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Christmas Tree Invasive Pine Pull - December 10



Each year, the Friends of Haleakalā National Park, Haleakala Ranch and the NPS hosts an invasive pine tree pull on Haleakala Ranch, at its boundary with the National Park. The Friends recruit volunteers to lend their muscle for a few hours of yanking out and cutting invasive pines. These invasive trees threaten all of east Maui's native alpine ecosystems.  The pines have already spread into the crater and have begun altering the unique landscape of Haleakalā. In exchange for weeding pines, volunteers can take home fresh pine trees,  boughs and cones to decorate their homes for the holidays.

The event will take place December 10th from 9am to noon at Puu Niauniau which is on Crater Road, approximately 1/4 mile before the Park entry station. 

This year’s service event will be limited to 50 people due to parking and safety considerations.  Participation is by prior signup only.  Please sign up by completing the form found at this link.


The first 50 to sign-up will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to complete a Volunteer Agreement form required by the NPS and a waiver required by Haleakala Ranch. 


The event organizers hope that these measures will insure that the popular event transpires safely, with enough tools, supervision, and parking for all participants. Volunteers should be prepared for rough terrain and wet weather. Do not bring pets or power tools. Be aware that there are bee boxes nearby the work site. Carpooling is preferred, as parking is limited. A $5 donation per tree is recommended to support the Friends’ campaigns to protect endangered species.

For more information, please e-mail 

Park’s Commercial-Free Days Set

Commercial-free days have been established for Haleakalā National Park for the remainder of 2016 and early 2017. As specified in the park’s Commercial Services Plan, commercial-free days are opportunities for Kanaka Maoli to conduct traditional cultural practices in the park without commercial tours present. The next set of commercial-free dates will be: 

  • Summer solstice (June 21, 2016)
  • Lolopua, one of the two days commonly known as zenith noon (July 18, 2016)
  • Start of Makahiki - 1st rites begin on kapu period of Hua (October 11, 2016)
  • Winter solstice (December 21, 2016)
  • End of Makahiki - after kapu period of Hua (January 10, 2017)
  • Summer solstice (June 21, 2017)

Although no commercial tours will be allowed on these days, the park will remain open to all visitors. Regular visitor entrance fees will apply. In determining these commercial-free dates, park officials sought input from Native Hawaiian staff, community members, the Bishop Museum, and the park’s kūpuna group.

“We hope the community will continue to take advantage of these commercial-free days and come to their park,” said Superintendent Natalie Gates.

FHNP 2015 Year in Review

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Photo by Christa Matthews


The general purpose of the FRIENDS OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, INC., a Hawai'i non-profit corporation, is to support educational, cultural, research, and service activities relating to the park and its ecosystems.


The mission of the Friends of Haleakala National Park  is to assist the park and the National Park Service to achieve the purposes and goals for which they were established: to preserve Haleakala's unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated Native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual resources. The Friends  also provide educational, inspirational, and recreational opportunities compatible with preserving the many natural, cultural, and spiritual resources of Haleakala so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Directors & Officers

Matt Wordeman, President
Shannon Wianecki, Vice President
Mele Stokesberry, Secretary
Mary Santa Maria, Treasurer
Martha E. Martin, Director
Don Reeser, Director
Serena Kaldi, Director

Advisory Board

Mary Evanson
Farley Jacob
Fern Duvall II

Kiope Raymond

Friends of Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 322 ~ Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 876-1673 ~