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August 21, 2014
Free Entrance to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on NPS Founders Day, August 25
The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 98th birthday on Monday, August 25, Founder’s Day, and entrance is free to all fee-charging national parks in America, including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

August 15, 2014
Kīpukapuaulu, Nāmakanipaio, and Mauna Loa Now Open
The popular forested trail at Kīpukapuaulu (known locally as “Bird Park”), Nāmakanipaio campground, and Mauna Loa summit and backcountry within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are now open.

August 15, 2014
September 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 September. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

August 14, 2014
Notice of Flight Operations August/September 2014
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans for August and September 2014.

August 11, 2014
Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is Open
Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is now open, including popular trails like Kīlauea Iki. Some closures remain in effect as park staff removes fallen trees and other debris from roadways and trails following Tropical Storm Iselle.

August 09, 2014
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Reopens
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open today, Saturday, August 9, 2014, with some closures in effect as park officials assess damage and remove fallen trees and other debris from roadways and trails following Tropical Storm Iselle.

August 06, 2014
Partial Closures at Park as Hurricane Iselle Nears
To keep visitors and employees safe as Hurricane Iselle approaches the Hawaiian Islands, park officials will close all backcountry areas and certain roads in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, effective 6 p.m. this evening. Kīlauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum will close at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Thurs., Aug. 7, 2014.

August 05, 2014
Park Prepares for Hurricane Iselle
In anticipation of Hurricane Iselle bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will remain open, but park officials are closing all backcountry areas and some roads.

August 04, 2014
Park Receives Grant from National Park Foundation for Endangered Honu‘ea
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is one of 23 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The $19,200 grant will assist park efforts to protect the federally endangered hawksbill turtle, known as the honu‘ea in Hawaiian, by supporting park volunteers who monitor nesting beaches, rescue distressed females, eggs and hatchlings, improve habitat, and provide information to beachgoers along the southern coast of Hawai‘i Island.

July 25, 2014
Tours and Film Share History of World War II Detention Site at Kīlauea Military Camp
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will offer guided tours of the former World War II detention camp site at Kīlauea Military Camp on Tuesday, July 29, and show the documentary, The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i.

July 21, 2014
August 2014 Hawaiian Cultural Programs in the Park
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian cultural programs with the community and visitors in August. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. (There is no After Dark in the Park event for August). Cultural programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.

July 18, 2014
Tourism to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Creates $124,937,400 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2013 shows that the 1,583,209 visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park spent $124,937,400 in communities near the park. This spending supported 1,476 jobs in the local area.

July 18, 2014
5 Hawai‘i National Parks to Celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day July 31
Five national parks on Hawai‘i Island and Maui will simultaneously commemorate the first national holiday in Hawai‘i, Lā Hae Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Flag Day), on Thursday, July 31.

July 16, 2014
Park Offers Free Hawaiian Music Songwriting Retreat
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offering a two-day Hawaiian music songwriting retreat for beginners on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17. Hawaiian music, language and haku mele (Hawaiian song) experts Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Trapp-Beamer will lead the workshops.

July 14, 2014
Hawai‘i Island National Parks to Celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day July 31
Four national parks on Hawai‘i Island will simultaneously celebrate the first national holiday in Hawai‘i, Lā ho‘iho‘i ea, or Hawaiian Flag Day, on Thursday, July 31. The event is free, but entrance fees apply at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park & Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.

July 01, 2014
Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited in National Parks
Fireworks are prohibited in national parks, including the Fourth of July, according to federal law.

June 30, 2014
Notice of Flight Operations for July
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans for July.

June 27, 2014
Explore Kahuku July - September 2014
Everyone is invited to participate in the upcoming Kahuku events and hikes at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, offered July through September 2014. Two new hikes and special holiday programs are included, and all are FREE!

June 18, 2014
July 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 July. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events.

June 13, 2014
Experience Kahuku at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Annual Cultural Festival, July 12
Save the date and participate in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 34th annual Cultural Festival, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the park’s Kahuku Unit in Ka‘ū, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free!

June 06, 2014
Summer Jr Ranger Program Begins June 17
Youngsters nine to 12 years old are invited to become junior rangers through the park’s Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei summer program. The fun-filled, four-day program begins Tuesday, June 17 and ends Friday, June 20. On June 17 and 20, the program is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; on June 18 and 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 04, 2014
Gail Minami-Judd Retires
Gail Minami-Judd retired from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on May 31, 2014, following 31 years of dedication to the National Park Service (NPS). She served as the Supervisory Park Ranger and Kīlauea District Ranger for the Protection Division since 1990.

June 04, 2014
Clarence "Aku" Hauanio Retires
Clarence “Aku” Hauanio retired May 30, 2014 after 29 years of service to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Aku worked for the Natural Resources Management division as a pest control worker, and was devoted to protecting the endangered species within the park, including the nēnē (endemic Hawaiian goose), and the ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel).

May 17, 2014
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park June 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 June. 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.

April 25, 2014
Park Launches New Artist-in-Residence Program
In conjunction with the National Parks Arts Foundation, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will launch its first Artist-in-Residence program in May. The debut artist will be Master of Hawaiian featherwork, Rick Makanaaloha Kia‘imeaokekanaka San Nicolas.

April 18, 2014
May 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 May. 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.

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 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.

Did You Know?

'Ama`u fern frond unfurling.

The young fronds of the `ama`u fern (Sadleria cyatheoides) often emerge red to block harmful rays from the sun. They gradually turn green with age.