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Free Entry to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Veterans Day Weekend November 9-11

Veterans of Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP
20 of the veterans employed at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park stand outside the Visitor Emergency Operations Center in the park. (Scroll down for their names.)
NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

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News Release Date: November 6, 2013
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. 

-NPS-

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)

 
Veterans Salute
Park volunteers and veterans George Jensen (left) and Paul Field salute as Park Ranger and Veteran Keoni Kaholoa‘a raises the morning Colors outside Kīlauea Visitor Center.
Jay Robinson

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