In the past year, three bicyclists have died in Haleakala National Park while descending from the park's summit. The latest death, that of a 65-year-old Ohio woman, occurred earlier this week when she ran into a bicycle company's van.
The spate of fatalities has prompted park officials to summon bicycle tour companies to a meeting next week to discuss safety aspects of their businesses.
According to a story in the Honolulu Advertiser, Haleakala, Hawaiian for "house of the rising sun," is renowned for its spectacular sunrises. Watching the sun come up at the summit has long been one of the top things to do for visitors to the Valley Isle. And in recent years, the practice of cycling down Haleakala, especially during sunrise, has proliferated.