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New Hours at Jaggar Museum and Kīlauea Visitor Center

January 26, 2015

Effective immediately, Jaggar Museum in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Kīlauea Visitor Center is also open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association bookstores within both visitor facilities have the same hours.

The new hours address periods of peak visitation, and enable the park to keep both centers open seven days a week. The park itself will remain open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Junior Rangers

Ranger Dean swears in a new group of eager Junior Rangers at Kīlauea Visitor Center. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Visitors who arrive before operational hours at Jaggar Museum and Kīlauea Visitor Center are encouraged to enjoy the view of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit eruption from the outdoor observation deck adjacent to Jaggar Museum, or at other vantage points along Crater Rim Trail. Popular places like ‘Ākanikōlea (Steam Vents), Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), and Kīlauea Iki Trail are often best enjoyed before 9 a.m. when the park is not as busy.

Life on the Edge

The popular Life on the Edge talk, offered daily at Jaggar Museum outdoor observation deck. NPS Photo/Janice Wei.

Free, ranger-guided programs originate at both Jaggar Museum and the Kīlauea Visitor Center. At Jaggar Museum, visitors can enjoy daily “Life on the Edge” ranger talks at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to learn about the current eruption from Halema‘uma‘u Crater and Kīlauea Volcano’s eruptive nature. At Kīlauea Visitor Center, “Explore the Summit” walks are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the daily “How it All Started” geology talk is presented daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All other activities for the day are posted after the visitor centers open.

KVC

Kīlauea Visitor Center. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi.

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