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Hawaii Volcanoes Reports 1.5M Visitors in 2013

March 10, 2014, 4:18 PM HST
* Updated March 10, 4:21 PM
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today reported that it had 1.58 million visitors last year, an increase of 6.7% over the year before.

“We are pleased to again report an increase of visitors eager to enjoy Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site,” said park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

“The dual eruptions from Kīlauea, the numerous cultural and scientific programs offered, and the incredibly diverse, protected ecosystem of native plants and animals, continue to attract people from the mainland, around the world, and locally,” she said.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the 333,086-acre park encompasses seven ecological zones from the shoreline to the summit of Mauna Loa, the Earth’s most massive active volcanoe.

Also home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the park contains 155 miles of trails and 66 miles of roadways.

 A list of visitation statistics for all of the country’s 401 national park units is available at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/.

The new visitation figures come a week after the National Park Service released its economic impact report from 2012 revealing that  nearly 1.5 million non-local visitors spent $111 million in communities near the park.

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