Fact Check — Honolulu Star-Advertiser: New Study Gives National Park 'Poor' Rating

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The Honolulu Star-Advertiser didn't exist three years ago. Maybe that's why it failed to realize it was publishing three-year-old news in a story about a "poor" rating at Volcanoes National Park on Monday.

The article refers to a "sobering new study" by the National Parks Conservation Association in which the Big Island park earned poor marks in a natural resources assessment.

But a closer look at the report, which was released in June 2011, shows that it is actually an overview of previously-reported findings. The rating of Volcanoes National Park, for example, came from an assessment first published in 2008. In fact, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported about the assessment in June of that year.

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