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Hawai‘i Volcanoes Free this Weekend

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Date: January 13, 2011
Contact: Mardie Lane, Park Ranger, 808-985-6018

In commemoration of the Martin Luther King Day holiday, national parks will waive entrance fees this weekend - Saturday, January 15, through Monday, January 17, 2011. In Hawai‘i, this weekend's fee-free parks include Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau, and Haleakala.

"It's a new year," said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. "If your resolution is to unplug and spend quality time together in the outdoors, where better than a national park in Hawai‘i?" In tough economic times, fee-free days give families an affordable way to enjoy our islands' natural beauty in meaningful ways," added Orlando.

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to join in ranger-guided hikes that celebrate Hawai‘i island's second annual Volcano Awareness Month, an initiative spearheaded by scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Hikes slated for this weekend include:

  • On Saturday, meet at the Kilauea Visitor Center by 1:00 pm for a three hour, 2.7 mile hike into Kilauea Caldera
  • On Sunday, meet at Kilauea Iki Overlook by 1:00 pm for a three hour, 4 mile hike through Kilauea Iki Crater.
  • On Monday, meet at the Mauna Ulu parking lot by 10:00 am, for a three hour, 3 mile hike through the lava landscape created by Kilauea's 1969 to 1974 eruption.

The Kahuku Unit of the park is also open this Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for driving, hiking, and picnicking. A special ranger-guided hike, People and Land of Kahuku, is scheduled for Sunday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For all hikes, carry water and snacks, wear sunscreen and sturdy shoes, and be prepared for cool wet weather.

Mark your calendar - future 2011 fee-free dates include National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and Veterans Day weekend (November 11-13).

Did You Know?

Glowing, reddish-orange lava flowing on the surface at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Volcano has erupted lava almost continuously from its east rift zone since 1983. These lava flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea and covered 8.7 miles (14 km) of highway with lava as deep as 115 feet (35 m). More...