Hate Crowds? Skip ’em With HVNP’s New Self-Guided Holiday Tour

December 24, 2021, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated December 23, 2:09 PM
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Visiting Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park during the crowded holidays is no walk in the park. Congestion can turn anyone into the Grinch, but don’t let large crowds looking to catch a glimpse of nature snatch your holiday spirit. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park invites you to skip the stress and come holoholo by yourself, with friends or family, to the park’s lesser known and uncrowded destinations.

The Hawaiian word holoholo means to cruise, go for a walk, ride or sail; to go out for pleasure, and stroll. “Holoholo for the Holidays” is a self-guided program to help the first-time or the longtime visitor discover (or rediscover) diverse and inspiring park landscapes away from the crowded Kīlauea summit.

This new self-guided “Holoholo for the Holidays” program is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Download the NPS app, and search for Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Save the park for offline use. Click on Holoholo for the Holidays on the front page.

2. Pick up your certificate from the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai or print it yourself from the park website. Hike or visit at least four of the five suggested locations anytime through January. Engage in the activities at each site through the NPS App. Write a reflection on your certificate that describes your experience.


3. Sign and take your certificate to the bookstore inside Kīlauea Visitor Center for a complimentary gift and store discount.


Visiting these areas, to be in the moment, and to practice aloha ʻāina (love of the land) is sure to restore  anyone’s holiday spirit.

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