Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to host free events amid eruptions, ash falls

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to host free events amid eruptions, ash falls
The Ranger hike at Kahuku forest is just one of several free hikes and events being offered by the national park this month. (Image: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park)

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - As eruptions, earthquakes, and hazardous gases inundate communities in lower Puna, several businesses and tourist spots have been financially affected in the fallout.

One of the operations closest to Kilauea's summit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has shut down two thirds of its operations since May 11 — about a week after eruptions began.

While most of the site is closed, park officials are offering several cultural programs, guided hikes and other events ranging in location from Kau to Hilo. Rangers are now offering several free programs for visitors at the park's Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus, and the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo.

These events will be offered from June 20 to June 26. Those wanting more information on the programs being offered, can go to the national park website.

Some of the events include viewing an 1868 lava flow, learning about ohia lehua and a geologic history of the creation of Kahuku.

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