Service Trip to Paliku - May 27-30 2023
FHNP will host an overnight service trip to Paliku over the holiday weekend. Please join and and help remove invasive plants while enjoying the wilderness. This is a strenuous backpacking trip. The group will stay in the Ranger's cabin at Paliku for three nights. There is more information on the Service Trips page on this website. To register for the trip, or for more information, contact the trip leader: email@example.com
Reeser, Evanson, Duvall memorial scholarships
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 https://fhnp.org/scholarships
Application deadline is April 22, 2023
SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED (update 5/18/2023)
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
Service trip to Kipahulu re-scheduled for April 14-16
The service trip to Kipahulu, previously cancelled due to weather, has been re-scheduled for April 14-16. Please see the service trip page for more information and contact trip leaders Laura Miller or Mike Fleenor to sign up.
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)927-3288 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
Mike Jacob, 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 ~