Iconic Hotel At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Back On Track

A new concessionaire has been found to run the Volcano House lodge at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Rare Venus Transit Offers a Second Solar Spectacular for Park Sky Watchers in 2012

An upcoming solar eclipse may attract more attention, but some parks are also planning for visitors who would like to observe an even more unusual celestial event. The Venus Transit on June 5 will be a literal "last chance in your lifetime" occurrence.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park More Dangerous Than It Might Appear To the Unprepared

Despite the relaxed tropical connotations "Hawaii" might conjure, those who head to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park without preparing adequately for the trip could run into problems.

If You're In Hawaii, Check Out Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's Program On Volcanic Air Pollution

If you're lucky enough to be in Hawaii next week, swing by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Tuesday to learn about "natural" air pollution, the volcanic gases and other volcanic air pollution spewed from Kīlauea.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park To Be Celebrated On a 25-Cent Piece

Come August, you'll be able to comfortably place a volcano in your pocket.

100 Years Of Observing Volcanic Activity At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

For a century now researchers have been studying volcanic activity from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, a facility that has provided many insights into volcanoes and earthquakes in the Pacific.

Mystery Photo 40 Revealed: The Glow Plug

An object so brightly hued can't be nature, can it? It can, if you know where in the National Park System to look.

Spectacular Lava Show At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Nature's fireworks are on display at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where a stream of lava from Kīlauea’s is pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

NPS Director Jarvis Allows Parks To Ban Disposable Plastic Bottles

Those seemingly ubiquitous disposable plastic bottles, the ones that generated a storm of controversy over their proposed ban at Grand Canyon National Park, may now be banned by park superintendents nationwide.
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Looking At The National Park Service's Goal To Eliminate Plastic Bottles

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis is determined to rid plastic bottles from the national parks, but wants to consider all factors before doing so, the agency's communications chief said today while addressing the uproar over the director's decision to put a hold on a water bottle ban at Grand Canyon National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Officials Searching For Solution to Non-Native Animals

For more than 1,000 years non-native animals have called the forests of Hawaii home. But those animals -- pigs, deer, goats, and sheep -- are exacting a toll on the native flora and fauna, as well as the landscape, of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where officials are working to hone their strategies for removing the intruders.

National Park Quiz 98: Lakes

Take this quiz and see if you know as much about national park lakes as you think you do. Answers are at the end. You can peek if you feel the need.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Changing Landscape is the Only Constant

Change is constant, and magical, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here change is taking place right in front of you.

Latest Eruption at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Offering "Spectacular Evening Views"

Dramatic geologic events in recent days at Kīlauea volcano in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park have produced what park officials are describing at "spectacular" evening views of the current eruption.
What's the difference between a Hawaiian volcano and, for instance, Mount St. Helens? Watch this video from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and you'll learn.

National Park Quiz 94: Ringer IV

Nine of the first ten statements are true, but one is not. Can you tell which one is the ringer? You might want to try the two bonus questions too.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Proves Attractive Nesting Grounds For Unusual Turtle

Turtles nesting on the beaches of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not an unusual occurrence, although when the species in question is an olive ridley turtle the event generates significant attention.

Update: Kilauea's New Eruption Strengthens and Spreads

At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea's new eruption, now referred to as the Kamoamoa Eruption, has grown significantly in size and intensity.

Kilauea Eruption Prompts Closings at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A vigorous new eruption in Kilauea's east rift zone has prompted Hawaii Volcanoes officials to temporarily close some of the park's visitor use areas and facilities.

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.

By the Numbers: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes generates interesting statistics, not least because the park has the world's most active volcano, the planet's largest mountain, the longest continuously operating hotel in Hawaii, and other significant distinctions.

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.

Stamps Inspired By Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Debut on September 1

Come September 1 there will be another national park postage stamp to add to your collection. That's when the First Day Issue of the Nature of America: Hawaiian Rain Forest stamp comes out.

Monitoring The Sea Bed Below The National Parks of the Pacific Islands

While it's perhaps easier to monitor natural resources rooted in the earth in the national parks of the Pacific Islands, that doesn't mean those below the ocean's surface get ignored. This short video looks at some of those resources and explains how National Park Service researchers keep track of their health.

America's Great Outdoors: Your Chance to Speak Up

Are Americans losing touch with the rural side of life? Are we forgetting how pastoral settings appear and make us feel? President Obama fears so, and he's interested in your thoughts on how to get Americans reconnected with the "great outdoors."

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.