Showing posts with label Volunteer Programs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Volunteer Programs. Show all posts

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.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hilo Hawaii - Edible Landscaping - Community Gardening


Let's Grow Hilo - Edible Landscaping in City's Median Strips


Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and visit Hilo, sweet pearl of the Pacific, - only 30 minutes away:

Taking the notion of “going green” to a whole new level, a group of folks in Downtown Hilo have started a program aimed at simultaneously beautifying downtown Hilo while filling a vital need for feeding residents.

“It started out as a guerilla gardening project,” Alice Moon, Executive Director of Hilo Downtown Improvement Association (DIA) says with a chuckle. “We just started doing it. Then we had four-foot kalo plants growing, and people started realizing what we were doing.”

‘It’, is the “Let’s Grow Hilo” project, designed to show people how easy it is to go green while providing free food for local residents. Hilo is unique in that people strolling along downtown streets can now pick fruits and vegetables for free and take them home to eat.

“Let’s Grow Hilo” came about as a result of the Envision Downtown Hilo 2025 Plan, which calls for enhancing the area’s natural beauty through landscaping, plantings and related improvements. The project started a little over a year ago with then-student, now graduate from UH-Hilo College of Agriculture, Samantha (Sam) Robinson.

While still in school, Sam started community gardens at University of Hawai‘i-Hilo and wanted to expand the idea on a community-wide basis. Teaming up with Alice Moon and the Hilo DIA, Sam’s been working for over a year with youth groups, including Girl Scouts and students at Connections Public Charter School, on several planters along Kamehameha Avenue and in front of the old Hawaiian Telephone Company building on Kalākaua Street. Dozens of area youth are learning how to grow food and take pride in their community.

Hilo DIA is helping Sam seek community gardening grants to expand this part of the project and make Downtown Hilo a model project for other small towns on the island.

At the same time, Chiko Arakawa with DIA’s Senior Training Employment Program has been the driving force for the plantings around palm trees and in other planters around town. Chiko uses space behind the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center as a greenhouse and nursery. You can see his work on the pocket park at the corner of Waianuenue Avenue and Keawe Street. Another group, Natural Farming Hawai‘i, using Korean Master Cho’s method, has joined the effort by planting taro. Drake Weinert and volunteers from the farming group have spent many a weekend planting and nurturing a kalo garden at the small triangle shape where Kīlauea Street and Keawe Street merge at Mamo Street. As this magazine goes to press, DIA and Natural Farming Hawai‘i are planning a harvest celebration for the kalo tentatively scheduled for March 10.

Plants are donated by area businesses, their employees or members of the community. Sam and Chiko have developed relationships with area gardeners and groups, with many supplies being donated. What plants aren’t donated Sam grows from seeds organically. Alice notes that there have been some instances of theft and vandalism, but the damage has been minimal and offset by the tremendous benefits.

She recalls a recent incident where she was walking downtown and a woman admired some tomatoes growing in one of the community gardens. Alice told her she could pick them and take them home, but the woman didn’t believe her. After explaining the community gardening plan to her she was finally able to convince her to take the ripe produce home.

Now that the program has taken root, Alice and others are going about creating more structure for the program. “We’re working with the County Planning Department to formalize the program and its strategic planning,” explains Alice.

“Let’s Grow Hilo” community workdays are typically held the last Sunday of every month.

For more information on the “Let’s Grow Hilo” program, to donate supplies or start your own community garden downtown, e-mail Sam Robinson at letsgrowhilo@hotmail.com or look at the website www.letsgrowhilo.com. .

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hawaii Island - First Green Sea Turtle Nesting


-->Volunteers Witness First Green Turtle Nesting on Hawai‘i Island

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

Hawaii National Park, HI – Hawai‘i Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project recorded one of its most historic sea turtle nesting seasons in 22 years, including the first recorded green turtle nesting on the island of Hawai‘i, a rare daytime nesting by a hawksbill turtle, and an increase in the number of newly tagged female hawksbills.

In the 2011 report released today, a female green turtle, or honu, was first observed attempting to nest on the beach in front of the park’s remote Halapē campsite. She then traveled 52 coastal miles southwest and nested at Pōhue Bay. Her historic nest was a success, with 40 baby honu reaching the ocean. Green turtles are federally listed as threatened, are indigenous to Hawai‘i, and are seen throughout the islands. They typically nest in the French Frigate Shoals, but there have been occasional documented nestings by honu on the other main Hawaiian Islands.

