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Haleakala National Park offers free entrance Saturday

The Maui News

Haleakala National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday to kick off National Park Week, which runs through April 25, the park announced.

Entrance fees will be waived for both residents and visitors. Sunrise reservations are still required from 3 to 7 a.m. and can be placed at recreation.gov. The Kipahulu District will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During National Park Week, the park will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday with activities in the Summit District from 11 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. outside the Haleakala Visitor Center at 9,740 feet and at Hosmer Grove from 12 to 1 p.m.

Keiki can also participate in special junior ranger activities, including learning how to protect native nene, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 in the Summit District on the lawn of the Headquarters Visitor Center. All fourth graders can obtain free national park passes by visiting www.everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm before picking up their free pass at the park. Passes for fourth grade students are for the 2020-21 school year and expire Aug. 31.

Daily drop-in programs are also available in the Kipahulu District from 1 to 3 p.m., allowing park visitors to practice ‘Olelo Hawai’i with a park ranger or learn about Polynesian migration and Hawaiian practices of today.

Virtual tours of the park and virtual Earth Day and junior ranger programs can also be accessed online at www. nps.gov/hale/learn/index.htm.

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