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Photo above: Lava splashing into the ocean at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo courtesy USGS. Hawaii Volcanoes is one of the original thirty-three national parks in the National Park Service on its date of August 25, 1916. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park.

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National Park Service 100th Anniversary


  • Hawaii Volcanoes 100th Events

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has announced over twenty events for their 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service celebrations, centering around Centennial hikes to various parts of the park and an After Dark in the Park lecture series in the park auditorium.


    2016 Events

    January 23, 2016 - Centennial Hike into the Volcano
    Time: 10:00 am to 12 pm.
    Location: Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center.
    Event: Join a ranger on a moderately difficult 2.7-mile roundtrip hike to the floor of Kilauea Caldera.



    January 23, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Join botonists and biolgists as they discuss discuss the natural treasures of the Kahuku Unit, former ranch lands acquired by the National Park Service in 2003, and the challenges of conserving the native species.



    February 27, 2016 - Centennial Hike into the Forested Pit Crater at Kahuku
    Time: 10:00 am to 1 pm.
    Location: Kahuku Visitor Contact Station.
    Event: Join botanists and biologists on a moderate 2.4-mile roundtrip hike to a forested pit crater in the Kahuku Unit that naturally protects rare and endangered Hawaiian plant species.



    March 9, 2016 - Ike Hana No'eau - Experience the Skillful Work
    Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center.
    Event: Ahu L?'? or ti leaf capes were fashioned by attaching individual stems of the ti leaf to a net mesh. It was worn over the shoulders to protect the wearer from driving winds and rains. Join park rangers as they share their knowledge and skills in making a cape, or better yet, try your hand and add a few leaves to the cape.



    March 16, 2016 - Na Leo Manu - Heavenly Voices
    Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Listen to the leo nahenahe of Kai Ho'opi'i sharing the music of his 'ohana from Kahakuloa, Maui.



    March 18, 2016 - Find Your Park on the Big Screen
    Time: 7 pm.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will show sister park movies to raise awareness of the other national parks in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands during its centennial year.



    March 22, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, Recovery Efforts for Endangered Native Birds.



    March 26, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Protect Nene and Adopt a Highway.
    Time: 9:00 am.
    Location: Meet on Highway 11 at Mile Marker 40.
    Event: Steward the park with a cleanup effort along Highway 11 in the nene habitat.



    April 26, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, What Makes a Species Invasive?



    April 30, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Save the Summit Understory.
    Time: 9:00 am.
    Location: Meet on Kilauea Visitor Center flagpole.
    Event: Clean up the rainforest by helping volunteers clear invasive plants.



    May 24, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, Honu'ea: Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles of Hawai'i.



    May 28, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Honu'ea, Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles of Hawai'i.
    Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am.
    Location: Meet on Pu'u Loa Petroglyph Parking Lot.
    Event: Three-mile roundtrip hike to Ka'ena Point, learning about the nesting and monitoring activities of honu'ea, the human and cultural history of the area, and how eruptions in this coastal region have impacted both.



    June 28, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, The Evolution of Landscape Restoration at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.



    July 2, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Kipukapuaulu, the Park's First Special Ecological Area.
    Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
    Location: Meet at Kipukapuaulu trailhead.
    Event: Easy 1.2-mile hike through the park's inaugural Special Ecological Area (SEA), Kipukapuaulu.



    July 26, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, Salt Production Sites Along the Rugged Park Coastline.



    July 30, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Salt Production Sites Along the Rugged Park Coastline.
    Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am.
    Location: Meet at the parking lot after Pu'u Loa Petroglyph Trailhead, on Chain of Craters Road.
    Event: two-mile roundtrip hike to the extensive remnants of pa'akai gathering sites along the coast, and learn how the residents of this area used a unique method to extract the salt.



    August 16, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, The Establishment of Hawaii National Park.



    August 20, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Walk into the Past at Volcano House.
    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
    Location: Meet at the Kileuea Visitor Center.
    Event: Walk with a park ranger to the historic Volcano House, and learn about the significant role this iconic lodge perched on the edge of Kilauea caldera played in shaping park's early history.



    August 27, 2016 - 36th Annual Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival & BioBlitz.
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
    Event: This year's festival honors the park's centennial anniversary. Themed E Hoomau (to perpetuate; to continue in a way that causes good to be long-lasting), the 36th annual cultural festival invites people of all ages to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. This year's festival will again include a BioBlitz, a fun and hands-on opportunity to observe and document the biodiversity that thrives in the lava flows and native rainforests of K?lauea Volcano, led by individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture. Visitors can learn about the importance of conservation and biodiversity through interactive exhibits at the festival.



    September 27, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, Hawaiian Adze Production-Lithic Block Quarries on Kilauea.



    October 1, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Hawaiian Adze Production-Lithic Block Quarries on Kilauea.
    Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
    Location: Meet at Kilauea Overlook.
    Event: Hour-long hike among the abandoned adze quarry at Kilauea Overlook.



    October 25, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, LiDAR Sheds New Light on Hidden Gems.



    October 29, 2016 - Centennial Hike. LiDAR Sheds New Light on Hidden Gems.
    Time: 1:00 pm to 3 pm.
    Location: Meet at the Ka'u Desert Trailhead.
    Event: Two and one half mile roundtrip hike into the Ka'u Desert and learn how LiDAR has helped rescript the history surrounding the ancient footprints embedded in this landscape.



    November 15, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, The 1932 Administration Building, Our New Museum.



    November 19, 2016 - Centennial Hike. The 1932 Administration Building, Our New Museum.
    Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
    Location: Meet at the Kilauea Visitor Center.
    Event: Walk to the park's new museum, and learn about the objects and plans for exhibiting them in the original 1932 park Administration Building, formally a lodging facility.



    December 13, 2016 - After Dark in the Park Centennial Series
    Time: 7 pm. Free, $2 donation suggested.
    Location: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
    Event: Topic, Kilauea Military Camp, Once a Detainment Camp.



    December 17, 2016 - Centennial Hike. Kilauea Military Camp.
    Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am.
    Location: Meet at the flagpole at Kilauea Military Camp.
    Event: Take a revealing walk through Kilauea Military Camp, used as a Japanese detainment camp during World War II.



    Note: Check with the park for any changes in time or topic prior to visiting, as well as the physical requirements of each event.



    Please check with the Visitor Center for updated times and schedules as they are subject to change at any time.


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