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“Picture Yourself in a National Park”

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to “Picture Yourself” at the park April 21-29. Hawai‘i Volcanoes will join national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees all nine days during National Park Week.

Halema'uma'u from the summit. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself in a National Park,” encourages visitors to share photos or videos of themselves, their families and friends exploring and enjoying the park during National Park Week on the park’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hawaiivolcanoes.com.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes will offer ranger-led hikes and other programs during National Park Week, including a challenging hike into Kīpuka‘akihi in Kahuku Apr. 21 (registration required, call 985-6011), and a special After Dark in the Park program Apr. 24 about the park’s endemic flowering plants.

More information can be found at http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/events.htm. Be sure to  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 again on June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), July 14 (Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 32nd Annual Cultural Festival), Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10-12 (Veteran’s Day weekend).

Hawai‘i Volcanoes is one of five national park units on Hawai‘i Island. Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge on the NPS fee-free 2012 dates. There is no admission at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Arrives in Hawaii

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived yesterday in Hawaii and will be giving talks today and tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares a light moment with high school seniors from the Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club. Photo courtesy of Pillars of Peace.