Hawaii Volcanoes National Park joins 397 other national park units across the country in waiving entrance fees for the Veteran’s Day weekend, today, Sunday and Monday.
“We are indebted to the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country’s freedom and heritage,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “The National Park Service invites all veterans to reconnect with their country through their national parks this weekend, and throughout the year.”
The Volcano park, which counts dozens of veterans among its employees and volunteers, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The park offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails and many opportunities to appreciate the volcanic landscape, the pristine native environment and the Hawaiian culture that define this magnificent World Heritage Site.
More than a dozen free interpretive programs are offered daily, and special events, including ‘Ike Hana No‘eau cultural workshops, After Dark in the Park presentations, hula kahiko performances and Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” concerts, are ongoing. Check www.nps.gov/havo for information about all events.
Hawaii Volcanoes is one of five national park units on the Island of Hawaii. Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is also open free of charge throughout Veteran’s Day weekend.
There is no admission at Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
The National Park Service has posted a video about veterans on YouTube: http://pacificislandparks.com/2012/11/06/veterans-day-2012-national-park....