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Free Entry to Hawai‘i Volcanoes (and all national parks!) Veterans Day Weekend, November 9-11

November 6, 2013
Park volunteers George Jensen (left) and Paul Field salute as Park Ranger Keoni Kaholoa‘a raises the flags outside Kīlauea Visitor Center. Photo by Jay Robinson.

Park volunteers George Jensen (left) and Paul Field salute as Park Ranger Keoni Kaholoa‘a raises the flags outside Kīlauea Visitor Center. Photo by Jay Robinson.

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.

20 of the veterans employed at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park stand outside the Visitor Emergency Operations Center in the park. Pictured, left to right: Eliseo Queja, Richard Park, Scott Kichman, Phil Gagorik, Alex D. Williams, Dennis Salmo, Clarence “Aku” Hauanio, Boni Gascon, Tom Foster, Danny Ortiz, Gene Hirayama, Pete Amerpohl, Jason “JZ” Zimmer, Matt Duryea, Lonnie Lake, Keoni Kaholoa‘a, Pete Frazier, Faelyn Jardine, Dwayne Aiona, and Stephen Geiger. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

20 of the veterans employed at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park stand outside the Visitor Emergency Operations Center in the park. Pictured, left to right: Eliseo Queja, Richard Park, Scott Kichman, Phil Gagorik, Alex D. Williams, Dennis Salmo, Clarence “Aku” Hauanio, Boni Gascon, Tom Foster, Danny Ortiz, Gene Hirayama, Pete Amerpohl, Jason “JZ” Zimmer, Matt Duryea, Lonnie Lake, Keoni Kaholoa‘a, Pete Frazier, Faelyn Jardine, Dwayne Aiona, and Stephen Geiger. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

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  1. TinaP permalink
    November 7, 2013 7:46 am

    Thank you veterans! God Bless America

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