Hawaii National Park Week – Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala

Hawaii National Park

National Park Week is April 21-29, 2012. During National Park Week all 397 National Parks across the United States will have free admission. The theme of National Park Week is “Picture Yourself in a National Park.” Take advantage of this week and “Picture Yourself” in a Hawaii National Park with some of the world’s most stunning scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures.

Hawaii National Park Locations Include:
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail – Big Island
Haleakala National Park – Maui
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island
Kalaupapa National Historical Park – Molokai
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park – Big Island
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – Big Island
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site – Big Island
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – Oahu


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will offer ranger-led hikes and other programs during National Park Week.  Special Events at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park During Hawaii National Park Week include:
  • Tuesday, April 24: After Dark in the Park – This program will feature US Geological Survey botanist Linda Pratt as she tells the story about Hawaii’s unique flowering plants.
  • Saturday, April 28: Learn about the “People and Land of Kahuku. The Kahuku Unit will be the focus for a two-mile hike through pastures, a quarry and lava fields to. Visitors will learn how people lived on the vast Kahuku apua‘aha, its history of violent earthquakes and eruptions and the people who survived them, and plans to restore native ecosystems and protect cultural sites.
Hawaii Volcano Crater

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcano Steam Vents

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Haleakala National Park will celebrate Hawaii National Park Week. In addition to waiving the entrance fee for all visitors April 21-29, 2012, Haleakala National Park will have special activities in the Summit Area and Kipahulu Area.

Haleakala National Park events in the Summit Area include:

  • Haleakala Park Visitor Centers will be giving prizes away hourly to trivia those that answer a challenge question.
  • Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands) Trail and Pa Ka ‘oao hikes  Short, guided hikes held at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am from the Haleakala Visitor Center on the crater rim.
  • Hikes through The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve: Monday & Thursday from 8:45am- 12:30pm. Reservations accepted up to one week in advance. Call (808) 572-4400.
  • Hike with Haleakala Park Staff on the Historic Halemau’u Trail on April 24 and 25 at 9:00am or April 29 at 1:30pm. Meet at Halemau’u parking lot
Haleakala National Park will also have special activities during National Park Week in the Kipahulu Area Daily at the hale or on the deck of the visitor center:
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Hawaiian Cultural demonstrations including coconut leaf weaving, hau rope making, lei and ti leaf skirt making
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: “Talk story” with a ranger

Hikes with Haleakala National Park staff to see majestic waters:

  • 10:00am-12:30 pm – Along Pipiwai Trail with waterfall views.
  • 3:00pm -4:00pm – To Kuloa Point for views of ‘Ohe’o stream
Sun rising over Haleakala

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park


For a complete list of Hawaii National Park Activities check out Hawaii National Park Activities.


Take advantage of Hawaii National Park Week with free admission to these beautiful locations in Hawaii. If you are not going to be in Hawaii during National Park Week or want a unique way to experience these National Parks check out Hawaii Volcano Tours, Biking Down Haleakala, and the Spectacular Hakeakala Sunrise Tour.


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