National Parks Celebrate 100 Years with Free Entrance Days in 2016

By Hawaii.com Team
Volcanoes National Park.  Photo:  Nami R., Hawaii.com Member.

Volcanoes National Park. Photo: Nami R., Hawaii.com Member.

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016, and so does Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. To celebrate, all national parks will waive entrance fees on 16 special days in 2016, and Hawaii Volcanoes will offer one additional fee-free day Aug. 1, 2016, its 100th birthday. That’s right! Free National Parks entrance in 2016.

Hawaii Has Three National Parks

Photo:  Crista M., Hawaii.com Member.

Photo: Crista M., Hawaii.com Member.

The three National Parks in Hawaiʻi offering free entrance days are (1) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaiʻi Island, (2) Puʻuhonua o Honaunau on Hawaiʻi Island, and (3) Haleakala National Park on Maui.

17 Free National Parks Entrance Days in 2016:

Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

April 16-24, National Park Week (nine fee-free days)

Aug. 1, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 100th birthday

Aug. 25-28, National Park Service Birthday Weekend (four fee-free days)

Sept. 24, National Public Lands Day

Nov. 11, Veterans Day

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Predates the NPS

Volcanoes National Park.  Photo:  Cheryl J., Hawaii.com Member.

Volcanoes National Park. Photo: Cheryl J., Hawaii.com Member.

In 2016, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will celebrate 100 years of connecting people to, and caring for, the extraordinary landscape, native plants and animals and Hawaiian culture linked with Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (founded August 1, 1916) predated the establishment of the National Park Service (August 25, 1916) as well as Hawaii’s Statehood (August 21, 1959).

Visit the park’s centennial web page to see what special events are in store for the entire year.

Normal Park Fees

Haleakala National Park.  Photo:  Malcolm N., Hawaii.com Member.

Haleakala National Park. Photo: Malcolm N., Hawaii.com Member.

Usually, National Parks of Hawaii have the following entrance fees:

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
$15.00 per vehicle – good for 7 days

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
$15.00 per vehicle – good for 3 days

PUUHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
$5.00 per vehicle – good for 7 days
$3.00 per individual – good for 7 days

Park visitors also can purchase the annual tri-park pass for $25 and enjoy Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Haleakala National Park for less than 7 cents a day. The annual tri-park pass, which is good for one year from the date of purchase, is available at the entrance stations of all three parks.

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