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Explore Puna Coast Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Dec. 11)

The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hosts its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11. This month’s 6-mile round-trip walk explores the Puna Coast Trail off of Chain of Craters Road. The walk is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Van Brocklin)

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The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes Park (FHVNP) hosts its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of FHVNP to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

Led by Nick Shema, this month’s 6-mile round-trip walk will explore the Puna Coast Trail off of Chain of Craters Road.

“Starting at the Pu‘u Loa Petroglyph Trail parking area, we will follow the Puna Coast Trail for approximately 3 miles (toward Apua Point),” Shema said.

“We’ll cross the 1971 and 1972 lava flows and have lunch overlooking the ocean while watching for whales. Then we’ll return via the same trail,” he added.

This moderately strenuous 6-mile round-trip hike will traverse hardened pahoehoe lava along a windswept, sun-soaked landscape. Hikers should be in good condition, able to do without shade all day in a remote, rugged area.

Participants should bring at least 3 quarts of drinking water, a bag lunch, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, and personal items (e.g., backpack, camera, binoculars, walking sticks, raingear, etc.). Long pants and gloves are recommended in the event of a fall onto hardened lava.

FHVNP’s “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the non-profit organization in order to attend.

Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits. Park entrance fees apply.

To register, contact Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes Park at 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org. For more information, visit www.fhvnp.org

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