HVNP Park Hikes, Events & More, July 23–29

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Parkes invites everyone to find their park and experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes and more from Ka‘ū to Volcano to Hilo.

While Kīlauea continues to shake the ground and blast ash from its ever-changing summit crater—causing the partial closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on May 11—park rangers continue to enlighten and engage visitors from other locations. Rangers offer new and familiar programs at the park’s Kahuku Unit, Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village and other locations—free of charge.

Join the park at any of the following locations, and take advantage of these upcoming park programs, now through Sunday, July 29:

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. Find you park rangers at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in downtown Hilo, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) has set up shop and offers a range of educational items, books and souvenirs for sale. Located at 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo. Free!

Ku‘i Kalo Demonstration. Learn to ku‘i kalo and make poi at the ‘Ike Hana No‘eau Cultural Workshop this Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Park Ranger and kalo grower Keoni Kaholo‘a‘ā, plus staff from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, will share their knowledge and appetite for kalo during this authentic Hawaiian cultural experience. Free!


Kahuku Unit

The Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is located on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, in Ka‘ū, about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Entrance and all programs are free. Kahuku is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase the NPS Passport Book from the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store and get your special Kahuku Unit cancellation stamp.

The 20-minute Kahuku Orientation Talks introduce natural, cultural and historic attributes of Kahuku to the first-time or been-awhile visitor, and rangers also share the latest Kīlauea eruption updates! Orientation talks are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station.

Kahuku Coffee Talks are informal conversations on a wide variety of topics, held the last Friday of the month. Ka‘ū coffee, tea and pastries are available for purchase. The next Coffee Talk is Friday, July 27.  Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Chief Ranger John Broward will talk about “Mitigating Disaster in National Parks,” from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free!


Delve into authentic Hawaiian cultural practices via ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work) programs, held every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Kahuku. The programs last an hour and are free. This coming Saturday, July 28, park rangers and staff from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association will share their knowledge and passion for Lei Making in the tightly woven lei haku style.

Pali o Ka‘eo Trail in Kahuku. PC: NPS Photo/Janice Wei

NEW! Paths & Trails Guided Hike. Explore Kahuku’s newest trail, Pali o Ka‘eo. Walk along a two-mile, moderately difficult trail that offers spectacular views of Kahuku. Discover the paths people, animals and plants followed to arrive in this special section of Ka‘ū. Our first guided hike of Pali o Ka‘eo is offered July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Can’t make a guided hike but want to get to know Kahuku better? The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will tailor a customized trek just for you. Contact Friends through their website.  Proceeds support Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Kahuku events are posted to the park website,


Prince Kuhio Plaza. Come visit park rangers at the new Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store, and learn about current volcanic conditions and what’s going on in the park. Proceeds benefit six national park sites in Hawai‘i and American Samoa. The popular Hilo mall, located at 111 E. Puainako St., opens daily at 10 a.m.

Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. You can also find your park at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., in Volcano Village. Rangers are there most days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption. Free!

Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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