|Hikers on the 1868 Mauna Loa lava flow in Kahuku. With more than 1.2 million visitors coming to the Kīlauea entrance of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park last year, the park encourages visitation to less busy locations. NPS Photo by Janice Wei|
The statement pointed out that "While most visitors to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park limit their visit to the often-crowded summit of Kīlauea hoping to witness an eruption, the volatile history of Mauna Loa volcano is revealed in the park's uncrowded Kahuku Unit, located in Kaʻū."
The Kahuku entrance is an hour drive south of the park's main entrance, with eight hiking trails, a deep pit crater enrobed in native plants, and a 150-year ranching history. Rolling green puʻu (hills) intersect
|Kahuku VSC and ranch house from Puu o Lokuana.|
NPS Photo by B.Hayes
The park suggests additional less visited sites: "Another 'must-go' park, located about 100 miles from the main entrance of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, is Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site in Kawaihae. The massive heiau (temple) built by Kamehameha the First, his warriors and other kāne (men) is a monument to the beginning stages of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This is where Kamehameha sealed the fate of his Kaʻū cousin, Keōua Kūʻahuʻula, ending a bloody civil war. It is also where blacktip reef sharks cruise over a submerged heiau. A scenic stretch of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail starts just south of the heiau."
Kahuku and Puʻukoholā Heiau do not charge entrance fees. The $55 Hawaiʻi Tri-Park Pass provides access to three fee-charging parks in Hawaiʻi: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park and Haleakalā National Park on Maui. The tri-park pass is available at the participating parks' entrance stations and is valid for one year from the purchase date.
National Park Service 2021 visitation statistics for all parks are available on the NPS Visitor Use Statistics website. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 421 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
TULSI GABBARD IS BACK ON THE POLITICAL STAGE, named as a speaker at the next Conservative Political Action Conference, which starts Wednesday in Orlando, FL. CPAC is largely Republican and friendly to Pres. Donald Trump. Gabbard is a Democrat.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in 2013, with Kīlauea Military Camp
director Randy Hart and Capt. and Mrs. Justin Montgomery.
Gabbard gave the keynote address on Memorial Day.
Photo by David Howard Donald
|Stacy Higa received a sentence of almost|
four years in prison.
In addition to almost four years of incarceration, Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered three years of supervised release for Higa and repayment of $38,642 in restitution and an identical amount in a forfeiture money judgment. Higa will be required to perform 200 hours of community service.
The Inspector General of AmeriCorps, Deborah Jeffrey, said, "Stacy Higa exploited his position of trust to steal AmeriCorps funds from vulnerable communities and schemed to deny his neighbors money needed for pandemic relief.”
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