UFO landing pad officially opens in the hope of attracting extraterrestrials to Earth

“We’re not crazy, we’re open-minded,” says local official

An 80ft UFO “landing pad” has been officially opened in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Star Visitor Sanctuary is only the second in the world officially dedicated for the purpose of inviting extraterrestrials to Earth.

Locals held a cleansing, purifying and dedication ceremony on the site, which was naturally formed by lava near Uncle Robert’s Kava Bar in Kalapana, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.

Garry Hoffeld, assistant to the bar’s owner Robert Keliihoomalu, said: “It’s potentially controversial – it’s potentially funny to some people, potentially stupid to other people.

“We’re not crazy, we’re open-minded.

“Uncle Robert calls [extraterrestrials] our friends and brothers.”

The other UFO landing pad was dedicated in 1967 in the city of St Paul in Alberta, Canada.