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Service Trip to Paliku Oct 14-16

Join FHNP on a backpacking service trip to Paliku Rangers cabin October 14-16.   This trip was not on our original calendar,  but was recently added due to cancellations of the August and September trips.      You must register to join.   To learn more or to register, please contact or


FHNP will discontinue sending gifts to those who adopt-a-nene once the current stock is exhausted.  Nene updates will also be discontinued.  We will endeavor to continue sending adoption papers upon request when you adopt a nene.    Please excuse any confusion while we update our website, newsletter and marketing materials. 

First Tuesday Nursery Days 
Volunteers will help park horticulturist with jobs involving caring for the rare, endemic plants being propagated, such as transplanting, weeding, cleaning and preparing seeds for storage or planting, and some pot washing.  The park recycles pots which have to be carefully cleaned to prevent the spread of plant diseases. There may sometimes be some out planting, but most of the service work is done inside, and participants can drive up to the location of the work.  The workday is 9:00 to noon the first Tuesday of each month.    To sign up or to learn more,  please see the Service Trip page on this website.   

You must register to participate.  

August 2023 service trip to Kapalaoa cabin - cancelled due to Park closure related to Maui wildfire

Join the Friends of Haleakala on a backpacking service trip to Kapalaoa cabin, August 20-22.   The backpacking distance to and from the cabin is approximately 7 miles.   Participants must carry their own clothes, sleeping bag and share of the food.   The cabins are equiped with a kitchen and padded bunks.   The service work will likely be invasive weed removal that will involve hiking to some out of the way and infrequently visited areas of the park. Tools will be provided.     For more information see the Service Trip link on this website.  To sign up,  contact 

Reeser, Evanson, Duvall memorial scholarships
(2023 scholarships have been granted)

A scholarship grant of $1,000 USD will be awarded by the Friends of Haleakala National Park to each of up to three students who will be attending an accredited college or university in 2023-2024 and who are, or will be, studying in a field related to the biology, ecology and/or conservation of Haleakala National Park’s ecosystem.  The scholarship honors the life work of three heroes of the mountain:  Don Reeser, Superintendent of Haleakala National Park from 1988 to 2005, Mary Evanson, co-founder of the non-profit Friends of Haleakala National Park (FHNP), and Dr. Fern Duvall, ornithologist, conservationist, and FHNP board member for over 20 years.  FHNP supports the Park’s mission to preserve and protect Haleakala's unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated Native Hawaiian culture.  For more information, and to apply, go to  Application deadline is April 22, 2023

Annual Meeting Summary 

The Friends of Haleakala held its annual  meeting March 22, 2023 at the UH college. Chris Warren, the Forest Bird Coordinator for Haleakala National Park, shared his experience from the field on forest birds and the efforts to stop avian malaria. Haleakala National Park Superintendent Natalie Gates and Chief of Interpretation, Education & Volunteers Jin Prugsawan gave an updates on programs in the park. Olena Alec reviewed the mission of the Haleakala Conservancy. Finally,  the FHNP board reviewed their past years activities and presented plans for next year.   Mary Santa Maria, Laura Miller,  Kiope Raymond and Mike Jacob were elected to fill positions on the board of directors.   

Listen to an audio recording of the meeting at Annual Meeting Audio

View slides from Chis Warren, Forest Birds of Maui

View slides from Jin Prugsawan, Parkwide Updates

Read a review of FHNP activities in 2022 and pans for 2023 in FHNP Review

Overnight Trips  
  December's trip to Kapalaoa cabin was a great success. See photos at  

The planned trip to Kipahulu was cancelled due to weather and will be re-scheduled. 

See the Service trip page for the 2023 schedule.. 

Wear Your Love of Haleakalā NP

Friends of Haleakalā branded shirts and hooded pull-overs are available for purchase via on-line seller bonfire.  Profits from the sale of these items help support the FHNP and our mission.   These quality shirts sport a beautiful design of nēnē overlooking the Park, created by talented local artist and FHNP board member,  Maggie Sutrov.   They are available in several colors and styles and sizes.  Purchase one for yourself, and maybe one for everyone on your holiday gift list.  

Order your now at    


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

Andy Fox, co-President
Matt Wordeman, co-President
Mele Stokesberry, Secretary 
Mary Santa Maria, Vice President
Laura Miller, Treasurer
Kiope Raymond, Director
Mike Jacob, Director
Elizabeth Speith, Director

 Advisory Board
Martha E. Martin

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