The best thing’s in life are free, right?

Once a year, national parks get a week in their honor called National Park Week (April 21 to 29). For Hawaii visitors, that means fees will be waived at three of the island parks. These include Maui’s Haleakala National Park and the the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park on the Hawaii Island.

Hawaii Volcanoes usually offers ranger-led hikes and other programs during this week, including a difficult hike into Kipukaakihi in Kahuku. Among the most popular events at the Hawaii Island park is the After Dark in the Park program, featuring the park’s endemic flowering plants.

Throughout the country, there are more than 400 designated national parks – from historical parks to historical trails and monuments. However, about half of those parks do not charge entrance fees. In Hawaii, admission is always free at the following parks:

Hawaii Island: Kaloo-Honokohau National Historical Park, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, Puukohola Heiau

Molokai: Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Oahu: World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Luckily for visitors, there are actually more freebie dates throughout the year. These include National Park Service’s birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28) and Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 9 to 11).


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