Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Last summer, park wildlife biologists overnighted on Mauna Loa, and at high elevation observed very bright lights below in the vicinity of the park's headquarters area. Further investigation showed it was Kilauea Military Camp, which operates under a special use permit in the park. Subsequently, park staff worked extensively with KMC to make significant improvements, returning dark skies to the park, benefiting both night-flying seabirds and visitors. Read more
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park archeologists brought field archeology activities to middle school students at neighboring Kea‘au Middle School earlier this year. Students joined rangers outside for a simulated hands-on experience of what park archeologists do in the field. Read more
Keiki (children) from local communities completed an exciting four-day summer junior ranger program exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The program, which began more than 30 years ago, sparks their enthusiasm for discovery by connecting the children with the park’s resources and staff. A special emphasis on what is distinctly Hawaiian is a mainstay of the curriculum. There is no cost to participate. Read more
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Facebook page reaches a diverse community of more than 35,000 “virtual visitors.” In early 2014, the park formed a multi-disciplinary social media team so content would continue to be fresh and informative, and as diverse as our Facebook ‘ohana (family). Our goal was to put the “social” into our social media strategy, by letting each program have a voice on what they feel is important for visitors to know about the park. Read more
More than 500 commercial tour guides representing 160 companies on Hawai‘i Island have completed training seminars in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and have a deeper understanding of the biology, geology, and Hawaiian cultural connection of the park to share with their guests. Read more
Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.