Founded on Aug. 1, 1916, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was the 15th national park established in the United States, and like Acadia National Park, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year along with the National Park Service itself, which turns 100 on Aug. 25, 2016. Hawai‘i Volcanoes comprises 333,086 acres from sea level to the summits and rift zones of two of earth’s most active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. The park shares the Hawaiian culture closely linked to the landscape, and protects the native environment that provides vital habitat for an array of endemic and endangered plant and animal species.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to celebrate its centennial throughout 2016. Visitors can participate in the monthly Centennial After Dark in the Park & Hike series that continues through December; sign up for a rare trek into the most ornate and fragile lava caves left in Hawaii; explore the Kahuku Unit and trails on a ranger-guided hike; explore the park on one of 19 fee-free days in 2016, and much more. Check the park’s centennial page on the park website for more information.