Families invited to explore HVNP during Halloween weekend

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park invites families to visit the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Halloween weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Rangers will safely provide each keiki a free ecology gift bag and a bingo card that helps families explore the park Halloween-style.

Park entrance fees apply, but families with fourth-graders get in free. Just complete the paper voucher at www.everykidoutdoors.gov and present it at the entrance station fee booth. The Every Kid Outdoors pass provides free access to fourth-grade students and those accompanying them to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas until the end of August 2021.

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Can’t make it Halloween weekend? Fourth-graders are eligible for the pass throughout the year.

The free eco gift bags are provided by the Ohia Love Fest and paid for by grants funded through the Rapid Ohia Death Working Group. They include the bingo exploration card and a rapid ohia death decontamination kit. ROD is a fungal disease that is killing ohia trees in the park and throughout Hawaii.

Families are encouraged to keep everyone healthy and recreate responsibly:

• Practice social distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.

• Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use your hand sanitizer.

• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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• If you feel sick, visit another day.

• Let wildlife be wild. Do not feed nene, the Hawaiian goose, and look out for them on roadways and in parking lots.

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