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Contact: Jessica Ferracane/Public Affairs, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i – Nearly 100 volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, May 15 and 16, 2015.
Themed I ka nānā no a 'ike ("By observing, one learns"), the BioBlitz is a celebration of biodiversity and Hawaiian culture. It will bring together more than 150 leading scientists and traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners, more than 750 students and thousands of visitors and residents. Together, they will be dispatched across the park's 333,086 acres to explore and document the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rain forests of Kīlauea volcano.
Volunteers are needed to make the two-day event a success, and are encouraged to sign up for one or both days online by May 1. Many volunteer opportunities are available, even for someone who's never been to the park before, including festival assistants, set-up and break-down, and data entry. Opportunities that require park knowledge and a bit of advance training include inventory site managers and assistants, and school liaisons to board arriving school buses to excite the keiki and lead the driver to student experiences. Traffic directors are also needed, and require four hours of advance training provided by the park.
"It's always great to be part of something spectacular and fun," said volunteer coordinator Kūpono McDaniel. Lunch will be provided and every volunteer will earn an exclusive Dietrich Varez designed tee shirt to commemorate their participation, he said.
For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Kūpono McDaniel at 808-985-6015, or via email.