Friday, May 4, 2012

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Friends' May Program

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - May Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: Stay here and visit the Volcanoes National Park!

Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SATURDAY WALK IN THE PARK.  This monthly program, usually held 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.  For May only, we changed our walk to the second Saturday so as not to conflict with Mother’s Day.  Led by Cheryl Gansecki, this month’s four-mile hike will explore Kilauea Iki Crater, beginning and ending at the Kilauea Iki Overlook parking area.  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  For more info, visit

Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT.  May 19 is National Kids to Parks Day, so this month’s project will be kid- and family-friendly.  We need the community’s help to plant native seedling trees and remove invasive ginger.  We'll be working in the Kilauea summit area of the park, not far from the Kilauea Visitor Center.  We hope kids of all ages come out and bring their families to learn more about the park's native forest restoration efforts.  Volunteers can be any age, and children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.  Work takes place within 1/4 mile of the parking area, with access on a fairly easy trail.  Our goal is a crew of 24 people, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or  For more info, visit


SNEAK PREVIEW!  Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
KONA TRAIL SNEAK PREVIEW AT KAHUKU.  Help us celebrate National Trails Day®!  Join park ranger John Stallman for a guided interpretive walk along a new loop trail at Kahuku.  This four-mile roundtrip trek through the scenic highland pastures offers participants a sneak preview of the Kona Trail, which is not yet open to the general public.  Excellent bird-watching opportunities abound, plus learn about the natural and cultural heritage of this special place.  Cost per person is $50 for Friends members and $70 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 register, contact the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or visit

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  For more info, visit

*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 or (808) 985-7373 at least five days before the program.

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