Also within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a female honu ‘ea, or hawksbill turtle, was observed nesting at ‘Āpua Point at noon, the earliest daytime crawl in project history. Hawksbill turtles are endangered, and nest primarily at beaches along the southern coast of Hawai‘i Island at night.

Volunteers helped an estimated 3,000 hatchlings reach the ocean from a total of 30 nests (one green, 29 hawksbill) along five of the beaches they monitor: ‘Āpua Point, Halapē, Kamehame, Kōloa, and Pōhue Bay.

“Without the help from over 20 dedicated volunteers this season, many of these hatchlings would not have made it to the ocean. Thanks to them, there is hope for the survival of honu‘ea” said Will Seitz, project coordinator.

Other season highlights included a nest excavation with third grade students from Volcano School, and a continued increase in the number of newly tagged honu ‘ea females. Out of the nine female adult hawksbill turtle observed, five were newly tagged while the rest were returnees from previous seasons.

During nesting season, from May through December, females come ashore to lay clutches of eggs. The eggs are vulnerable during the two-month incubation, and are preyed upon by mongoose, rats, feral cats, and dogs. After the hatchlings emerge they can become caught behind rocks or vegetation, disoriented by artificial lights, run over by vehicles, or eaten by mammals and birds. Volunteer efforts are critical to their survival.

The 2011 report can be downloaded from the park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/havo/naturescience/turtles.htm.

For information on how to help, visit www.volunteer.gov/gov, or contact the Hawksbill Project at 808-985-6090.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Niaulani Native Forest Trail


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Niaulani Native Forest Trail


45 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

At the southern edge of Volcano Village on the Bid Island lies an ecological rarity: a lush, 200-year-old patch of native rainforest unspoiled by glory bush, kahili ginger or other alien species that have invaded forest across the Islands. Few such pimeval forests remain, even in nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Fewer still are so accessible.

The Niaulani Forest was once home to the state's Kilauea Ranger Station, which protected it from the ranching and charcoal-making operations that damaged much of the surrounding forest. When Volcano Art Center took over the station in 1997 to build its new headquarters and educational campus, it signed a voenant to preserve the remaining forest. A short easy trail winds through the four-acre tract, and signage highlights the many native plants, from massive 75-foot-tall koa and ohi'a trees to delicate mosses, lichens and tiny ferns covering the trunks in such profusion that every tree is like a little forest in itself.

Every Monday at 9:30a.m. volunteers lead visitors on a free tour of the forest's treasure trove of native plants. Giant hapu'u pulu tree ferns, with their golden "fur" or pulu, grow alongside the rarer hapuu 'i;i, which have stiff, bristly hairs instead of pulu; sometimes towering above both, slender and graceful, are even rarer meu ferns. In their shade grow all types of smaller ferns: shrub-sized 'ama'u, viny uluhe, delicate, foot-tall ho'io. Visitors frequently hear the distincrive whirring of 'apapane wings as the scarlet-colored native birds flit among the ohi'a trees, feeding on their red blossoms.

Amanda Spaur, who coordinates the tours, notes that the forest walk attracts a different kind of visitor, "People are genuinely interested in knowing what Hawaii really is," she says. "It feels like everyone you share it with is gaining from the experience." Those who can't make the Monday tour can still explore the forest with a tour brochure, available in the Volcano Art Center's main building.

Check the Volcano Art Center's website for details.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - October Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - October Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

OCTOBER PROGRAMS

Sunday, October 9, 2011
from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 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 1.5-hour, 1.5-mile round trip walk will explore the ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail. We’ll hike through rain forest and past steam vents, with views of Kilauea Caldera, Halema‘uma‘u Crater, and Mauna Loa. Also of interest along the way are birds, earth cracks, and fault scarps. This 1.5-mile loop trail, which includes a 200’ elevation change, is rated easy to moderate. Be prepared for the 4,000’ elevation as well as for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy. Meet at the park’s Kilauea Visitor Center. 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 Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


Friday, October 14, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. Volunteers are needed to help collect and process mamane seed on the Mauna Loa strip of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The goal is to increase the mamane (Sophora chrysophylla) forest on Mauna Loa to provide habitat and forage for the native honeycreeper birds. After collecting the seeds, we’ll start processing the seed pods in the field. We will 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 uneven terrain with some ‘a‘a lava through brush in an area with a moderate slope. 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.


