Hawaii Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to join special hikes and programs offered at the park during National Park Week, April 20-28. Entrance fees will be waived Monday through Friday.
This year’s theme, “Did You Know,” provides a fun way to get to know the park, for both visitors and local residents.
For example, did you know that HVNP is 520 square miles, nearly as large as the entire island of Oahu (597 square miles)?
The special, free programs during National Park Week include the following. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water.
— Kilauea Iki Crater Hike. Join master ranger volunteer Charlene Meyers on an invigorating four-mile, three-hour hike through the rain forest and onto the crater floor. Learn how the 1959 eruption forever changed this landscape.
Meet Meyers at the Kilauea Iki Iki Overlook Parking lot on Crater Rim Drive for event on Tuesday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Amazing Mauna Ulu. Explore fascinating volcanic features like fissures and lava trees that were formed during the 1969-74 Mauna Ulu eruption with master ranger volunteer Noel Eberz. The one-mile, one-hour round-trip hike will highlight the amazing process of plant survival on this harsh lava landscape.
Meet Eberz at the Mauna Ulu parking lot, four miles down Chain of Craters Road, for two outings: Wednesday, April 24, at 11 a.m., and again at 1 p.m.
— Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs. Join Park Ranger Adrian Boone for a two-hour, 1.5-mile round-trip trek across ancient lava flows to the largest petroglyph field in Hawai‘i. Discover the meanings inherent in these rock carvings and gather a greater understanding of the native people who created them.
Meet Boone at the Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs parking area, near the end of Chain of Craters Road, which is a 45-minute drive from the park entrance, for the event on Thursday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m.
— NPS Volunteer Day. Save Hawaii’s native rain forest, and join forces with volunteers Jane and Paul Field to remove Himalayan ginger, faya, strawberry guava and other invasive non-native plants that threaten the native understory alongside Halema‘uma‘u Trail. Bring garden gloves. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water.
Meet the Fields at Kilauea Visitor Center, right inside the park entrance. Tools will be provided. The volunteer excursion is on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.
There are also regularly scheduled programs in the park, and at the Kahuku Unit, during National Park Week. For a complete listing, visit the park website: http://www.nps.gov/havo/parknews/20130319_pr.htm. In addition, the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has special programs during National Park Week: http://fhvnp.org/events/.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees again on July 13 (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s 33rd Annual Cultural Festival), Aug. 25 (NPS birthday), Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 9-11 (Veteran’s Day weekend).
Hawaii Volcanoes is one of five national park units on Hawaii Island. Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge on the NPS fee-free 2013 dates. There is no admission at Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.