Free Entry to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Veterans Day Weekend November 9-11
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i – 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.
"Our nation's veterans have sacrificed much to protect our freedom," said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. "To honor the selfless service of our veterans, we invite everyone to experience the American heritage by visiting their national parks at no charge this Veterans Day Weekend."
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, which has dozens of veterans among its employees and volunteers, is open 24 hours a day, every day. The park offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails and many opportunities to appreciate the volcanic landscape, the pristine native environment and the Hawaiian culture that define this World Heritage Site. More than a dozen free interpretive programs are offered daily, and special events, including 'Ike Hana No'eau cultural workshops, After Dark in the Park presentations, hula kahiko performances, and Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" concerts, are ongoing. Check www.nps.gov/havo for information for all events.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is one of five national park units on the island of Hawai'i. Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge Veterans Day weekend. There is no admission charged for Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.
Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Veterans in group shot, pictured left to right: Eliseo Queja (Army), Richard Park (Navy), Scott Kichman (Marines), Phil Gagorik (Navy), Alex D. Williams (Army), Dennis Salmo (Army), Clarence "Aku" Hauanio (Army), Boni Gascon (Army), Tom Foster (Air Force), Danny Ortiz (Army), Gene Hirayama (Army), Pete Amerpohl (Air Force), Jason "JZ" Zimmer (Army), Matt Duryea (Army), Lonnie Lake (Army), Keoni Kaholoa'a (Army), Pete Frazier (Marines & Army/Ret.), Faelyn Jardine (Army Reserves), Dwayne Aiona (Army), and Stephen Geiger (Army)
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).