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National Parks celebrate 101st tomorrow, fees waived

In celebration of its 101st anniversary, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to more than 400 of its parks across the U.S. on Friday.

Admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as well as Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park in Kona and Haleakala National Park on Maui will be free on Friday.

Usually, 118 of the 417 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $30. The fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for camping, boat launches, transporation or special tours.

“From New York to Topeka to Honolulu and places in between, parks are in all corners of the United States and four U.S. territories,” said acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds in a press release. “Our 101st birthday is the perfect time to explore parks and stories that may be new to you — whether it’s a park in your community or across the country.”

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation also invite the public to share their stories and experiences by posting a haiku, or a Japanese verse in three lines, on social media with #Parks101. A special Parks 101 content series will highlight lesser-known parks, stories and experiences with the same hashtag.

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