Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - September Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - September Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 


September 1 - 30, 2011
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kalapana - covered by lava in 1990

GIVE ALOHA. Support our organization to fundraise even faster! Make a donation to the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (organization code #78625) at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms -- and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization, too. Just show your Maikai‘i Card and make a donation to our organization (up to $249 per person) at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms checkout from September 1 – 30, 2011. Thank you for your support! For more info, call 985-7373 or email

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

ANNUAL MEETING. Friends members get a rare behind-the-scenes experience in the Volcano House, which has been closed to the general public for renovations since 2009. See the gutted lobby and other public areas, new roof and exterior paint job, and seismic and fire safety improvements. The meeting takes place in the koa bar, with a panoramic view of Kilauea Caldera and the vent at Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Join us for an exciting day of meet and greet, the board of directors election, and a light luncheon. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Don Swanson, a senior geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, who summarizes the current state of activity at the summit and along the east rift zone. After lunch, choose between three special guided tours of the Volcano House, the ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail, or Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s native plant nursery. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend. Park entrance fees apply. Please RSVP by Monday, September 5 by calling 985-7373 or emailing For more info, visit

Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends to share in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s beautiful trails. Led Nick Shema, this month’s 8-hour, 14-mile round trip hike will explore the Napau Trail. Since this is not intended as an interpretive hike, we will move along at a steady clip. Following the East Rift Zone of Kilauea, the Napau Trail provides opportunities for hikers to experience a diversity of environments ranging from recent lava flows to dense tree fern rain forests. The destination is Napau Crater where hikers may gaze from the rim at Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent steaming and fuming in the distance. This 14-mile hike, which includes a 620’ elevation gain, is rated strenuous and hikers should be physically fit and free of respiratory and heart ailments. Bring a bag lunch plus at least 3 quarts of water and meet at the Mauna Ulu parking lot. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend). Park entrance fees apply. To register, call (808) 985-7373 or email For more info, visit

Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

ON THE EDGE OF KILAUEA CALDERA. Join volcanologist Ken Hon for a 3 to 4 mile hike around and into Kilauea Caldera. Come find out how the current caldera formed and how it differs from the new vent that is currently active in Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Visit Sulphur Banks to see the outer ring fracture system of the caldera. Hike through a faulted valley and across the road to Steam Vents and Steaming Bluffs to learn about their relationship to the caldera. We’ll also pass the old Crater Rim Drive that partially fell into the caldera during the 1975 magnitude 7.2 earthquake. After the hike, the group moves to Volcano’s famed Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant for a delicious lunch of soup, Big Island fresh catch, wine, coffee or tea, and dessert. (Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance request.) Wine will be provided compliments of the Volcano Winery. Cost per person is $60 for members and $85 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends to get the member discount. Park entrance fees apply. To register, call (808) 985-7373 or visit

Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. Volunteers are needed to help remove weeds in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for National Public Lands Day. We will work in the Devastation Trail area removing invasive, non-native knotweed (Polygonum capitatum). This is a low-growing plant and most work will be done kneeling or crouching. The soil is cindery and the knotweed should pull easily, although some have very long roots. We'll also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program and control of invasive plants. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old (younger children are welcome if accompanied by a parent), and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain. Our goal is a crew of 25 people, and pre-registration is required. To register, call (808) 985-7373 or email For more info, visit

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