Picture Yourself at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park During National Park Week, April 21-29!
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Entrance Fees Waived all Nine Days
Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i - Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to "Picture Yourself" at the park April 21-29. Hawai'i Volcanoes will join national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees all nine days during National Park Week.
This year's theme, "Picture Yourself in a National Park," encourages visitors to share photos or videos of themselves, their families and friends exploring and enjoying the park during National Park Week on the park's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/hawaiivolcanoes.
Hawai'i Volcanoes will offer ranger-led hikes and other programs during National Park Week, including a challenging hike into Kīpuka'akihi in Kahuku Apr. 21 (registration required, call 985-6011), and a special After Dark in the Park program Apr. 24 about the park's endemic flowering plants. More information can be found at http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/events.htm. Be sure to check the ranger activities bulletin board at the Kīlauea Visitor Center each morning at 9 a.m.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees again on June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), July 14 (Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's 32nd Annual Cultural Festival), Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10-12 (Veteran's Day weekend).
Hawai'i Volcanoes is one of five national park units on Hawai'i Island. Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge on the NPS fee-free 2012 dates. There is no admission at Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.
Did You Know?
`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.