Unfortunately, many plants found in the park are invading the native ecosystem, choking out the native vegetation and damaging archeological sites. The park is battling these alien invaders with pesticides, vegetation removal and out-planting native species.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the ki'i (carved wooden images) found throughout the park are carved from the 'ōhi'a tree? This tree grows in the uplands of Hawai'i and is among the first plants to colonize new lava flows.