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New video shares tips for visiting Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park during busy holiday season

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A park ranger directs a long line of traffic on Crater Rim Drive

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News Release Date: November 21, 2022

Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaiʻi – There is one thing you can count on during the holidays at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park if you don’t plan ahead: crowds. 

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park welcomes almost two million visitors annually. Thanksgiving through January are the busiest times, and visitors should expect extremely high visitor concentations, traffic delays and no parking at popular places during peak hours.  

Don’t let festive congestion dampen your spirits. A helpful new video shares ranger tips on how to plan ahead for the best park experience: 

1.  Know Before You Go. Visit the park website for eruption updates, alerts, what to do, and more before you arrive. Download the free National Park Service app – it’s a terrific source to help you explore the park. 

2.  Be Flexible. The park is open 24 hours, and the busiest time is between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day. Popular overlooks and parking lots are often full.  Kīlauea summit is the main destination for most visitors, but there are many places to go in the park. Have alternate destinations in mind, and strongly consider arriving before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m. 

3.  Be Respectful. Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are sacred and cherished landscapes. Be considerate of others and use your indoor voice at overlooks. Leave your mobile sound system at home. Point flashlights and headlamps at the ground to avoid blinding others. 
Please share the new Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park video with anyone who plans to visit the park. With planning and flexibility, everyone can have a safe and memorable visit this holiday season. 

Last updated: November 21, 2022

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