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April 08, 2014
Go Wild for Culture During National Park Week
Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27 with a free-admission weekend and special events nationwide.

March 31, 2014
Explore Kahuku April through June 2014
Everyone is invited to participate in the upcoming Kahuku programs, offered April through June 2014, in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free!

March 25, 2014
Final Count for Humpback Whales from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for 2014
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encourages volunteers to register to help count humpback whales during the final 2014 Sanctuary Ocean Count held this Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 25, 2014
Volunteers Sought for Stewardship at the Summit
Protect the Hawaiian ecosystem from invasive, non-native plant species by volunteering for “Stewardship at the Summit” programs in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

March 24, 2014
April 2014 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in April. To celebrate the Merrie Monarch Festival’s 51st anniversary, special cultural presentations are offered April 23, 24, and 25. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

March 10, 2014
Hawai‘i Volcanoes Attracted 1,583,209 Visitors in 2013
National Park Service (NPS) visitation figures released today show that 1,583,209 people visited Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in 2013 – an increase of 6.7 percent from 2012 visitation statistics.

March 03, 2014
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Creates $113,376,400 in Local Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 1,353 jobs in local economy.

February 21, 2014
China and Hawai‘i Linked by Sister Park Agreement
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Wudalianchi National Park in China have announced a sister park agreement to strengthen their shared volcanic heritage by promoting international cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of both parks.

February 14, 2014
March 2014 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in March. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

February 12, 2014
Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend with Free Entry to All National Parks
To celebrate the connections between our national leaders and national parks, all 401 National Park Service sites will have free admission during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, February 15-17.

February 06, 2014
Public Comments Sought on Park’s Administrative Aviation Plan and Environmental Assessment
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has released its Mission Critical Administrative Aviation Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for managing the use of administrative aviation over the park. The public is invited to comment online or via mail by March 7, 2014.

January 30, 2014
Hiker Caught in Snowstorm is Rescued from Mauna Loa
Park rangers rescued a lone hiker Thursday morning who was stranded on Mauna Loa after a winter snowstorm pummeled the summit and lower elevations with heavy snow and high winds.

January 21, 2014
Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs February 2014
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in February. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

January 16, 2014
Fee-Free Days at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in 2014
Mark your calendars for these nine fee-free dates at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in 2014!

January 14, 2014
Count Humpback Whales from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encourages volunteers to register to help count humpback whales during the 2014 Sanctuary Ocean Count held the last Saturday of January, February and March (Jan. 25, Feb. 22, and Mar. 29), from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

December 30, 2013
Fireworks Prohibited in National Parks
Fireworks are always prohibited in national parks, including New Year’s Eve, according to federal law.

December 18, 2013
Hike, Explore & Protect Kahuku: January - March 2014 Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park shares the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors and residents to the park’s southernmost section on select Sundays from January through March 2014.

December 16, 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park January 2014 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in January – which is also Volcano Awareness Month, established by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

December 12, 2013
Update to Crater Rim Drive Lane Closure
Weekly work will be completed during four 10-hour days, instead of five eight-hour days. There will be no construction work or lane closure in the area on Fridays.

December 05, 2013
Crater Rim Drive Lane Closure
The westbound lane fronting Steam Vents will be closed for up to 10 weeks while crews replace a deteriorated water main, beginning Mon., Dec. 9.

November 27, 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park December 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in December. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

November 18, 2013
Critical Time for Nēnē
Visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park now through April could get lucky and spot pairs of the endemic Hawaiian goose, or nēnē, flying overhead or grazing with goslings.

November 06, 2013
Free Entry to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Veterans Day Weekend November 9-11
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park joins national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees all three days of the upcoming Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

October 25, 2013
November 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Events
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in November. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

October 17, 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Reopens to Visitors
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened to visitors today, Oct. 17, 2013. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has been closed since Oct. 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

September 26, 2013
Hike, Explore & Protect Kahuku October through December 2013 Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors and residents to the park’s southernmost section, October through December 2013.

September 24, 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park October 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in October. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

September 17, 2013
Notice of Flight Operations
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans:

September 10, 2013
Volunteer with the Park on September 28: National Public Lands Day
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encourages the public to mālama ‘āina on Sat., Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day – by volunteering to remove invasive Himalayan ginger in the park, or fountain grass in Ocean View.

August 30, 2013
New Volcano House History Walk Offered
Park Rangers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are interpreting the history of the famous Volcano House sm one step at a time.

August 26, 2013
September 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in September. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

August 23, 2013
Lost hiker located at daybreak
Park rangers and a helicopter pilot rescued a 76-year-old man early Friday morning who got lost near Pu‘u Huluhulu in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park the previous day.

August 14, 2013
Man Survives 115-Foot Fall
Park rangers on Tuesday rescued a man who had been stranded overnight after climbing over a barrier and falling 115 feet down a sheer cliff behind Volcano House in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

August 13, 2013
Park Announces New Fire Management Officer
James Courtright is the new Fire Management Officer (FMO) at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and will oversee fire management for 11 national parks in the Pacific Island Park network.

August 09, 2013
August 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in August. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.

July 30, 2013
Park Services Back to Normal as Flossie Dissipates
Park officials reopened the following areas within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Tuesday morning, as Flossie weakened into a tropical depression.

July 28, 2013
Park Prepares for Tropical Storm Flossie
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will remain open during Tropical Storm Flossie, but with minimal services.

July 18, 2013
Kahuku Unit Guided Hikes July - September 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors and residents to the park’s southernmost section, now through September 2013.

July 12, 2013
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park July 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Events
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in July. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

July 03, 2013
Park Rangers Rescue Endangered Plants
It’s not always lost or injured hikers who get rescued by park rangers. Rangers from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park rappelled nearly 200 feet into a remote pit crater last week to “rescue” seeds and cuttings from four extremely rare Hawaiian plants in the national park. The park will use the seeds and cuttings to help reestablish these species.

July 01, 2013
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to Host 33rd Annual Cultural Festival Sat., July 13
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park will host the 33rd Annual Cultural Festival on Sat., July 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is free, and park entrance fees are waived all day. This year's festival will be presented at the park's Kahua Hula (traditional hula platform) at Ka'auea, south of Kīlauea Visitor Center.

May 31, 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park June 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in June.

May 14, 2013
Record of Decision for Plan/EIS for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is pleased to announce that the Record of Decision for the Plan for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates has been signed. The Record of Decision describes the alternative the National Park Service (NPS) has selected to implement and why, and completes this important planning effort for the park.

May 09, 2013
Island Youth Earn Summer Internships at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Nearly 50 Hawai‘i Island high school youth have completed training for eight-week summer internship programs with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park starting in June.

May 02, 2013
The Volcano House Story
The beloved Volcano House will fully reopen on the rim of Kīlauea caldera in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park next month, following a multi-million dollar upgrade and completing yet another chapter in the epic history of this iconic hotel.

May 01, 2013
May 2013 After Dark in the Park and Cultural Events
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in May. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

March 19, 2013
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park April 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in April. To celebrate the Merrie Monarch Festival’s 50th anniversary, special cultural presentations are offered April 3 and 4. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

March 19, 2013
Hike, Explore, & Protect Kahuku this Spring
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors and residents to the park's southernmost section, April through June 2013.

January 16, 2013
12 Fee-Free Days at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in 2013
Mark you calendars for these entrance fee-free days at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in 2013

Did You Know?

Skylight reveals lava flowing to the ocean.

Large volumes of lava move in lava tubes beneath the hardened surface of recent flows. Skylights form when the roof of a lava tube collapses, revealing the molten lava flowing like a river within the tube.