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Hawai‘i Volcanoes Celebrates 25 Years as a World Heritage Site

October 11, 2012

 Twenty-five years ago, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest treasures, and was designated a World Heritage Site for having “superlative attributes of universal value important to the common heritage of humanity.” Today, there are 21 World Heritage Sites in the United States (including two in Hawai‘i, the other is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument) and 962 sites worldwide.

Halema'uma'u glows after dark

Halema’uma’u glows after dark. Photo by Michael Szoenyi/

To commemorate the silver anniversary of its World Heritage Site status, and the 40th anniversary of the international World Heritage Convention, the park is offering two events, one at the park and one at The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast:

World Heritage “After Dark in the Park” Presentation. Join National Geographic Traveler editor Jonathan Tourtellot for an overview of World Heritage Sites, how World Heritage grows jobs, four common myths about World Heritage and America’s position in the global quest for World Heritage sites. No registration required. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (park entrance fees may apply).
When: Wed., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Jonathan Tourtellot, National Geographic Travel Geotourism Editor
Keynote speaker Jonathan Tourtellot, geotourism editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, discusses World Heritage at both events.

World Heritage Anniversary Roundtable. The park, Big Island Visitors Bureau, and The Fairmont Orchid invite you to a destination roundtable withNational Geographic Traveler editor Jonathan Tourtellot, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park staff, and travel industry leaders. Learn why having a World Heritage Site on our island is important, what it means to your organization, and how you can leverage this unique status in your outreach efforts. Free admission and free parking at The Fairmont Orchid; RSVP online, or contact Jessica Ferracane at 808-985-6018 or via email, .
When: Thurs., Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i’s Plaza Ballroom

Hawaiian rainforest at Nahuku

The high number of endemic plant and animals species is one of the reasons Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a World Heritage Site. Photo by David Boyle.

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