Do you hate crowds? Skip them with HVNP’s New Self-Guided Vacation Tour

December 24, 2021, 12:00 p.m. HST
* Updated December 23 at 2:09 p.m.

Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on a crowded vacation isn’t a walk in the park. Congestion can turn anyone into a Grinch, but don’t let large crowds seeking a glimpse of nature delight your holiday spirit. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park invites you to avoid the stress and come holoholo alone, with friends, or with family, to lesser-known and uncrowded destinations in the park.

The Hawaiian word holoholo means cruise, walk, ride, or sail; go out for fun, and hang out. “Holoholo for the Holidays” is a self-guided program to help the new or long-time visitor discover (or rediscover) diverse and inspiring park landscapes, away from the crowded peak of Kīlauea.

This new self-guided “Holoholo for the Holidays” program is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Download the NPS app and search for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Save the park for offline use. Click Holoholo for Vacation on the front page.

2. Pick up your certificate from Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai or print it yourself from the park website. Hike or visit at least four of the five suggested sites anytime through January. Participate in the activities of each site through the NPS app. Write a reflection on your certificate that describes your experience.


3. Sign and bring your certificate to the bookstore inside the KÄ«lauea Visitor Center for a free gift and in-store discount.


Visiting these regions, being in the present moment and practicing aloha ‘āina (love of the earth) will certainly give everyone the spirit of the holidays.

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