Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Raising Entrance And Camping Fees

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park officials say they will incrementally increase entrance and camping fees over the next three years to fund deferred maintenance and improvement projects within the park, and to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities.
Facing Extinction: The world Is there a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker anywhere? There hasn't been a well-documented sighting since 1987, yet it still hasn't officially been declared extinct, giving hope to countless birders that they might yet spot this large, striking bird.

Some Costa Rican Politicians Want To Tap Energy Within National Parks

What would you think if the state of Washington cast its eyes on the volcanic furnace room of Mount Rainier National Park to help supply its energy? Or if Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho's lawmakers decided they should tap Yellowstone National Park's geothermal hot spot to generate power?

Tri-Park Pass Lets You Enjoy Three Hawaiian National Park Gems

For less than seven cents a day, visitors can enjoy Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park by purchasing the annual tri-park pass, which is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Haleakalā Silversword Plant Could Be Doomed By Climate Change

Climate change continues to hover over various iconic aspects of the National Park System -- the glaciers in Glacier National Park, Joshua Trees at Joshua Tree National Park, and now perhaps the Haleakalā silversword plant at Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii.

Exploring The Parks: Haleakala National Park

Looking for a new adventure? Where better to find one than on a gorgeous Hawaiian island?

One Pass Gains You Entry to Three National Park Units In Hawaii

Residents of Hawaii, or mainland travelers who visit the islands frequently each year, can find a bargain in a "TriPark Pass" being sold for entry into Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau, and Haleakala national park entrance stations.

False Killer Whales of the Hawaiian Islands Could Be Listed As Endangered Species

An unusual population of whales -- the false killer whales that live in the waters around the Hawaiian islands -- could gain Endangered Species Protection due to its dwindling population.

Creature Feature: The Hawaiian Petrel ('Ua'u ) Has a Problem with Artificial Light

Haleakala National Park and other Hawaiian sites provide nesting habitat for the Hawaiian petrel, an endangered pelagic bird that faces many hazards, including the perilous flight that fledglings must make from nest to sea.

Want to Escape the Cold? Winter is a Great Time to Visit These Desert and Coastal Parks

For some park travelers, winter trips conjure up images of snow-covered landscapes, but for others the season means sun and sand. Here are some suggestions for NPS sites where milder winter weather offers a fine time to enjoy parks that are just too toasty or buggy for most of us during the summer.

Think Death Valley Is Parched? This Year It's Twice as Wet As Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Mention "Death Valley" and often those words conjure images of hot, blistering sands and no water. Mention "Hawaii" and lush tropical forests and wave-washed shores come to mind. Well, so far this year Death Valley National Park has received twice as much rain as Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site in Hawaii.

Understanding Birds on Pacific Islands National Parks, The Video

For a quick primer on issues confronting birds on the national parks in the Pacific Ocean, take five-and-a-half minutes to watch this video.

National Parks of Pacific Islands Offers One Great Website

Getting to Hawaii and the national parks that dot the Pacific Ocean is no easy task. But you can get some great information and virtually visit the parks by following the National Parks of the Pacific Islands' website.

Haleakala Visitor Deaths Yield $5 Million Settlement

In 2003, a flash flood swept two Haleakala National Park visitors over a waterfall to their deaths. The victims’ family sued, and the federal government has agreed to a no-fault settlement with a $5 million payout.

Updated: Parks in Hawaii Prepare for Tropical Storm Felicia

Hawaii Volcanoes NP scene.
NPS sites in Hawaii are preparing for the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Felicia later today. Backcountry trails and campsites and other areas have been closed at two parks, and visitors should check on current conditions before planning a visit.

Tourist Traffic At Hawaiian National Parks Way Down This Year

With fuel prices up, airfares up, and incomes stagnant if not down, is it any surprise that visitation to national parks on the Hawaiian Islands is down quite a bit this year?

Fall At Haleakala National Park Kills Man And The Horse He Was Riding

An investigation is under way into the deaths of a man and horse that fell off a cliff inside the crater at Haleakala National Park.

Second Round of National Park Service "Centennial Projects" Produces $27 Million Worth of Improvements

Rehabilitation projects, invasive species eradication and biodiversity research were among the $27 million worth of Centennial Initiative projects for the National Park System announced Tuesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and NPS Director Mary Bomar.
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Hawaii’s National Parks Are Attracting Fewer Visitors

Hawaii’s national parks are attracting fewer visitors than last year. As of July, attendance tallies were down nearly 10% for the year and showing signs of getting worse, especially at the parks located furthest from the main tourism/convention hub at Honolulu.

Native Hawaiians Don’t Want a Giant Telescope on Their Sacred Mountaintop at Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park celebrates its 92nd birthday on July 1. Meanwhile, angry Hawaiian Natives continue their struggle to prevent the construction of a giant telescope atop their sacred mountain. The Park Service doesn’t like the project either.

Cycling at Haleakala National Park Given "High Risk" Rating

Haleakala Bike Tour; 'neofunkboy' via Flickr.
Bike riding can be as dangerous as climbing Mount Rainier or horseback riding in the Rockies? That's the preliminary finding by a National Park Service team that assessed the risk of commercial cycling at Haleakala National Park.

Park History: How Volcanics Sculpted Parts of the National Park System

Talk volcanoes and national parks and folks usually think of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and perhaps Lassen Volcanic National Park. In truth, though, there are at least 13 units of the national park system that have a volcanic past in some form or fashion.

Haleakala National Park Officials Institute Moratorium on Bike Tours

Haleakala Bike Tour; 'neofunkboy' via Flickr.
Officials at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii have decided, in the wake of the death of a woman last week, that more time is needed to review commercial biking tours in the park.

Haleakala National Park Officials Call For Safety Summit For Bicyclists

In the past year, three bicyclists have died in Haleakala National Park while descending from the park's summit. The latest death, that of a 65-year-old Ohio woman, occurred earlier this week when she ran into a bicycle company's van.

Park Service Pays $2 million To Settle Negligence Suit Out of Haleakala NP

Over the past five years the National Park Service has paid more than $4 million as the result of lawsuits following drownings at a popular swimming area in Haleakala National Park. After the most recent payment, of $2 million, the Park Service moved to adopt safety measures at Seven Sacred Pools.