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Oral History Interview with Patti Welton via zoom on March 3, 2021. Interview was conducted by Alana Kanahele. This project was a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Center for Oral History and the National Park Service.
Patricia “Patti” Carol Welton was born in Northridge, California on January 7th, 1961. She has always been an avid traveler. After graduating from college, Patti spent two years traveling the world exploring ecological landscapes. At the end of her adventures, she was accepted into the Botany program at UH Mānoa in 1988 as a master’s student and moved to Oʻahu soon thereafter. Patti’s master’s thesis focused on the natural area reserve of Oʻahu’s Waiʻanae Mountains. It was during this research that she met her husband, Bill Haus, who was working on fences in the area with the Division of Forest and Wildlife. Bill and Patti both went on to have extensive careers as scientists at Haleakalā National Park. Patti continues to serve as a botanist at Haleakalā National Park.
Last updated: January 20, 2022