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hawaiivolcanoesnps It’s Twosday! Tag a friend (or 2!) who would hike any of the park’s 155 miles of #hiking #trails with you! #FindYourPark Photo/J. Ferracane
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hawaiivolcanoesnps #FindYourPark for free today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday and a #feefree day at all national parks. Photo of Kāluʻe, a remote and beautiful coastal section of the park. Photo/J.Ferracane. #wilderness #backcountry #outdoorslife #hiking
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Volcano Awareness Month continues this coming Tuesday with the presentation "Kīlauea summit eruption: story of the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake." The story of Kīlauea Volcano’s ongoing summit eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu is the focus of a recently released USGS documentary that will be introduced by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Janet Babb, who co-produced and co-wrote the video. The story recounts the formation and growth of the summit vent, describes the fluctuating lava lake within it, and features USGS scientists sharing their insights on various aspects of the eruption. Following the 24-minute video, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick, one of the featured scientists in it, will provide an update on what’s happening at Halemaʻumaʻu today and answer questions about the summit eruption. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, but park entrance fees apply. When: Tues., Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium #FindYourPark #volcanoawarenessmonth #Kīlauea USGS Photo
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Two FREE Kahuku programs for your consideration this weekend: Saturday: Birth of Kahuku. Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcano features and formations, and identify many parts of the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. This guided easy-to-moderate hike is offered January 13, February 10, and March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday: ‘Ōhi‘a Lehua. Learn about the vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the ‘ōhi‘a tree, and the threat of a new fungal disease, Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death. Visitors will be able to identify the many differences of the most prominent native tree in Kahuku on this program, which is an easy, one-mile (or less) walk. The ‘Ōhi‘a Lehua program is offered January 14 and February 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visitors can also explore Kahuku on their own on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located in Ka‘ū, and is 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. NPS Photo/Janice Wei #Kahuku #FindYourPark #family #hiking
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Today! ‘Ohe Kāpala: Hawaiian Bamboo Stamping demonstration on Wednesday. Learn to create beautiful designs using bamboo stamps (‘ohe kāpala). Originally used to decorate clothing with deep symbolic meaning, we now use ‘ohe kāpala designs to tell stories on a variety of modern materials. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free, but park entrance fees apply. When: Wed., Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai #CulturalPreservation #FindYourPark NPS Photo
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Join us Tuesday for the After Dark in Park program "Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone: 35 years and still erupting." January 3, 2018, marks the 35th anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption. During its first three years, high lava fountains erupted episodically from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent. Since then, nearly continuous effusion of lava has sent countless ‘a‘ā and pāhoehoe flows downslope, burying about 55 square miles of the volcano’s south flank. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Carolyn Parcheta briefly describes the early history of this eruption and provides an in-depth look at lava flow activity during the past year, including the Kamokuna ocean entry and lava delta. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, but park entrance fees apply. When: Tues., Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium #VolcanoAwarenessMonth #Kīlauea #EastRiftZone #FindYourPark USGS Photo
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Aloha kakahiaka! (Good morning!) No matter what time of day it is, you can listen to the song of the Hawaiian forest by clicking the Dawn Chorus from the park website. Audio recording of birds waking up with the dawn from Kīpuka Kī, off Mauna Loa Road, courtesy of Dr. Jacob Job. https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/nature/dawn-chorus.htm Photo of ‘i‘iwi in native ‘ōhi‘a by NPS volunteer, Michael Szoenyi. #FindYourPark #dawnchorus #listen #rapidohialove
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Some great news to share on this first #AlohaFriday of 2018: Improvements to make the Mauna Loa Lookout wheelchair-friendly are complete, and the entire 11.2-mile Mauna Loa Road is now open to vehicles. The parking area and path to the Mauna Lookout shelter were reconstructed and repaved, and a new accessible vault toilet was installed. Visitors will also find an inviting new wheelchair-friendly picnic table and accessible parking stall. The Mauna Loa Lookout is perched at 6,662 feet, and provides panoramic views of Kīlauea volcano, old lava flows, and the ocean on clear days. The subalpine woodland includes koa, māmane and ‘ōhi‘a trees, and endemic bird species, including ‘i‘iwi. The octagonal shelter at the Lookout was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, and is an excellent example of the National Park Service rustic architectural style. Backcountry hikers utilize Mauna Loa Road and Lookout to access Pu‘u‘ula‘ula (Red Hill) and its cabin, Mauna Loa summit and cabin, and other sections of the challenging Mauna Loa Trail. Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays. Workers will begin to fix pot holes along Mauna Loa Road next week, but no closures are necessary. (A mahalo shout-out to our cheerful models Deborah & Fred!) NPS Photo/Janice Wei #FindYourPark #Accessibility #wheelchair #ADA
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Morning moonshine on Mauna Loa. Happy first Tuesday of the New Year, all! Who else saw the Super Moon setting on Mauna Loa this morning? NPS Volunteer Janice took this shot with her 400mm telephoto lens from Volcano House shortly after sunrise. #FindYourPark #rightplacerighttime #supermoon #HappyNewYear Photo credit/NPS Volunteer Janice Wei
