Mauna Loa and Nāmakanipaio Campground Closures
March 15, 2014 - Due to high wind advisories, Mauna Loa is closed to backcountry hiking or camping, Mauna Loa Road is closed beyond Kīpukapuaulu (Bird Park) and Nāmakanipaio campground is closed to tent camping due to possible falling tree limbs. More »
Meet Volunteer Sandy
The most compelling experience to bring me to volunteer at the park is I wanted to give back after retirement. Most of my life I visited National Parks and loved them all and thought how great it would be to work or volunteer in one when I retired. So, after retirement, I began.
The reason I choose to volunteer for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is simply that this one has volcanoes. How interesting is that? I visited the park many years ago as a young adult and did not forget it. I applied and have been coming to HVO for three months for the past 6 years.
I hope to bring to the park my time, energy and dedication. I have fond memories here of not only a beautiful, unique park, but great people. Meeting, studying and working with people from all over the world has enriched my life. My only regret is that I should have done this earlier in my life.
Did You Know?
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).