In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will offer a fee-free weekend tomorrow and Sunday. National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the 655 million acres of forests, parks, refuges and open spaces that all citizens own. Discover maritime history and the lighthouse. Learn about native coastal plants and migratory seabirds. Public Lands Day is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate community support for the continued ownership, protection and restoration of public lands.
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will also celebrate Nene Awareness Day today. The day was officially declared Nene Awareness Day by Governor Linda Lingle in 2003 for the purpose of educating residents and visitors on the state bird.
Free guided hikes will be led by park rangers to Crater Hill. Reservations are required. Call 639-1388. The hike is moderately strenuous and starts at 9 a.m. These free hikes will continue to be offered starting Sept. 30 and are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays through National Wildlife Refuge Week which occurs Oct. 12 to Oct. 18.