HAWAI‘I VOLCANO INSTITUTE PROGRAMS

Saturday, October 15, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

PLANTS OF 'OLA'A FOREST. Join botanist Linda Pratt for a slow-paced 1 mile walk through the dense rain forest of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 'Ola'a Forest, a parcel of old growth forest just north of Volcano Village. Learn the common native plants and see the results of more than 20 years of protection from feral ungulates and management of invasive non-native plants. This area has the highest diversity of native ferns of any forest in the park. Because we'll be in a sensitive area without developed trails, group size will be limited to 12. We'll see examples of native lobelioids, endemic members of the African violet family, tree nettles, and many of the over 50 native fern species found in 'Ola'a. Cost per person is $35 for members and $50 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 of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in order to get the member discount. To register, contact Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute at (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.


Sunday, October 23, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

NATIVE INSECTS: A FIELD DISCOVERY. According to Bishop Museum scientists, there are more than 5,800 known native insect species in Hawai'i, over 94% of which are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Join Hawai'i insect specialist David Foote to look for Kamehameha butterflies, longhorn beetles, fruit flies, and happyface spiders in Kipukapuaulu (Bird Park). Hawai'i's native insect fauna has undergone many examples of spectacular adaptive radiations, and we'll look for examples of these evolutionary processes in some of the more common native insect species. We'll also talk about the functional role of insects in Hawai'i's native ecosystems, the impact of invasive alien insects, and the conservation of native Hawaiian insects. Cost per person is $35 for members and $50 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 of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in order to get the member discount. To register, contact Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute at (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.


PARK SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, October 8, 2011
at 10:00 a.m.

NEW TRAIL OPENS AT KAHUKU. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit holds a grand opening for the Palm Trail. Following the opening celebration at 10:00 are the first-ever guided hikes on the new trail. Join John Stallman at 10:15 or Dean Gallagher at 11:00. The Palm Trail is a moderate 2.6 mile loop trail that gains only 375 feet in elevation. The hike travels through scenic pastures and by an ancient cinder cone for one of Kahuku’s best panoramic views. See relics of the ranching era and volcanic features along the 1868 eruption fissure. Kahuku is located in Ka‘u between mile markers 70 and 71 on the mauka side of Highway 11. Bring water, a hat, and sun block, plus be prepared for rain. Free entry, plus free trail snacks (provided by the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park). For more info, contact Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 985-6011.


Saturday, October 29, 2011
at 6:00 p.m.

“DIGITAL MOUNTAIN: IT’S MY TRAIL” FILM FESTIVAL. Film makers in grades 7-12 screen films up to 3 minutes in length explaining why park trails are important to them. The gala film festival to premiere these films on the “big screen” will be held in the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The public is invited to meet the young film makers, view and vote on your favorite film, and enjoy refreshments. Awards are announced at the event. Winners will be selected by a weighted combination of judging by filmmaking professionals and the people’s voting. Prizes include MacBook laptops and Olympus digital cameras. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation. Additional help, funding, and support comes from the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Natural History Association, Friends of the Future, Volcano Video Productions, Mac Made Easy, Boys and Girls Club, KapohoKine Adventures, and Hawaii Forest & Trail. Free (park entrance fees apply). For more info, contact Laura Williams at 985-6304 or laura_williams@nps.gov.

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 PROGRAMS

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 admin@fhvnp.org.


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 admin@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


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 admin@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


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 www.fhvnp.org.


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 forest@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - August Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - August Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

AUGUST PROGRAMS

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2011
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH JACK JEFFREY. Join award-winning photographer and wildlife biologist Jack Jeffrey for inspirational sessions of photographing the splendor of Hawai‘i’s natural environment. Learn to photograph plants, flowers, insects, birds (only if visible), scenics, and other native natural history subjects the way the professionals photograph them. Various aspects of nature photography will be discussed, including equipment, exposure, composition, lighting, close-ups, and photo ethics. DAY 1 is designed for those with point-and-shoot cameras, and those with limited field experience using their cameras. DAY 2 is for those who are more advanced since it will be a tip, tricks, and techniques seminar for those who have completed Day 1 or who have some experience with their cameras in the field. For either day, cost per person is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. For both days, cost per person is $95 for members and $135 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. To register, contact Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, at (808) 985-7373 or sign up online at www.fhvnp.org.


