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Posted on May 17, 2018 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU —  Kids of all ages are invited to find their own adventure at the iconic Diamond Head State Monument, on “Kids to Parks Day,”  Saturday May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is included FREE with regular park admission*, and includes activities such as, scavenger hunts, hula hoop and jump rope contests, relay races, and guided nature tours (scheduled at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.), and a bring-your-own-kite event. 

Curt Cottrell, State Parks administrator, said, “Hiking up Diamond Head continues to be, and is increasingly, one of the must-do hiking experiences for Hawai‘i visitors and residents alike. As an iconic image and experience, Diamond Head is a unique geological and historical landscape and venue to expose kids to, and encourage their families to engage in an active lifestyle.”  

“The Division of State Parks has been working closely with Pacific Historic Parks and the National Park Trust to create and invite the public to participate in “Kids to Parks Day” at Diamond Head State Monument. This national event, proclaimed in the State of Hawai‘i by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Governor David Ige, is envisioned to connect children and their families with their local state and municipal parks. By engaging kids in parks to appreciate our public lands, our intent is to foster the next generation of park stewards, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, and STEM,” Cottrell added. 

Kids to Parks Day is the 8th annual, nationally-coordinated day designed to connect kids and families with their local, state and national parks.  More than a million people will take part in hundreds of national, state, and local parks, and public lands across the country.

By coordinating a wide array of park activities on a single day, Kids to Parks Day attracts new park goers and helps connect existing park enthusiasts with local organizations and government agencies to preserve our country’s public lands and waters. 

So come on out and celebrate this national day of outdoor play! Park admission is:  $1 per person walk-in, $2 per bicycle, and $5 per car. Carpooling is recommended, or take the bus and walk in.  

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To learn more about Kids to Parks Day: 

Diamond Head Kids to Parks Days –

Aloha Everyone! Join us for a fun-filled day of events, tours, and hiking at Diamond Head State Monument on May 19th from 9am-2pm! We will offer family-friendly activities like jump rope contests, relay races, scavenger hunts, and hula hooping!


Photos (credit DLNR) and posters (NPT) 



Media contact: 

Deborah Ward 

DLNR Communications specialist 

Phone: (808) 587-0320