National Park Service, the NPS has awarded Haleakala EcoTours 1 of the 4 available concession contracts to operate Vehicle Tours inside Haleakala National park. It is with great gratitude and graciousness that we humbly accept this awarded contract. We look forward to working with Haleakala National Park to facilitate the park mission to protect and manage the Cultural and Natural resources and to “interpret these unique resources for the education, experience, and inspiration of all peoples and future generations.” It is also with great anticipation that we continue to grow our company as one of the premier tour providers on Maui. As Stewards of this beautiful island of Maui, and bestowed with this great opportunity to be partners with Haleakalā National Park, we feel obligated with the responsibility of providing the most factual and accurate information about Haleakalā, Maui, and Hawaii that we can. Through our concentrated effort we will continue to display respect and love for the islands, its culture and its history through interpretative tours and other interpretative efforts.
The press release from the National Park Service
MAKAWAO, Hawaii — Eco Tours, Polynesian Adventure Tours, Skyline Eco Adventures, and Valley Isle Excursions have been selected to receive 10-year concession contracts to operate guided vehicle tours at Haleakalā National Park. These companies will provide guided vehicle tours for visitors in the Summit area and can offer guided vehicle tours in the park’s Kīpahulu District as well. Haleakalā Eco Tours, Polynesian Adventure Tours, and Valley Isle Excursions have previous experience with guided vehicle tours in the park, as authorized under Commercial Use Authorizations. Skyline Eco Adventures is new to the park but has experience providing visitor services on Maui.
These companies were selected by the Pacific West Regional Director of the National Park Service, as recommended by an evaluation panel of National Park Service staff. Haleakalā NP employees were not involved in the selection. Successful bidders had the highest scores among the proposals received. Each proposal was evaluated in accordance with the National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998.
“We believe the selected concessioners will do an excellent job providing memorable visitor experiences while protecting park resources,” said Haleakalā National Park Superintendent Natalie Gates. “We look forward to working with our new partners,” she added.
The 2013 Haleakalā National Park Commercial Services Plan Environmental Assessment and subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact directed the transition for guided vehicle tours from the current 18 Commercial Use Authorizations to up to four concession contracts. The purpose of the change was to improve the visitor experience and park oversight, while better protecting natural and cultural resources. The new contracts will take effect on January 1, 2018, allowing a 6-7 month transition period for all operators.
The park’s new sunrise reservation system, implemented on February 1, 2017, applies only to private or rental vehicles and does not apply to commercial operators. In 2015, over 1.2 million people visited Haleakalā National Park, and of those, over 217,000 used commercial services. The park is the foremost tourist attraction on Maui and an important contributor to the local economy. In 2015, park visitors spent $76.5 million in the county on park-related tourism and supported more than 900 Maui jobs.
Owner Ben Hall, President Jeremy Hall, and newly promoted VP/COO Lewis Upfold and the rest of the Haleakalā EcoTours staff are excited for this great opportunity and continued partnership with Haleakalā National Park. Mahalo for all your support and Aloha.