Sunday, August 14, 2011
from 11:00 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 to share in the park’s beautiful trails. Led Nick Shema, this month’s three-hour, four-mile hike will explore Kilauea Iki Crater. The trail descends through the rain forest, with native birds flitting through the canopy, to the still-steaming crater floor. This hike, rated moderately difficult, traverses pahoehoe lava and forested trails, with a 400’ elevation drop and gain. Bring a bag lunch and meet at the park’s resources management 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). 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, August 19, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. This month we will work at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, located off Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71 in Ka‘u. We will collect seeds from native plants for propagation in the park’s native plant nursery. We’ll also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program at Kahuku. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain covered by thick pasture grasses in an area with a moderate slope. 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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - July Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - July Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

JULY PROGRAMS

Saturday, July 9, 2011
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

31st ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Every summer Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hosts the free Annual Cultural Festival to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and promote appreciation of traditional values. Throughout the day, the sweet sounds of Hawaiian music fill the air and hula dancers, bedecked in flower lei and colorful costumes, bring meaning to the songs through the movement of their eyes, hands, and hips. Cultural practitioners lead demonstrations and provide hands-on learning opportunities for a wide variety of Hawaiian crafts, games, and foods. This year the festival will be at the park's Kahuku Unit in the Ka‘u District (between mile markers 70 & 71 on Highway 11). Park admission is free for the entire day at both the main and Kahuku entrances. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawai‘i Natural History Association, Kilauea Military Camp, and Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more info, call (808) 985-6011 or visit www.nps.gov/havo.


Sunday, July 10, 2011
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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 Rob and Susan McGovern, this month’s two-hour, three-mile round-trip hike will be to Pu‘u Huluhulu. The trail crosses 1973 and 1974 lava flows, through kipuka, past lava trees, and climbs 150 feet to the summit of Pu‘u Huluhulu. On a clear day, you can see Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and the Pacific Ocean. This will be a moderate, fairly flat hike over pahoehoe lava at 3,200’ elevation. Meet at the Mauna Ulu parking lot on Chain of Craters Road. 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.


Saturday, July 16, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. This month we will work at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. We will remove invasive weeds in a fenced enclosure where a wide variety of native seedlings have been planted over the past five years. We will learn about the park's native forest restoration program at Kahuku and be able to see the start of natural recovery of the forest. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain covered by thick pasture grasses in an area with a moderate slope. Since we will be a half-hour drive in from the parking area, all volunteers will need to stay until the project is completed at 3:00 p.m. Our goal is a crew of 16 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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - July Programs


Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - July Programs

JULY PROGRAMS

The Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes Park is looking for volunteers to help with two July events: the Silent Auction Fundraiser and the Annual Cultural Festival. Below please find the details. Please RSVP with your full name and phone number(s) to let me know if you are available to help, your job preference(s), and your time availability.


JULY 4th SILENT AUCTION
Held at Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village

SUNDAY, JULY 3

- transporting donation items from the Friends office to Cooper Center (time: 2:30-3)
- setting up the merchandise booth & the auction items (time: 3-6)

MONDAY, JULY 4

- staffing the merchandise booth (times: 8:30-12:30)
- monitoring the auction & helping with auction item pick up (time: 8:30-12:30)
- staffing the auction sales table & calling folks about un-picked up items (time: 11-1)
- helping with clean up, transport back to office, merchandise inventory, money processing (time: 1-4)


31st ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Held at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (in Ka‘u between mile markers 70 & 71 on Hwy 11)

SATURDAY, JULY 9 - Friends Booth

- set up & staffing the Friends booth: giving information, soliciting memberships, selling merchandise (time: 8:30-11)
- staffing the Friends booth: giving information, soliciting memberships, selling merchandise (time: 11-1:30)
- break down & staffing the Friends booth: giving information, soliciting memberships, selling merchandise (time: 1:30-4)

SATURDAY, JULY 9 - Park Help (Set Up & Break Down)

- helping the Park set up tables, chairs, water containers, etc. - helpers must be able to lift heavy items and be on their feet the entire shift (time: 7:00-10:00)
- helping the Park with various festival tasks, such assisting demonstrators and others - helpers must be able to lift heavy items and be on their feet for most of the shift (time: 8:00-3:00)
- helping the Park break down tables, chairs, tents, etc. - helpers must be able to lift heavy items and be on their feet the entire shift (time: 3-4)


Mahalo nui loa,

Julie Mitchell
General Manager

Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute
(808) 985-7373
PO Box 653
Volcano, HI 96785
admin@fhvnp.org

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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Park Activities in May


Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - May Programs

30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:
Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

