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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Events for November 2022

Military Veterans Gold Star Family Pass (NPS/J.Ferracane)

Free Veterans Day PLUS a new free pass! Entrance fees are waived for everyone at all paid national parks on Friday, November 11 to honor Americans who have served our country. Additionally, a new Interagency Lifetime Pass for Veterans and Gold Star Family will be available beginning on Veterans Day; the pass provides free lifetime access to over 2,000 federal recreation areas. Veterans with a valid ID and Gold Star families with a printed voucher can get their pass online or in person at the park entrance station. Information on accepted IDs for the Veterans Pass and a downloadable Gold Star Family voucher are available online.
When: friday november 11
Where: All paid national parks in the United States

Stewardship during the restoration of the rainforest at the summit. Volunteer to help remove invasive non-native plant species that are preventing native plants from growing in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, backpack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Accompaniment by a parent or guardian with written consent is required. Visit the park’s website for more details.
When: November 4, 12, 18 & 26. Meet at 8:45 a.m.
Where: Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at the Kīlauea Visitor Center on any of the dates above.

A walk down memory lane with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar. Travel back to 1939 and chat with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar at the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, actor Dick Hershberger brings the famous geologist to life. You’ll learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai on the day of the program. Supported by Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network.
When: Fridays November 4 and 18 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Each performance lasts approximately one hour.
Where: Meet at the Kīlauea Visitor Center

Birth of Kahuku. Explore Kahuku’s rich geological history. Drive through the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcanic formations including the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Discover the Kānāwai o Pele, the natural laws of land building that govern the realm of the volcano deity. This 1.5-mile, 90-minute hike is one of many ranger-led hikes and programs in Kahuku in November. Sturdy shoes, water, rain gear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended. Check the park calendar for more Kahuku events.
When: Saturday November 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Kahuku Visitor Contact Station. Kahuku is located in Ka’ū, a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Enter Kahuku on the mauka (inner) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5.

Birds, not mosquitoes! Populations of native Hawaiian forest birds have been severely depleted by avian diseases transmitted by non-native mosquitoes. There is hope and opportunity to use a common bacterium to reduce mosquito populations, break the cycle of disease, and allow forest birds to thrive. Birds, Not Mosquitoes is a collaboration of state, federal, and nonprofit organizations working together to implement this tool. Join Chris Farmer of the American Bird Conservancy and Evelyn Wight of The Nature Conservancy to learn more about this promising initiative. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes’ ongoing Kahuku Coffee Talk series.
When: Saturday November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Kahuku Visitor Contact Station

Master the quick death of ʻŌhiʻa.The rapid death of ʻŌhiʻa (ROD) has seriously affected ʻōhiʻa forests for a decade now, but we have learned a great deal about how the disease spreads, which forests are most vulnerable, and which forests are resilient. JB Friday, extension forester at the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ecologist Stacey Torigoe will provide an update on ROD and what we can do to protect and restore Hawaii’s forests. Part of Hawai’i Volcanoes’ After Dark in the Park series.
When: Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Aloha Rodeo with David Wolman.Join author David Wolman as he takes us back in time when three Hawaiian cowboys competed in the world’s largest rodeo. Arriving by steamboat, traveling by train and riding borrowed horses, these men held the audience on the edge of their seat while taking top honors at the 1908 Frontier Days rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Books on sale the evening of the program and signings to follow. Part of Hawai’i Volcanoes’ After Dark in the Park series.
When:Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m.
Where:Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Explore the summit and other Ranger-led walks. Experience Kīlauea Volcano on an easy 1-hour ranger-led walk offered daily. Other ranger-led programs may be offered; Check with the Kīlauea Visitor Center rangers for additional programs.
When:Explore the Summit is offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where:Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

All events are free, but entry fees may apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association. Programs may be changed or canceled without notice. Check the park’s website and calendar for more information.