• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Stewardship at the Summit!

Paul and Jane Field
Paul and Jane Field Removing Invasive Himalayan Ginger
NPS Photo / Jessica Ferracane
 

Volunteers Paul and Jane Field lead "Stewardship at the Summit" and you are invited to participate!

Come help out the park and the 'aina (land) by cutting invasive himalayan ginger (Heydechium gardnerianum) on park trails. Loppers and gloves are provided. Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and close toed shoes. Work is often in the shade of the forest with sweet sounds of native honey creepers like 'apapane, 'amakihi and 'ōma'o above to serenade as you work. Water, snacks, rain gear and sun protection are recommended.

This project is open to the public and school groups. The hike is around a 1 mile, moderate round trip into Kīlauea caldera down the Halem'auma'u trail, leaving from Kīlauea Visitor Center. The hike involves walking over rough uneven terrain on a dirt and rock path, with up to a 400' elevation change.

General Public: No reservations required. Check at Kīlauea Visitor Center for more information or contact Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita 808-985-6013 or email Andrea.

School Groups: A special version called Mālama Āina - Stewardship is available for school groups, grades 5 - college, by submitting a Program Request Form.

Please visit the Educational Programs for School Groups page for more information.

Time:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

 
Dates:
Friday September 26, 2014
Saturday October 4, 2014
Wednesday October 8, 2014
Saturday October 18, 2014
Friday October 24, 2014
Friday October 31, 2014
Friday November 7, 2014
Saturday November 15, 2014
Friday November 21, 2014
Saturday November 29, 2014
Wednesday December 3, 2014
Friday December 12, 2014
Friday December 19, 2014
Saturday December 27, 2014

Did You Know?

Lei made of `a`ali`i and native ferns.

`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.