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National Parks Waive Fees for President’s Day

February 11, 2015, 3:08 PM HST
* Updated February 11, 3:10 PM
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As presidents day weekend approaches, fee-charging national parks throughout the country prepare to open their doors free of charge over the weekend.

The National Park Service has also waived admission fees on five additional days throughout 2015: April 18 and 19 for the first weekend of National Park Week, Aug. 25 for the National Park Service’s 99th birthday, Sept. 26 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

Among the five national parks on the Big Island, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park regularly charge entrance fees. Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail do not regularly charge entrance fees.

HVNP will offer an additional free weekend on May 15 and May 16 for the BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival. Park officials say that the two-day event, which is hosted by National Geographic and the National Park Service, teams with scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students, and the public to discover, document, and celebrate the biodiversity and culture of HVNP.

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