Working under the theme of I ka nānā no a ’ike (“By observing, one Learns”), traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners, “alakai’i,” were integrated into the survey teams, providing a holistic approach to the research and exploration activities. More than 170 leading scientists and alakai’i, teamed with thousands of public participants of all ages to explore one of the most fascinating biological landscapes in the world. Together they documented species that thrive in ecosystems from sea level to the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. Exciting finds included 22 new species added to the park’s species list, and sightings of 73 threatened species, including the nēnē and Kamehameha butterfly. The number of fungi species on the park’s list more than doubled, with 17 new fungi documented at the close of the event. Find out more on the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park website.
Watch the video below to see how local students helped Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park get ready for the 2015 BioBlitz, and be sure to read about the experiences of the NPS Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors on their blog. You can also see more photos and videos by following along on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. For more information, visit the National Geographic Society website.