KAHUKU, Hawaii – The Kahuku Unit in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is now open on Fridays.
The extra day allows another day for the public to explore the trails, scenery, and historical ranching features within the 116,000-acre unit in Ka‘ū. The unit had already been open on weekends.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park held a free open house for the public on Veterans Day, complete with keiki activities, ranger-guided hikes, traditional hula, Hawaiian music, and educational and cultural displays. Rangers shared the history of the land, which was once a thriving ranch. The park service shared some video taken during the event.
Ka‘ū veteran Iwao Yonemitsu, 94, was honored for his service in the 442nd battalion during World War II during the open house event.
Today, Kahuku provides important habitat for native plants and animals, and offers five hiking trails, the park service says. Free ranger-guided programs are available on weekends, or visitors can explore on their own.