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National Park Service Turns 97 – Free Admission to All National Parks Including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The National Park Service turns 97 on Sunday, August 25, Founder’s Day, and entrance is free to all 401 national parks in America, including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Park Ranger Dean Gallagher explains the eruptive history of Halema`uma`u Crater during a "Life on the Edge" talk

Park Ranger Dean Gallagher explains the eruptive history of Halema`uma`u Crater during a “Life on the Edge” talk

With more than 150 miles of hiking trails, and 520 square miles that stretch from sea level to the 13,677-foot summit of Mauna Loa, the opportunity to enjoy Hawai‘i’s natural splendor abounds in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

A schedule of free ranger-led programs and guided hikes is posted daily outside Kīlauea Visitor Center by 9:30 a.m. Visitors can enjoy programs including Explore the Summit – a one-hour walk from the Kīlauea Visitor Center to the edge of Kīlauea caldera, and Life on the Edge, a 20-minute talk about the current eruption from Halema‘uma‘u Crater given daily at Jaggar Museum overlook.

Two other fee-charging parks in Hawai‘i – Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park and Haleakalā National Park on Maui – will also waive entrance fees on August 25.

Visitors can enjoy more free-entry days in 2013: September 28 is National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States; and November 9-11, Veterans Day Weekend.


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