Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i – National Park Service (NPS) visitation figures released today show that 1,583,209 people visited Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in 2013 – an increase of 6.7 percent from 2012 visitation statistics.
"We are pleased to again report an increase of visitors eager to enjoy Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site," said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. "The dual eruptions from Kīlauea, the numerous cultural and scientific programs offered, and the incredibly diverse, protected ecosystem of native plants and animals, continue to attract people from the mainland, around the world, and locally," she said.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year long. The 333,086-acre park stretches from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa – earth's most massive active volcano – at 13,677 feet, and encompasses seven ecological zones, 155 miles of trails and 66 miles of paved roadways. It is also home to Kīlauea, one of earth's most active volcanoes which is presently erupting from two locations: Halema'uma'u Crater at its summit (since 2008), and in the remote east rift zone from the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent (since 1983).
To see the complete list of recreational visitation to all 401 national park units, and other visitor-related statistics, visit https://irma.nps.gov/stats.
The new visitation figures come one week after NPS released its economic impact report from 2012, which revealed that 1,483,928 visitors to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park that year spent $113,376,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,353 jobs in the local area. To download the report, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.
Did You Know?
Polynesians from distant lands came to the shores of Hawai‘i over a thousand years ago. Sailing on large, double-hulled canoes, they navigated by using the position of the stars, the sun and the moon, by the movement of the waves and by the flight of the birds.