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National Parks Waive Fees To Honor Vets

November 7, 2013, 11:50 AM HST
* Updated November 7, 12:24 PM
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will join national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees all three days of the upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Nov. 9-11.

“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 Veteran’s 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 has 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 the park.

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 this Veteran’s 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.

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