Summit walk with Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Sunday (Jan 8)

The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hosts its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on January 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Photo courtesy of Bruce Van Brocklin

The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hosts its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on January 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Photo courtesy of Bruce Van Brocklin


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Join the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park (FHVNP) for a “Sunday Walk in the Park” on January 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of FHVNP to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

Led by Nick Shema, this month’s 3.5-mile round-trip walk explores the summit area of the park.

“Hike through rain forest rich with native plant and bird life, watch volcanism in action at Steam Vents and Steaming Bluff, plus smell the volcanic gases and see the multi-colored mineral deposits at Sulphur Banks,” said Shema.

“Along the way, get great views of Mauna Loa, Pele’s home at Halema’uma’u Crater, and Kilauea Caldera, one of the most active volcanoes on earth.”

Starting and ending at the Kilauea Visitor Center, the walk follows Crater Rim Trail to Byron Ledge Trail, Halema‘uma‘u Trail, ‘Iliahi Trail, and Sulphur Banks Trail.

The experience is rated easy to moderate, with a total of 3.5 miles of hiking and descents/ascents of 400’. Be prepared for the base 4,000’ elevation as well as for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy.

FHVNP’s “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the non-profit organization in order to attend. Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits.

To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park at 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org For more information, visit www.fhvnp.org Park entrance fees apply.

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