Free entry on Saturday
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park joins 397 national parks in waiving entrance fees in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday.
The park is offering several special programs this day:
l Save Halema‘uma‘u Trail. Join park rangers and remove invasive kahili ginger from one of the park’s most historic trails, Halema‘uma‘u Trail, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center, and wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, garden gloves and tools, a day pack, lunch and water.
l Kipuka ‘Akihi, an adventure in stewardship, is offered in the park’s Kahuku section, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This forest stewardship program provides opportunities to help protect this rainforest by pulling up invasive non-native plants.
l A guided hike of Kahuku’s new Palm Trail is offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s a relatively easy 2.6 mile loop traversing scenic pasture along an ancient cinder cone.
with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. The guided hike is from
Park and meet at the visitor contact tent, near the ranch buildings. Boots, raingear, long pants plus water and a snack are recommended. No advance registration required.
Kahuku is located on the mauka side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Drive through the gate, park and meet at the visitor contact tent, near the ranch buildings.
Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will also offer a forest restoration project Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and are seeking volunteers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 352-1402.