Annual Meeting - March 22
The Friends of Haleakala will hold its annual meeting March 22, 2023 at the UH college Ka`aike Building, room 105CD starting at 5:30PM with a meet and greet. At 6:00 Chris Warren the Forest Bird Coordinator for Haleakala National Park who will share his experience from the field on forest birds and the efforts to stop avian malaria. Following the presentation, Haleakala National Park Superintendent Natalie Gates and Chief of Interpretation, Education & Volunteers Jin Prugsawan Harlow will give an update on the status of the park. Next the FHNP board will review activities over the past year and discuss plans for next year. FHNP members will then elect board members to empty seats on the FHNP board of directors. You can become a member for a year by donating $30 to the FHNP. Donations will be accepted at the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Opportunity to comment on BLNR plan to help endangered forest birds - deadline 3/23
On March 24th, DLNR-DOFAW will request BLNR approval of the Final EA and authorization for the Chairperson to issue a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for this effort to stabilize and recover populations of critically endangered Hawaiian forest birds. Please take a moment to submit written testimony and sign up to testify orally (via Zoom). The agenda (item C-2) and instructions on how to provide testimony are posted at: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/.../upl.../2023/03/Agenda-230324.pdf. And the Final EA is posted at: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/C-2-1.pdf
Send in your manaʻo by March 23, 2023, at 09:00 AM to ensure the Board has your testimony before the meeting. Late testimony is accepted, but it is not guaranteed the Board will review it before the meeting.
Reeser / Evanson / Duvall
Memorial Scholarship Grants - deadline 4/22
Scholarship grants of $1,000 USD each 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. Deadline for application is April 22. 2023. For application details see Scholarship2023
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 call Mary SantaMaria at (808)572-1584 and leave a message.
You must register with Mary to participate.
December's trip to Kapalaoa cabin was a great success. See photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/88062889@N04/albums/72177720304541376
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 https://www.bonfire.com/wear-your-love-of-haleakala-crater/
Native Plant Events -
Volunteer in the Greenhouse
The first Tuesday of each month the Friends organizes a work day to help care for the native plants in the greenhouse in the summit district of Haleakala National Park. To sign up or to learn more, please call Mary SantaMaria at (808)572-1584 and leave a message.
Volunteers will help 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.
Those interested should call Mary at (808)572-1584 for a reservation.
Participants should bring water, lunch and snacks, and their own gloves if desired. The park will provide other tools. Wear sturdy shoes, and in case of out planting work, bring a hat and sunscreen.
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
Andy Fox, co-President
Matt Wordeman, co-President
Mele Stokesberry, Secretary
Mary Santa Maria, Vice President
Laura Miller, Treasurer
Kiope Raymond, Director
Tano Taitano, Director
Elizabeth Speith, Director
Chris Ikaika Nakahashi
Martha E. Martin
Friends of Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 322 ~ Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 876-1673 ~