Hawai’i Island National Parks Junior Ranger Adventure Book

My family visited the Island of Hawai’i, also known as the “Big Island” from December 18 – 25, 2009. One of the main reasons for this trip/vacation was to visit the four National Parks so that Alyssa, my seven year old daughter, could complete the Junior Ranger programs. While viewing the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park website, I found a link to the Junior Ranger Adventure Book. Because of its size, the Adventure book can be downloaded from the following two links:

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The Hawai’i Island Junior Ranger Adventure Book is for kids ages 7 to 12 years old. The Junior Ranger can earn up to five Junior Ranger badges and Junior Ranger awards as they explore, learn and protect the Hawai’i Island Parks.

The Junior Ranger needs to complete all of the activity pages for a park to receive a badge for that park and a special Junior Ranger award. The more park badges you earn, the higher the level of award you will receive.

The Junior Ranger Adventure Book includes the following parks:

Ala Kahakai National Trail
Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site
Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

The most difficult activity pages were the ones for Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site. Most of the activities for Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site were not age appropriate for a seven year old and Alyssa needed our help to complete them. I had difficulty finding some of the answers.

The rest of the adventure book was much easier, but Alyssa still needed our help on several activities.

Alyssa received the following rewards for completing all of the programs:

1. Junior Ranger Pen
2. Junior Ranger Hawai’i Island National Parks Patch
3. Junior Ranger Badge Necklace with compass
4. National Parks baseball Hat (I was told that the program started with backpacks, but they had run out)

They were also out of Ala Kahakai National Trail badges. I am waiting for a response to an e-mail to see if they will be ordering anymore and will update this post when I get a response.

The individual parks also had their own Junior Ranger programs. I will write about each park we visited and the activities completed in those posts.

I really like the idea of the Junior Ranger Adventure Book. It encouraged families to visit all of the parks on Hawai’i Island. Everyone wants to go see the volcanoes, but who knows about the other parks on Hawai’i Island. The Adventure Book is a great way to inform visitors that there is more than one National Park on the Island of Hawai’i and offers rewards to the Junior Ranger who visits them all.

I do have one complaint, I would like to see a booklet put together that would be age appropriate for 5 – 7 year old Junior Rangers.