Two people were arrested today and face federal charges after trying to launch their paragliders inside Haleakala National Park.
Haleakala NPS spokesperson Polly Angelakis said the two men face charges for attempting to illegal paragliding activities inside the hallowed crater of the House of the Sun. One was apprehended after launching and landing in critical endangered species habitats. The other man didn’t get off the ground, but faces charges of attempting to do so. Their equipment was seized and impounded and the two now face federal charges.
Haleakala National Park protects cultural resources that are sacred to native Hawaiian people while providing critical habitat management for endangered and threatened species found nowhere else on Earth. Federal Law CFR 2.17 prohibits powered and non-powered flight into the crater without a permit. According to the NPS press release, “The federal rules exist to protect the critical natural and cultural resources.”
The identities and home towns of the two men have not yet been released. No damage or injuries were reported.