Haleakala summit, Kipahulu to waive fees for park week

Haleakala National Park at the summit and in Kipahulu will be waiving entrance fees Saturday and Sunday as part of National Park Week.

The week runs from Saturday to April 27 and includes talks and hikes.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Laura Berthold of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will give a presentation about rare native birds at Hosmer Grove. She will be available in Hosmer Grove until 2:30 p.m. to provide bird-watching tips and to answer questions about bird ecology.

From 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, visitors can explore the first mile of the Supply Trail with park staff to learn more about the park’s history. Hikers should meet at the Supply Trailhead, along Hosmer Grove Road.

April 26 has been designated Junior Ranger Day, with Native Hawaiian cultural demonstrations, games and crafts in both districts. There also will be a guided family hike through Hosmer Grove from noon to 1 p.m.

Throughout the week, visitors can play National Park trivia games in all park visitor centers and participate in daily special talks, cultural demonstrations or hikes. Program times will be posted at park visitor centers and on the park website www.nps/hale.

For more information, call 572-4459 (summit) or 248-7375 (Kipahulu).