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  • April 22, 2014 - Temporary Closure of Mauna Loa Strip Road

    During the week of the 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii, travel on the Mauna Loa Strip Road in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be restricted to hiking, biking and official motor vehicle traffic only. More »

Green Park - Green Planet

Image of Earth with green, yellow, orange, and red, showing increased global warming.

Image of Earth showing increased global warming.

NOAA

"Earth's climate is changing,
with global temperature now rising
at a rate unprecedented in the
experience of modern human society."
- Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, 2004

The challenge of climate change allows parks to serve as very visible models for climate friendly actions. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Parks participated in a Climate Friendly Parks Workshop with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have completed the needed steps to become recognized as a Climate Friendly Parks member. We are leading the way in the effort to protect your parks natural resources and ensure their preservation for future generations.

Change has always been a powerful force of nature. National parks and the stories they represent help us understand and appreciate how much our lives are influenced by change. They illustrate for us how interconnected we are with our environment whenever change occurs.

As individuals and families, you can make a difference by following the tips listed in the links below:

 
Climate Friendly Family Workbook

Are You a Climate Friendly Family?
Join the Challenge and Find Out!

National Park Service Workbook (pdf - 442KB)

 

Fact: If every American home replaced just one light with an ENERGY STAR light, we would save enough energy to light about 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.

State of the Birds: Hawai'i
Rising sea levels and temperatures threaten birds.

EPA: Climate Change Information

 
 

Did You Know?

`iliahi is the Hawaiian name for sandalwood.

During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).