Event Details

Date & Time
02/23/2013 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee Information
$25.00 members / $35.00 non-members
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Program Details:

Peek behind the scenes to view the nursery, learn about endangered plant species, see florae thriving in various areas of the park, tour the herbarium, and visit the bird and wildlife collection.

A presentation by Dr. Rhonda Loh and her staff will include a tour of the park's rare plant propagation facility, where participants will see some of the rarest species on earth. From the coast to the alpine summit of Mauna Loa, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - a World Heritage Site -- protects a wide diversity of ecosystems and habitat for native Hawaiian plants and animals. Despite their protected status, native species face numerous threats from invasive plants, bird malaria, wildfires, and introduced goats, sheep, pigs, and rats inside the park-as well as habitat loss outside park boundaries.

We are given an opportunity to see the park's research collection of botanical and zoological specimens. We will join botanist Linda Pratt and wildlife biologist Dr. Thane Pratt for a tour of the treasure trove held in this mini-museum. Nearly all species of plants and birds known to live, or to have once lived, in the park are represented.

This institute is limited to 20 participants, and registration is required. Park entrance fees apply.


Dr. Rhonda Loh is Chief of Natural Resources Management at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. She received her M.A. in Chemistry from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Rhonda began her work with the National Park Service in 1989 as a volunteer biologist for Hawai'i Volcanoes. As Vegetation Program Manager from 1998-2006, she directed programs dealing with management of disruptive invasive weeds, recovery of federally listed native plant species, fire ecology, habitat restoration, and vegetation mapping. Rhonda currently leads the Natural Resources Division in the protection and recovery of native Hawaiian ecosystems, flora, and fauna in the park. She also serves as a certified faculty member in the Tropical Conservation & Environmental Science graduate program at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. In 2004, Rhonda received the Regional Director's Resources Management Award in recognition of excellence, achievements, and contributions to the National Park Service.

Thane Pratt retired in 2009 from a 20-year career as a wildlife biologist with the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, based in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The culmination of years of the Center's bird research was the book Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds (Yale University Press, 2009), with Thane as chief editor. Born in Honolulu, he attended Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, then earned his B.A. in Biology and Ecology from Colby College and his Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University. Thane is currently a Research Associate at Bishop Museum, an Alternate Trustee on the Cooke Foundation, a docent at the Volcano Art Center, and writing a second edition of Birds of New Guinea (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Linda Pratt is a botanist with the U. S. Geological Survey, Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center, and Kīlauea Field Station. She has carried out botanical research in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park for more than 25 years and is the co-author (with Charles Stone) of Hawai'i's Plants and Animals: Biological Sketches of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. She holds a M.S. in Botanical Sciences from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and a B. S. in Biology from the University of Miami.

Where to Meet:

Participants provide their own transportation to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. From Highway 11, between mile markers 28 and 29, turn into Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees apply). Meet at the Kīlauea Visitor Center, outside under the lānai by the horizontal relief map. We will carpool from there. Approximate travel from Hilo is 1 hour and from Kailua-Kona is 3 hours. To view maps, visit http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Cost & Registration

This event is presented by the Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute, an educational seminar sponsored by the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, a non-profit organization. Program cost is $25 for Friends members and $35 for non-members. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to get the member discount. Proceeds support the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park educational programs.

To register, visit www.fhvnp.org, email institute@fhvnp.org, or call (808) 985-7373. Your registration is confirmed when you pay by credit card over the phone or on our website, or when we receive a check payable to: Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP), P.O. Box 653, Volcano, HI 96785.

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Kīlauea Visitor Center

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee Information:
$25.00 members / $35.00 non-members

Contact Name:
Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Contact Email:
e-mail us

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P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718


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