Friday, May 27, 2011

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - June Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - June Programs

JUNE PROGRAMS

Saturday, June 4, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

HIKE THE KA‘U COAST: PUNALU‘U TO KAMEHAME. In honor of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, join park ranger Jay Robinson for a five-mile round-trip interpretive program along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The day begins with native Hawaiian Shanell Dedman introducing us to the ancient cultural stories and sites at Punalu‘u. From there, we’ll pass anchialine pools, sea cliffs, and more during a moderately strenuous hike that traverses raw lava fields along a windswept, sun-soaked landscape. The turn-around point is Kamehame, the black sand beach that is a primary nesting site for honu ‘ea (hawksbill turtles). Sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Cost per person is $50 for Friends members and $65 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to get the member discount. To register, call (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.

Sunday, June 12, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to share in the park's beautiful trails. Led by Tim Tunison, this month's four-hour, four-mile round-trip hike will explore the scenery, plants, birds, and geology of the subalpine zone of the Mauna Loa Trail. This moderately strenuous hike starts at the 6,500’ elevation trailhead and ascends a gently graded slope on rolling, pahoehoe lava, with the turn-around point at 7,500’. We’ll meet at Kipukapuaulu (Bird Park) to organize carpooling to the trailhead (a half-hour drive each way). The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend). To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or programs@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.

Friday, June 17, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

KEAUHOU BIRD CENTER TOUR. Join us for this special tour of the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano, which isn't open to the general public. See and learn about native birds that the facility houses, including the ‘alala (Hawaiian crow), which is extinct in the wild; the palila, a finch-billed honeycreeper found only on the slopes of Mauna Kea; the Maui parrotbill, an insectivorous Hawaiian honeycreeper; and the puaiohi, or small Kaua‘i thrush. Since the tour is during breeding season, we will have a unique chance to see chicks being fed! Sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Cost per person is $20 for Friends members and $30 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to get the member discount. To register, call (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.

Friday, June 24, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. Park resource managers are working to rebuild mamane forest to improve habitat and forage quality for endemic forest birds such as ‘i‘iwi. This month we will collect and process mamane seeds within the Mauna Loa Strip section of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. After seed collecting, we’ll go to the park's native plant nursery for seed pod processing. In addition, we’ll learn about the park’s native forest restoration program. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain. Our goal is a crew of 12 people, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or forest@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

The Nominating and Elections Committee of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park seeks candidates to fill current and future vacancies on our Board of Directors. Nominees of diverse backgrounds who can be visionary leaders are welcome. Prior board experience is not required, but solid candidates should be committed to FHVNP’s mission, to collaboration, and to non-profit excellence. To increase diversity, we are especially encouraging individuals from a broad range of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds to be nominated. Send your recommendations (all confidential) to Interim President Patrick W. Naughton at president@fhvnp.org. Please include the candidate’s contact information and short bio or resume, if possible.

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