Wind, Wings, and Waves

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Across vast expanses of ocean, life eventually came to the barren volcanic islands in the form of seeds, spores, insects, spiders, birds, and small plants.

 
They drifted on the wind, floated on the ocean currents or hitched a ride on migrating or storm-driven birds. Many groups of organisms (amphibians, reptiles, social insects, and almost all land mammals) were unable to make the long journey, while some arrived but did not survive in their new home. It is estimated that an average of only one species every 35,000 years successfully colonized the islands.

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Mailing Address:

Haleakalā National Park
PO Box 369

Makawao, HI 96768

Phone:

(808) 572-4400
For general park information, please call us at (808) 572-4400. -Summit Area -Crater Area -Hiking Trails -Camping -Back country travel -Cabin reservations Our recorded message is available 24-hours a day and will likely contain an answer to your question. To speak to a park representative, call the same number and press 0 during our office hours of 8:00 am - 3:45 pm HST. Kipahulu (Coastal Area) Please call 248-7375 during our office hours of 9am-5pm HST.

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