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Hawaii National Park, HI - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will join all 397 national park units across the country in waiving entrance fees Jan. 14-16 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Entrance fees will also be waived on Sat., Jan. 21 to honor the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's 100-year anniversary and Open House.
The HVO Open House on Jan. 21 is an ideal opportunity for residents and visitors to meet USGS scientists, learn how they monitor Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes, and appreciate the compelling history of this vital agency. HVO is located within the national park, but is typically not open to the public. The Open House will feature observatory tours, demonstrations, and other activities, starting from 9 a.m.
For information on the HVO Open House and other programs offered by HVO in January, visit hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
"We are pleased to invite the public to explore their magnificent national park at no charge during these significant milestones," said Superintendent Cindy Orlando. "I hope everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of the fee-free dates during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, and can enjoy the rare privilege of visiting HVO's Open House," she said.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will offer numerous ranger-led hikes and programs during the fee-free dates. Visitors can find information at http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/ranger-programs.htm and check the ranger activities bulletin board at the Kīlauea Visitor Center each morning at 9 a.m.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on 14 other days in 2012: Apr. 21-29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), July 14 (Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's 32nd Annual Cultural Festival), Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10-12 (Veteran's Day weekend).
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes is one of five national park units on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge on the NPS fee-free 2012 dates. There is no admission at Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.
Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.