In 2013, 1,583,209 people visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, an increase of 6.7 percent from 2012, according to data released Monday by the National Park Service.
The new visitation figures come one week after NPS released its economic impact report from 2012, which revealed that 1,483,928 visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that year spent $113,376,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,353 jobs in the local area.
“We are pleased to again report an increase of visitors eager to enjoy Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “The dual eruptions from Kilauea, the numerous cultural and scientific programs offered, and the incredibly diverse, protected ecosystem of native plants and animals, continue to attract people from the mainland, around the world, and locally,” she said.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year long. The 333,086-acre park stretches from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa — earth’s most massive active volcano — at 13,677 feet, and encompasses seven ecological zones, 155 miles of trails and 66 miles of paved roadways. It is also home to Kilauea, one of earth’s most active volcanoes which is presently erupting from two locations: Halema‘uma‘u Crater at its summit (since 2008), and in the remote east rift zone from the Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent (since 1983).