LIFE ON RECENT LAVA FLOWS. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park may be one of the world’s best outdoor classrooms for learning about the colonization of new geological surfaces, a process that ecologists label primary succession. Join botanist Tim Tunison to investigate the characteristic small suite of plant and animal species found on recent lava flows; how rates of colonization differ on ‘a‘a versus pahoehoe and from dry to wet areas; and why there are few alien, invasive plants on recent lava flows. 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, May 8, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 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 three-hour, four-mile hike will explore Kilauea Iki Crater. Starting from the park’s resources management area, we will proceed to Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), drop down onto the Kilauea Iki Trail, come back up via Byron Ledge and Crater Rim Trails, and return to the start. This moderately difficult hike starts at 4,000’ and has a 400’ elevation drop and gain. 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 Nick Shema at (808) 967-8648 or programs@fhvnp.org. For more info, including directions to the parking area, visit www.fhvnp.org.


Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native faya plants that have grown in the Keanakakoi Special Ecological Area since Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park cleared the area a few years ago. Most faya are seedlings that pull easily; a few are maturing trees that we will cut with saws. We’ll also learn about the park's native forest restoration program and control of invasive plants in Special Ecological Areas. Keanakakoi has a wonderful ‘ohi‘a forest with a nice variety of native under-story plants and cindery soil. 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 16 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.


Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

NATIVE INSECTS: A FIELD DISCOVERY. Join Hawai‘i insect specialist David Foote to look for Kamehameha butterflies, longhorn beetles, fruit flies, and happyface spiders in Kipukapuaulu (Bird Park). Hawaii’s native insect fauna has undergone many examples of spectacular adaptive radiations, and we’ll look for examples of these evolutionary processes in some of the more common native insect species. We’ll also talk about the functional role of insects in Hawai‘i’s native ecosystems, the impact of invasive alien insects, and the conservation of native Hawaiian insects. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Cost per person is $35 for Friends members and $50 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, February 4, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - February Programs


Saturday, February 12, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Volunteer Forest Restoration Project: This month we will work in the Keanakakoi Special Ecological Area removing invasive, non-native faya plants that have grown since the park cleared the area a few years ago. some faya are seedlings that pull easily; most are maturing trees that we will cut with saws. We'll also learn about the park's native forest restoration program and control of invasive plants in Special Ecological Areas. Volunteers should be at least 14 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain and through some areas of dense brush. Our goal is a crew of 16 people, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or forest@fhvnp.org. For more info visit www.fhvnp.org.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
from 12:00 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 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to share in the park's beautiful trails. Led by Nick Shema, this month's two-hour walk will start at the Mauna Ulu parking lot and proceed to the top of Mauna Ulu and back. This will be a moderate, fairly flat hike of about 2.5 miles roundtrip, mostly over pahoehoe lava at 3,200' elevation. Due to the cultural sensitivity of Mauna Ulu, the size of the group will be limited to 15 people. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend). Park entrance fees apply. To register, contact Nick Shema at (808) 967-8648 or programs@fhvnp.org. For more information, visit www.fhvnp.org.



Job Announcement: 


Clerk: Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is accepting applications by March 11 for a part-time (10 hrs/week) clerical position. For a complete job description and application information visit our website at www.fhvnp.org or e-mail admin@fhvnp.org. No calls please.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - January Program



Sunday, January 9, 2011
from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Walk in the Park. This is the first of a new monthly program (on second Sundays) aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to share in the park's beautiful trails. Led by Nick Shema, this inaugural, two-hour hike will start at the park's Kilauea Visitor Center. We will follow the Crater Rim Trail to the Byron Ledge Trail, proceed down this trail to the curt-off to the Halema'uma'u Trail, then travel up that trail to the 'Iliahi Trail. There, we will take a left toward Steam Vents and then follow the Sulphur Banks Trail back to the Kilauea Visitor Center. Total roundtrip distance is approximately 3 miles with a 400' vertical descent and ascent. The hike is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend). To register, contact Nick Shema at (808) 967-8648 or program@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


Saturday, January 15, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Volunteer Forest Restoration Project. This month we will plant native species in the koa forest on the Mauna Loa strip of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We will work in a former cattle pasture that is being transformed into a diverse native forest by planting nursery-reared seedlings. We will also learn about the park's native forest restoration program. Volunteers should be at least 14 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain through brush in an area with a moderate slope. Because native seedlings have already been planted in the area, we will have to be careful in moving through the understory. Our goal is a crew of 12 people, and a pre-registration is required. To register, contact Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or forest@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.