Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - April Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - April Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

APRIL PROGRAMS

DEADLINE EXTENDED 2 WEEKS!
Submit by April 16, 2012

"IMAGES FROM THE EDGE" PHOTO CONTEST. Calling all photographers! Submit your original photographs taken in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (park entrance fees apply). First, second, and third place awards will be given in 3 categories: Amateur-Beginner, Amateur-Advanced, and Professional. There will also be from 3 to 7 Honorable Mentions. Judging is by professional photographers Rick Decker and Alvis Upitis of West Hawai'i. All images will be considered for inclusion in a special multi-image slideshow on April 28. All finalists' photographs will be exhibited from June 9-17 at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, a co-sponsor of the event. Photos must be submitted as digital images online by the new contest deadline of April 16 at 5:00 p.m. (Hawai'i Standard Time). Entry fee for up to 3 photos is $25. Contest sponsor is Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. For full contest rules and to enter, visit www.fhvnp.org.

Sunday, April 8, 2012 from 12:00 noon 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 Nick Shema, this month’s 2-part, 2-mile round-trip walk explores 2 different areas of the park. The first part starts at the Kilauea Visitor Center and explores Sulphur Banks Trail and Crater Rim Trail. The second part requires driving to Kipukapua‘ulu (Bird Park) for a lovely loop trail in a species-rich ancient mesic forest. 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, contact the Friends at (808) 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.

Friday, April 20, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. Volunteers are needed to plant native seedlings in an area of the Mauna Loa strip where natural regeneration of the forest has not occurred. Help plant a total of 600 seedlings from 9 different species in an open area surrounded by native forest. We’ll also 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 rough, uneven terrain with a moderate slope. Our goal is a crew of 14 people, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or forest@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 
“IMAGES FROM THE EDGE” SLIDESHOW & FINALISTS CEREMONY. This special multi-image slideshow, set to music, features photos submitted during the first annual “Images from the Edge” photo contest. The public is invited to view a wide variety of intriguing images—from macro photography of native plants to surreal lavascapes—taken in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park by both amateur and professional photographers. Immediately following the slideshow, contest finalists will be announced during a ceremony with judges Rick Decker and Alvis Upitis. This free event takes place in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at the Kilauea Visitor Center. In honor of National Park Week (April 21 to 29), park entrance is free all week. Contest sponsor is Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more info, call (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.

HAWAI‘I VOLCANO INSTITUTE PROGRAMS 

* PROGRAM FULL (wait list names being accepted).
Friday, April 6, 2012 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. 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 non-profit Friends group in order to get the member discount. To add your name to the wait list, call the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or email institute@fhvnp.org.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PLANTS OF HULA: NA MEA KANU O KE HULA. Kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia and botanist Tim Tunison team up for a cultural and scientific exploration of the plants used in hula. Learn about kino lau (manifestations of Hawaiian deities in plant form) as well as the significance of plants used for the hula altar and for adornments. We’ll discuss cultural protocols used when picking plants and walk among native species in their natural environment. The day ends with a hands-on lesson in native plant propagation and plant seedlings to take home. Cost per person is $60 for Friends 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 non-profit Friends group in order to get the member discount. Park entrance fees apply. To register, call the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.

 INSTITUTE-ON-DEMAND – PRIVATE TOURS 

* Available Year-Round
INSTITUTE-ON-DEMAND allows your group (of any size) to create your own custom-designed private tour. Let us know your group's itinerary, activity level, and interests—and we’ll create a personalized adventure just for you! Private tours are perfect for families, reunions, school and senior groups, friends traveling together, adventure-seekers, and more. We can arrange anything from a two-hour tour to a multi-day program with meals and lodging, or anything in between. Tours are led by expert instructors and naturalist guides who combine scientific understanding with detailed personal knowledge of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Informal teaching techniques and participant-guided learning make these personalized adventures not just educational but also fun. To set up your INSTITUTE-ON-DEMAND private tour, call (808) 985-7373 or email institute@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.

*Institute programs are funded in part by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or reasonable modification of policies and procedures to participate in Institute programs should contact the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at institute@fhvnp.org or (808) 985-7373 at least five days before the program.

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