Open Mic Night: 1st Wednesdays of the Month 6pm-10pm at the Lava Lounge

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public throughout 2017.

ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:



Come play kōnane, an ancient Hawaiian game of strategy! Kōnane is a game reminiscent of checkers, and was once played by all classes of people throughout Hawai‘i. It has become popular again today, and takes great thought and strategy to master. Come test your skills against your friends! Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.


When: Wed., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

June 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. It proved to be a turning point of the War in the Pacific. Though the battle itself was waged hundreds of miles out to sea, a tiny atoll halfway between America and Japan played a critical role. Today that atoll is a national wildlife refuge, conserving a dazzling assortment of wildlife and habitat. Join us today and every day as we honor the service of our veterans, their sacrifices, and the wildlife they helped preserve.

Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., May 30 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Island youth listen as Ranger Noah explains how shards of volcanic glass, called Pele’s Hair, are formed.

Photo credit: NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Free Summer Junior Ranger Programs begin June 6 and June 13

Deadline to register is noon, Wednesday, May 17

Hawaii National Park, HI – Keiki from ages seven to 13 years old are invited to become “Next Generation Stewards” in the free summer junior ranger program through Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. A fun-filled, three-day program for keiki ages seven to 10 is June 6-8, and a program for youngsters ages 11 to 13 is June 13-15.

Each age group begins Tuesday and ends on Thursday. For the first two days, “Next Generation Stewards” begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. On the last day (Thursday), the program begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. The programs will start and end at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai.

The summer junior ranger program is designed to encourage a child’s enthusiasm for conservation by connecting the child with park resources and staff, and to inspire his or her appreciation of what is uniquely Hawaiian by exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i.

Participants must bring and be able to carry their own day pack with water, snacks, lunch, and raingear, and hike for age-appropriate distances over uneven terrain at a leisurely pace. All interested applicants must submit an application to register. Contact Education Specialist Gwen “Lanakila” Anderson at (808) 985-6020 or email <>  for information and an application.

Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, May 17, and selections will be made, and parents notified, on May 18.

The summer “Next Generation Stewards” junior ranger program is co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply.