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Disasters, breakdowns bring national park visitors down, 10 tiny home homeless villages proposed, plastic ban advances, money in Honolulu City Council race, Maui jail riot highlights overcrowding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

After the eruption, visitors at Kilauea volcano ©2019 All Hawaii News Parks losing traction with visitors. The latest visitation statistics released by the National Park Service show that 2018 was a particularly challenging year for some of the state’s busiest tourist attractions, with associated park economies taking a hit. Star-Advertiser.Bottles, utensils and bags: Lawmakers are coming for your single-use plastics. An ambitious measure that would institute a broad ban on single-use pla...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kilauea, EMS, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Josh Green, State, Honolulu, Legislature, U S Geological Survey, West Hawaii, Wailuku


Big raises for state officials, cost of living a concern in poll, Big Island hikes general excise tax, many months before lava victims get to go home, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2019 All Hawaii News Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs. The commission proposed that the governor’s salary would increase from $158,700 to $189,480 by 2024. Top agency executives, such as the attorney general, would see their wages increase from $154,812 to $188,400 during the same time period. The salaries of  state representatives and senators would rise from $62,604 to $83,052. Civil Beat.Advocates urge larger minimum wage hike. The Senate Co...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Hawaii, House, Kilauea, Council, Boeing, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Department Of Education, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature


Visit Indiana Dunes National Park

A whopping 330 million nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world visited US national parks in 2017. This summer, visitors will have a new park to explore, and they’ll have to venture to Indiana to get the newest stamp on their national parks passport. The National Park Service welcomed Indiana Dunes National Park to its roster on February 15, making it the country’s 61st national park. Just 50 miles from Chicago, the park is doable as a day trip or a multi-day adventure....
Tags: Travel, US, America, Indiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, All, National Park Service, Midwest, Lake Michigan, Mount Baldy, West Beach, O Hare, Indiana Dunes, Anna Westman Shutterstock, Indiana travel


Hawaii mulls road usage charge, sanctuary bill dies in Legislature, economic growth slowdown predicted, Maui jail riot likely caused by overcrowding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii road ©2019 All Hawaii News Hawaii transportation officials consider swapping gas tax for road-use charge. The state Department of Transportation wants the public to weigh in on the concept of a road usage charge to fund the upkeep of state roads and bridges, and is holding 14 community meetings about the possibilities in the next few months. Star-Advertiser.Public Meetings Scheduled For Potential Road Usage Charge. The state Department of Transportation will be holding community me...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, Bill, City Council, Department Of Transportation, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Hilton Garden Inn, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Mauna Kea


Everest climbers carry own waste

It’s difficult to comprehend that the outdoors experts who climb or attempt to climb Mount Everest are also responsible for trashing the place with litter and poop. According to a report by The Washington Post in 2015, sherpas remove around 26,000 pounds of human excrement from Everest each season. A BBC report drawn from a statement by the Tibetan authorities supports these findings, revealing that three clean-up operations last spring resulted in the collection of eight tons of waste, inclu...
Tags: Travel, UK, Yosemite, China, Bbc, Everest, Falkland Islands, Antarctica, The Washington Post, Mount Everest, All, National Park Service, Fodor, El Capitan, Antarctic Survey, Climbing Mount Everest


Hawaii's best beaches, plastic ban advances, USS Arizona reopening delayed, Maui mayor hires rejected department heads, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki beach ©2019 All Hawaii News Seven locations in Hawaii are among the top 25 beaches in the United States, according to TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards, but Florida put 10 on the list and claimed the No. 1 spot. Star-Advertiser.Seven Hawaii beaches named 'Best in the U.S.' Travel website TripAdvisor came out with it's 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards for beaches. KITV.On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means committee passed SB522, which calls for an outright ban of single-us...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Senate, United States, Hawaii, Tripadvisor, Kilauea, Lanai, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, National Park Service, Legislature, Goode, Louis, Oahu


Two species thought to be extinct re-discovered + Dolphins get high on purpose

Two species, both thought to be extinct, recently re-discovered in Indonesia and Ecuador Cue Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies.” A single female Wallace’s giant bee, feared extinct for 38 years, was discovered on the Indonesian island of the North Moluccas last week. The world’s largest bee, four times the size of a honeybee, was found living inside a termite’s nest in a tree. The bee’s habitat is threatened by deforestation, and its size makes it a target for collectors. Another species...
Tags: Beyonce, News, Indonesia, Animals, Environment, Sport, Dolphins, Bbc, Unesco, Cycling, National Parks, Arizona, Ecuador, Grand Canyon, Extinct, National Park Service


Possible radiation at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon might be one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and an incredible tourist attraction, but it seems that there’s something pretty disturbing going on at the park’s museum collection building. Apparently, three five-gallon plastic buckets brimming with uranium ore were stored in the building between the year 2000 and June 18, 2018. According to the New York Times, “About 550 people tour the collections each year, mostly by appointment.” The radioactive material was only d...
Tags: Travel, New York Times, Radiation, Grand Canyon, All, National Park Service, National Parks Service, Emily Davis, Stephenson, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Arizona Department of Health Services, OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Geiger, ELSTON, Grand Canyon Radiation


Yosemite’s “firefall” on in February

There’s a lot of eye-catching scenery at Yosemite National Park, but for two weeks in February, the famous “firefall” will put them all to shame. Horsetail Fall is a small waterfall located on the eastern edge of the El Capitan mountain in the Yosemite Valley. Every year, from mid to late February, when the fall is flowing, it takes a beautiful and bright orange glow at sunset. The striking phenomenon gives the impression that lava is flowing down the mountain. For a true firefall to take ef...
Tags: Travel, Yosemite, All, National Park Service, El Capitan, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite Valley, Horsetail Fall, Glacier Point, Yosemite Firefall, Firefall, Yosemite Falls Parking Area, Glacier Point Hotel


8 epic things to do on South Padre

T exas has it all: world-class cities, historic monuments, beautiful mountains, and a one-of-a-kind culture. “What about the beaches?” you ask. Yeah, there are plenty of those too, but there’s only one name you need to know: South Padre Island. Here, you’ll find a beach town chock-full of action sports, live music, incredible seafood, immersive nature experiences, and the most serious beach-goers in the region. It’s the perfect place for a family vacation, a long-weekend escape, a girls’ getaw...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Things To Do, Dubai, Island, Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Golfing, Beaches, Birding, All, Trip Planning, National Park Service, Gulf, South Padre Island, Outdoor Adventures


LGBTQ landmarks

From the very first queer magazine to significant protests for LGBTQ freedom of expression, there are a number of buildings around the United States that are still standing as testaments to the history of the LGBTQIA+ community. Though it seems now like a world so far out of our grasp, there was once a time when members of the queer community could not even assemble for a few beers in peace. In fact, in a not-so-distant past, “social justice” did not appear to be in the realm of possibility f...
Tags: Travel, California, Washington, Germany, Lgbt, New York City, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, United States, Washington Dc, Columbia University, Lgbtq, Jackson, Truman Capote


Martin Luther King’s house to open

The home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., located in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, is about to be open to the public for the first time ever. The brick house, where he moved to in 1965 with his wife Coretta Scott King and his children, is now officially the property of the National Park Service, and will eventually be part of the broader Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. Photo: Katie Bricker Photography for the National Park Foundation The National Park Fou...
Tags: Travel, Atlanta, Mlk, Martin Luther King, King, Martin Luther King Jr, All, National Park Service, Atlanta Georgia, Coretta Scott King, National Park Foundation, Bernice A King, Vine City, MLK Jr


Joshua Tree National Park vandalism

Vandals have been chopping down protected trees in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park during the government shutdown, so they can go four-wheeling across the sensitive desert landscape, said the National Park Service (NPS). A photo of a downed Joshua tree taken by the NPS went viral after it was posted on Tuesday, prompting calls for the park to be shut down. The park has remained open during the government shutdown, but the lack of staff has meant people have been able to enter...
Tags: Travel, News, Government Shutdown, Southern California, National Park Service, Nps, Joshua, Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Trees, National Park Service NPS, Joshua tree vandalism, Joshua Tree National Park Facebook, Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement


Joshua Tree National Park closing due to shutdown problems

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close this week so officials can address damage and sanitation problems that have occurred during the partial federal government shutdown. The National Park Service says the closure set for 8 a.m. Thursday follows incidents of off-road driving and destruction of the park’s […]
Tags: Travel, News, Ap, Nation, National Park Service, Joshua Tree National Park, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK Calif


Travel News: January 8, 2019

National Park Service tapping into entrance fees to keep operating Travel Weekly The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. He acknowledged that the Trump administrat...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Tsa, Newark, Iceland, United, National Park Service, News And Deals, Daniel Smith, Trump, Dunkin' Donuts, Travel Weekly The National Park Service, United Launches Boeing, Kringlan


Man dies in Yosemite during shutdown

National parks might not be fully operational during the government shutdown, but that isn’t stopping people from visiting them and injuring themselves while doing so. On Christmas Day, a man died after he fell into a river in Yosemite National Park, just three days into the government shutdown. Andrew Muñoz, supervisory public affairs officer for the National Park Service, told Outside that the park’s emergency center received a 911 call about a male visitor with a head injury above Nevada F...
Tags: Travel, News, Yosemite, National Parks, Government Shutdown, National Park Service, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Andrew Munoz, Nevada Fall `` Medical


Travel News: December 28, 2018

2 hospitalized after heavy turbulence on American flight USA TODAY A passenger and a flight attendant were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight hit heavy turbulence and was diverted to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday night. Flight 5781, an American Eagle flight operated by Mesa Airlines, landed safely in Texas after encountering weather issues, American Airlines told USA TODAY.   Royal Caribbean Issues Crime Warning in Nassau, Bahamas Travel Pulse Royal Caribbean has ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Texas, Toronto, San Francisco, Philadelphia, The New York Times, American Eagle, Royal Caribbean, Pittsburgh, American Airlines, National Park Service, News And Deals, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Nassau Bahamas, Strip District


National Park Service buys MLK Jr’s birth home

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Park Service has bought the home in Atlanta, Georgia, where Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929. Citing a National Park Foundation release, news outlets report the civil rights leader’s family has owned the home on Auburn Avenue for more than a century and closed the sale last month […]
Tags: Travel, News, Atlanta, Ap, Martin Luther King Jr, National Park Service, Atlanta Georgia, Jr, Auburn Avenue, National Park Foundation, Nation & World, The National Park Service


Places saved by conservation efforts

It’s easy to get down about endangered animals and at-risk heritage sites, but it’s also important to remember the efforts being made around the world to conserve our natural and cultural wonders, especially when things seem bleak. From successful rewilding in the wetlands of South America to restoration wins following natural disasters in Asia, these seven conservation efforts open up a world of new travel possibilities. But, before you start planning your next year’s worth of vacations, con...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Yosemite, Eu, Unesco, Conservation, Nepal, Brazil, Argentina, Myanmar, South America, Pompeii, Botswana, All, National Park Service


Free entry to US national parks

If your 2019 resolutions include visiting more US national parks, get your planner out. The National Park Service just announced its entry-free dates for the upcoming year. There are five days in total, during which all of the country’s 418 national parks can be visited at no cost. The waiver only applies to entry fees, and not to other associated park or activity fees such as camping, boating, transportation, or tours. Here are the five entry-free days for 2019: January 21st, 2019 (Martin ...
Tags: Travel, US, America, United States, National Parks, All, National Park Service, US National Parks, America's national parks, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park You


The best national park webcams

If you’re stuck indoors this winter or bored at work and have already binged through all the classic nature documentaries, we’ve got your outdoor and wildlife fix covered. All across the US, the National Park Service hosts a collection of livestream webcams allowing you to virtually visit your favorite national park in real time. From watching Alaskan brown bears catch salmon to witnessing nesting bald eagles, here are the best national park webcam feeds in the US. 1. Yellowstone National P...
Tags: Travel, California, Montana, Washington, US, National Parks, Alaska, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Wyoming, All, National Park Service, Katmai National Park, Zion National Park, Cubs


The best US national parks in winter

Winter may not seem like the ideal time to visit the wilds of a national park, but really there’s no bad time to enjoy the beauty of America’s public lands. Some national parks situated in temperate, even tropical climates are better to visit in winter, free from the scalding heat of summer. If you’re a snow bunny, you’ll enjoy relative quiet in some of the larger parks that are visited en masse during warmer months. No matter your preference, you’ve got plenty of choices. From Hawaii to Utah...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Utah, Yosemite, Colorado, US, America, Earth, United States, National Parks, Hawaii, Tennessee, John Muir, Calistoga, Ansel Adams, Mark Twain