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou, kākou! (Happy New Year everyone!) If you plan to visit the park on New Year's Eve, leave your fireworks behind. Fireworks are prohibited in the park, but you won’t miss them. The summit of Kīlauea continues to erupt and sets the dark sky aglow, and lava from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent continues to flow across the coastal plains. You heard that right: one volcano with two eruption sites! It’s a very busy time of year, especially at the summit (Jaggar Museum, Steam Vents, Kīlauea Visitor Center, Thurston Lava Tube). Please be patient and treat your fellow visitors and park staff with ALOHA. If you can time your visit to the summit before sunrise, or after 9 p.m., the park is far less crowded and we’re open 24 hours a day. #FindYourPark #HappyNewYear #2017 #2018 #beKind NPS Photos/Janice Wei
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Deb and Fred admire the view of Kīlauea volcano’s erupting summit from the Mauna Loa Lookout at 6,662 feet on this last #AlohaFriday of 2017. The park re-opened the Lookout after completing an upgrade to make the parking lot, Overlook shelter and toilet wheelchair friendly. #FindYourPark #ADA NPS Photo
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Enlighten yourself at Kahuku this morning during our monthly Coffee Talk, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Kahuku Unit Visitor Center. Friday’s Coffee Talk (12/29/17) is about a large pōhaku (stone) named Kane Pō at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This special lava rock, an accretionary lava ball, is from the Ka‘ū Desert and is on loan to the National Museum of the American Indian. It was shipped to D.C. for the dedication of the museum in 2004. Come learn about this pōhaku, and its role on the Mall. Keola Awong, former cultural anthropologist for the park and now the Kahuku Unit manager, will share her experience with the Kane Pō. Ka‘ū coffee, tea and pastries will be available for purchase. Entrance is free and so is the program! #FindYourPark #Kahuku #CoffeeTalk NPS Photos
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hawaiivolcanoesnps It was busy back in 1950, too! We found this gem in the Superintendent's report from 1950: "Parking area at Administration Building is often overcrowded." #ThrowbackThursday #FindYourPark #BeKind NPS Photo/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park archives
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Great news! Mauna Loa Road is open to the 6,662-foot Overlook. Workers have completed a project to improve accessibility, the parking area and restroom. This is a great place to beat the crowds during the busy holiday season (bring a sweater or light jacket – it’s cool at this elevation). Park visitation continues to soar this week and popular areas like Jaggar Museum, Kīlauea Visitor Center and Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) and their parking areas are very crowded. We urge visitors to have patience and understanding with each other and park staff – and explore the road less traveled. The Mauna Loa Lookout at 6,662 feet is an excellent vantage point for panoramic views of Kīlauea volcano, earlier lava flows, and the ocean. The subalpine woodland includes koa, māmane and ‘ōhi‘a trees that support endemic bird species, including ‘i‘iwi. The octagonal shelter at the Lookout was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, and is an excellent example of the National Park Service rustic architectural style. Mauna Loa Road is well worth exploring during peak hours, especially in good weather like we’re having today. Kīpukapuaulu offers an easy, forested hike, and the views and birdwatching are excellent along the way to the Mauna Loa Overlook at 6,662 feet. The turnoff to Mauna Loa Road is located off Highway 11 – before the main entrance of the park if you’re coming from Ka‘ū/Kona, or after the main entrance if you’re coming via Hilo. Let us know if you go and post a photo in the comments thread below! Photo/Jacob W Frank #FindYourPark #ShareAloha #BeKind #BeattheCrowds #MaunaLoa
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hawaiivolcanoesnps We hope you had a #Pele #Kalikmaka! #Repost @janice_weicool ・・・ Pele loves putting on a big show on Holidays. (Christmas Eve 2017) #Pele #Lavalake #Halemaumau #crater #Hawaii #Volcano #FindYourPark
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hawaiivolcanoesnps It's another extremely busy evening in your park. Please be kind to each other, be patient, and be prepared. The park is open 24 hours a day, so if the lava lake glow is calling you, consider coming after 9 p.m. or before sunrise. Click on the link in the comments thread for tips on a stress-free park visit during the busy festive season. NPS Photo/Janice Wei #FindYourPark #holidays #planahead
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Due to gusty, dangerous winds happening now, and heavy snowfall predicted tonight, the summit of Mauna Loa is closed to all backcountry travel past Pu‘u ‘Ula‘ula (Red Hill Cabin). This closure is also in effect from the summit trail reached from the Observatory. road #staysafe #winterweather #MaunaLoa Sign photo/Alex Sverdlov.
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Join us for a Pulumi Nī‘au Demonstration on Wednesday! The pulumi nī‘au (coconut broom) is a tool widely used in the Pacific. The coconut tree has myriad uses and is considered a “tree of life” by many cultures. In Hawai‘i, the importance of the coconut can be seen in the legend of Niuolahiki, whose name means “coconut of long life.” Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free, park entrance fees apply. When: Wed., Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai #FindYourPark #culturalpreservation NPS photo
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hawaiivolcanoesnps Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)! Your park is OPEN all day! And mahalo to all our staff, #parkpartners, and NPS #volunteers who are working this long holiday weekend. We appreciate you! NPS Photo #FindYourPark #Christmas #holidays #festive #joytotheworld #ohialove
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hawaiivolcanoesnps It's a great weekend to explore #Kahuku! The Kahuku Unit is about a 50-minute drive south of the main park entrance in the Ka‘ū District, and it's open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join a ranger-guided hike, or explore on your own. Last weekend, these families explored Pu‘u o Lokuana with Ranger Jessica and learned about Kahuku's wind patterns and clouds, and how Hawaiians read the clouds to interpret weather. The Kahuku Unit will be open for visitors on both Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, but no guided programs will be offered. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Entrance and all programs are free. #FindYourPark #GetOutside #ohana NPS Photo/Janice Wei
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