2024 NP Week Events at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Open your April calendar and get ready for a collection of engaging events at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This includes a day without fees to celebrate the beginning of National Park Week, family-oriented activities, opportunities to volunteer, an artist-in-residence showcasing fine-feathered artwork, and much more!

All activities are free of charge, though regular park entrance fees may apply. Various programs receive support from the National Parks Arts Foundation, Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Please note, programs might be subject to modifications or cancellations without prior notice. For up-to-date information, refer to the park calendar.

Discover the artistry of Rick San Nicholas, April’s artist-in-residence, who is a renowned master in ancient Hawaiian featherwork, specializing in the creation of the ʻahu ʻula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet), symbols of high status in ancient Hawaiʻi’s chiefly aliʻi class. Attend his demonstration to witness the meticulous and awe-inspiring process of traditional Hawaiian featherwork. This event is part of the After Dark in the Park series and is in collaboration with the National Parks Arts Foundation and Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. While the event is free, standard park entrance fees will be in effect.

  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

National Park Week Activities:

Embark on the Summit Adventure, a family-friendly role-playing quest on a fee-free day to start National Park Week with enthusiasm! Collect your adventure pack at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai and follow the clues to activity stations close to the visitor center. Overcome the challenges and roll the dice to advance your quest. Successfully complete the journey and return to the welcome tent to receive your prize.

  • When: Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Begin and end at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai – Absolutely FREE!

Kahuku Coffee Talk focuses on The Pit Crater and its Ancient Rainforest, revealing the wonders of the Kahuku unit’s grand pit crater, surrounded by a dense native forest that transports you back to ancient times. Learn from David Benitez, a former park ecologist, about the diverse plant species discovered during expeditions into the crater, including many that are rare and endangered, and how these findings contribute to the park’s restoration efforts. Enjoy the local Kaʻū coffee available for purchase.

  • When: Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Where: Kahuku Visitor Contact Station

Hoku: Beneath the Hawaiian Moon promises an enlightening evening under the stars. Join astronomer Emily Peavy for a captivating session that includes Hawaiian constellations, moon phases, and a chance to witness the Lyrids meteor showers. This event is filled with telescope viewing, engaging presentations, and, if the weather permits, an incredible view of the full moon. Make sure to dress warmly for this nighttime adventure.

  • When: Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

National Park Volunteer Opportunities:

Participate in the Stewardship at the Summit Rainforest Restoration, contributing to the removal of invasive species that hinder the growth of native plants in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Gear up with sturdy shoes, long pants, and pack essentials like a hat, rain gear, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. Minors require a parent or guardian’s presence and written consent. For more information, visit the park’s website.

  • When: April 5, 13, 19, and 27, starting at 8:45 a.m.
  • Where: Meet leaders Paul and Jane Field at the Kīlauea Visitor Center

Disclaimer:This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on March 8, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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