REPORT FROM THE PARK SERVICE – Hawaii National Park, HAWAI‘I – Today, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park turns 96 years old, and the park’s Centennial Anniversary is just four years away. Hawai‘i Volcanoes was the 15th park to join the National Park Service, which now has 397 national parks – including a total of eight in Hawai‘i.

Established on Aug. 1, 1916, the same year as the National Park Service itself was founded, Hawai‘i National Park, as it was called then, also comprised Haleakalā National Park on Maui. In 1961, Haleakalā became its own separate national park.

“There have been many positive changes and landmark events over the last 96 years at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “And this year, there are many special events to celebrate.”

On Aug. 27, the United States Mint will officially release the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park quarter, as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters Program®. But the first day anyone can get the quarter will be at a public ceremony and coin exchange Aug. 29, held at the park from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The evening before, on Aug. 28, the park will host a coin forum as an After Dark in the Park program, for coin enthusiasts and other interested members of the public. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium. Both events are free, but park entrance fees may apply.

This  year  also  marks  the  40th  anniversary  of UNESCO’s World Heritage Program,  and  the  25th  anniversary  of  the  1987 inscription of Hawai‘i Volcanoes  National  Park  as  a World Heritage Site. UNESCO designated the park  as  a World Heritage Site for its superlative attributes of universal value  important  to  the  common heritage of humanity – in particular, the biological,   cultural   and   geologic  resources  of  the  park.  Special commemorative events and presentations will soon be announced.

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