• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Getting Ready for 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!

 

  • Working together to protect dark skies

    Hawaiian petrel

    Last summer, park wildlife biologists overnighted on Mauna Loa, and at high elevation observed very bright lights below in the vicinity of the park’s headquarters area. Further investigation showed it was Kilauea Military Camp, which operates under a special use permit in the park. Subsequently, park staff worked extensively with KMC to make significant improvements, returning dark skies to the park, benefiting both night-flying seabirds and visitors. Read more

  • Connecting the Past to Our Future

    Connecting the past to our future

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park archeologists brought field archeology activities to middle school students at neighboring Kea‘au Middle School earlier this year. Students joined rangers outside for a simulated hands-on experience of what park archeologists do in the field. Read more

  • Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei

    Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei at Halema‘uma‘u

    Keiki (children) from local communities completed an exciting four-day summer junior ranger program exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The program, which began more than 30 years ago, sparks their enthusiasm for discovery by connecting the children with the park’s resources and staff. A special emphasis on what is distinctly Hawaiian is a mainstay of the curriculum. There is no cost to participate. Read more

  • Why They "Like" Us

    HAVO Facebook page

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Facebook page reaches a diverse community of more than 35,000 “virtual visitors.” In early 2014, the park formed a multi-disciplinary social media team so content would continue to be fresh and informative, and as diverse as our Facebook ‘ohana (family). Our goal was to put the “social” into our social media strategy, by letting each program have a voice on what they feel is important for visitors to know about the park. Read more

  • Rangers Partner with Community Commercial Tour Guides

    Learning about the Mauna Ulu eruption

    More than 500 commercial tour guides representing 160 companies on Hawai‘i Island have completed training seminars in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and have a deeper understanding of the biology, geology, and Hawaiian cultural connection of the park to share with their guests. Read more

Did You Know?

The Kamehameha Butterfly is orange and black, with white spots.

Only two butterflies found in Hawai`i are native. The Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is Hawai`i's state insect, brightly colored, and larger than the Blackburn's blue (Udara blackburni).