Best campsites in major US cities

Camping often conjures up images of wild and remote places. However, in a pinch, you can get your dose of wilderness — or at least sleep in a tent — right inside a major metropolitan area. Not only can you experience an urban escape within buzzing places like Los Angeles and New York, but camping in these spots can be a cost-effective way to visit some of the most exciting cities in the US. Here are eight campsites that are all within city limits. 1. Cherry Creek State Park Campground, Denve...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, Texas, Colorado, Mexico, Adventure, La, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Manhattan, Seaworld, Nashville, Starbucks, Staten Island


USS Arizona Memorial closes after loading dock sinks

HONOLULU (AP) — The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor will be closed for the rest of the week after the floating dock where visitors depart to the site became partially submerged, the National Park Service said. Boat tours to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu stopped Sunday after […]
Tags: Travel, News, Ap, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, National Park Service, Honolulu, USS Arizona Memorial, Nation & World


Farms and farmers may get government help, doctor shortage looms, residents buy sex online, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii farmers market ©2018 All Hawaii News More than 45,000 acres on Oahu should be designated as important agricultural lands and required to stay that way in perpetuity under a new plan submitted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to the Honolulu City Council. Star-Advertiser.Lawmakers seek federal aid to help local farmers in wake of natural disasters. Hawaii’s congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide financial assistance to Hawaii farmers affected by the K...
Tags: Travel, Boston, US, Philippines, Hawaii, Amnesty International, Department Of Transportation, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Ka, Honolulu, U S Department of Agriculture, West Hawaii, Oahu


Governor, Honolulu mayor attend climate conference, National park expands by almost 2k acres, Nuuanu reservoir drained to prevent overflow, Maui mops up following Olivia, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige at climate conference, courtesy photo Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell are attending the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week. Star-Advertiser.What New Census Data Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Hawaii. Incomes are slightly higher but housing costs are still among the worst in the nation. Civil Beat.A contested case hearing over alleged ethics violations has been scheduled next month for Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Rowena Akana, who ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, San Francisco, Hawaii, Boeing, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Olivia, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Health Department, Hawaiian Islands


7 great experiences in Franklin, TN

Enter to win an epic trip to Franklin, courtesy of our friends at the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 1 T here’s a reason country music’s megastars (we’re talking the people who sell out stadiums) live in suburban Franklin and Leiper’s Fork, just to the south of Nashville proper. These towns seem like they’re straight out of a movie set, with perfectly manicured landscapes abutting preserved Civil War sites. While it is kinda crazy postcard pretty, the area’s worth visiting...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, US, America, Things To Do, Tennessee, Nashville, All, Trip Planning, National Park Service, Matador Network, Clark, Confederate, Franklin, Puckett, Franklin TN


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen, lava stirs in Fissure 8, FBI targets Honolulu city prosecutor, flooding not covered in hurricane insurance, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

A team including National Park Service Geomorphologist Eric Bilderback log earthquake damage and assess stability along Crater Rim Trail. NPS Photo/Jon Christensen Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ‘can’t wait to welcome the world back’. The plan to reopen Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Sept. 22 remains on schedule, with the park announcing several details of its scheduled reopening. Tribune-Herald.Just when Kilauea's eruption seemed to be quieting down, new lava has covered the floor of ...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Fbi, Hawaii, Army, Republican, Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Honolulu, West Hawaii


Stream Sounds From a National Park if You Can't Get Away This Weekend

If you’re stuck at home this Labor Day, but wish you were hiking at a National Park instead, the National Park Service has you covered. In honor of its 102nd birthday, the foundation has started streaming the sound of the national parks.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Streaming, Lifehacks, National Park, National Park Service


Ultimate guide to the Road to Hana

With a relaxed island vibe, postcard-perfect beaches, and cascading waterfalls, the Hawaiian island of Maui draws about 2.4 million visitors per year. The vast majority of them stick to the western resort areas of Wailea, Lahaina, and Kapalua — and don’t venture further east than Haleakala National Park. The Road to Hana takes you away from those busy resorts to one of the most secluded towns in America. Although the highway draws 1,500 or more cars per day, few travelers go all the way to H...
Tags: Travel, Google, Outdoors, America, Road, Pacific Ocean, Maui, National Park Service, Fagan, Kapalua, Hana, Paia, Haleakala National Park, Kula, Kipahulu, Kīpahulu Valley



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