My Turn: Commercial tour helicopters/small aircraft don’t belong in our precious national parks

Growing up in Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was our playground, from family hiking, picnicking, camping and visiting Pele, to the beginnings of understanding of our natural and cultural worlds. Later, with Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes formed the foundation of appreciation of the fragility of nature under threat, of the ‘aina as a living, breathing, spiritual being, of our desperate need in this busy world for special places of beauty, solitude, silence, reflection, refuge and peace.