36th Annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival & BioBlitz

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE!

Join us in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park for this exciting event.

This year’s festival honors the park’s centennial anniversary. Themed E Ho‘omau (to perpetuate; to continue in a way that causes good to be long-lasting), the 36th annual cultural festival invites people of all ages to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts.

This year’s festival will again include a “BioBlitz,” a fun and hands-on opportunity to observe and document the biodiversity that thrives in the lava flows and native forests of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes, led by individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture. Visitors can learn about the importance of conservation and biodiversity through interactive exhibits at the festival.

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JULY 4 Fundraiser a success. MAHALO!

Mahalo to all of our members for volunteering at our July 4 Silent Auction. Welcome to our new members and all who supported the event.

Your donations support so many vital park programs and projects.

Again, Mahalo nui loa!


MAHALO KapohoKine Adventure Tours


We are so grateful for all of the support Kapohokine Adventures does for Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

For the past three year, Kapohokine has been the “Official Transportation” for the Youth Ranger Internship Training Program.,



We have been actively making many changes to our website, and fixing glitches.  You should now be able to register and pay (if paid event) here on our website.  During checkout, it still asks you to go to PayPal.  NOTE:  you do not need a PayPal account to pay.  It will take you to their landing page, but you can still pay using your credit card without signing up for an account.

In the next few days, there will be the added feature to pay directly with your credit or debit card without taking you to the PayPal landing page.

We appreciate your patience.

FYI – Forest Restoration project Registration still needs to go through the forest restoration email.


Elizabeth Fien

Executive Director


Happy Holidays from Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park!

Aloha Members & Friends,

Having been with Friends for almost 4 years now, one thing that stands out above and beyond all else is PASSION.  Each person I have met cares deeply and genuinely for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. I am honored to be in such a committed community. With over 25 years working with non-profits, I have a deep appreciation for dedicated and hard-working volunteers and staff. Having worked in both the for-profit world and the not-for-profit world, I know that there is no greater reward than the opportunity to work with passionate volunteers in an outstanding organization.

2015 has been an amazing year.  We supported so many projects and programs (not all listed):

  • Youth Ranger Program – 28 youth hired in 2015 – over $40,000 cash support and $10,000 in-kind support
  • Jr. Ranger Program – in partnership with Hawai’I Pacific Parks Association provided a three-day program to 24 youth.
  • Restoration of the Herb Kane work in the Jaggar Museum
  • BioBlitz & Cultural Festival – over $20,000 of cash and in-kind support
  • Provided 82 Institutes on Demand (private educational tours) to visitors from around the world, including 7 school groups.
  • Provided 6 Regular Institutes
  • Supported the park’s Artist in Residence Program
  • Presented 380 programs at the Volcano House, connecting over 2,500 people to the park
  • Received $100,000 grant to restore the Ohia Wing Lobby (happening in early 2016)
  • Removed thousands of invasive plant species
  • Planted thousands of native plant species
  • Hired new full-time support staff
  • Installed our first Executive Director
  • Supported the park’s safety fair
  • Supported the Nene program
  • Increased our organization’s income by 44% (since 2014)

Thank you for your continued support. I am eager to see how much we can accomplish
together in the next year supporting our beloved park!

Best wishes during the Holiday Season,

Elizabeth Fien
Executive Director

Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon

The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invite its members to the Annual Membership Meeting to be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

This event is the annual celebration of our organization as we come together in fellowship and reaffirm our partnership with the National Park Service at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The membership will vote on a new slate of board directors, including those seeking re-election and present board members. We will say a fond aloha to our out-going board president Natalie Pfeifer.

Check-in begins at 10:45 am. The meeting will begin at 11:00 am, followed by lunch at noon, catered by the Green Goose.

Please RSVP by September 11, 2015 – Call (808) 985-7373 or email: admin@fhvnp.org

Friends Welcomes New Staff member Ellen Quier

We are pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Ellen Quier – Executive Administrative Assistant.

After her first trip to Hawaii in 2006 she knew this is where she wanted to call home.  Ellen moved from Pennsylvania to the Big Island in 2010.  Ellen and her husband, Sterling reside in the home they built in Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos.  Prior to moving to Hawaii, Ellen spent 25 years working in a financial analyst role in multiple industries, from publishing, medical device company, food distribution, medical care, and transportation.  She also served as a real estate tax collector and treasurer for a cemetery.  Ellen previously worked part-time with the Friends in 2011-2012.   Most recently, she was a data analyst at West Hawaii Community Health Center for the past 3-1/2 years.  In her free time, Ellen enjoys golf and exploring the island with their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Dexter.

Ellen Quier



Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to Host BioBlitz 2015

Sign Up Now to Join Top Scientists, Students and the Public in a Race to Count Species and Celebrate the Connection of Science and Hawaiian Culture

May 15 and 16, 2015

35th Annual Cultural Festival Moved to May and Expanded to Include Biodiversity

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s diverse ecological zones provide refuge for many distinct plant and animal communities, including endangered endemic species such as the nēnē (Hawaiian goose), and the Mauna Loa silversword, which flowers only once in its life. The fascinating geology and biology are vital components of the cultural heritage of indigenous Hawaiian people. To better understand, appreciate and protect this natural and cultural treasure, the National Park Service and National Geographic are hosting a two-day BioBlitz species count and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015.

Themed I ka nānā no a ‘ike (“By observing, one learns”), the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz is part scientific endeavor, part outdoor classroom excursion and part celebration of biodiversity and culture. It will bring together more than 150 leading scientists and traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners, more than 750 students and thousands from the general public. 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.

“We are honored to host BioBlitz 2015,” said Cindy Orlando, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s superintendent. “BioBlitz provides an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside leading scientists and cultural practitioners to discover, count and add to the park’s species list; to explore the interconnectedness of plants, animals, Hawaiian people and our daily lives; and to protect this amazing biodiversity and rich culture in our park.”

In connection with the BioBlitz opportunity, the park is moving its 35th annual Cultural Festival from July to May this year and expanding it to include biodiversity. At the two-day festival, visitors of all ages will discover how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards, embodying “I ka nānā no a ‘ike” principles that continue today. The Biodiversity & Cultural Festival will offer hands-on science and cultural exhibits, food, art and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture — and to learn how to join their efforts. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz is the ninth in a series of 10 BioBlitzes co-hosted by National Geographic and the National Park Service at different national parks across the country, leading up the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.

“Each year, the BioBlitz evolves,” said John Francis, National Geographic’s vice president of Research, Conservation and Exploration. “Last year we moved away from paper data sheets and used smartphones and the iNaturalist app to photograph, identify and map species finds, adding more detailed information to both Park Service and international species databases. This year, we are going to build on that and blend technology with Hawaiian culture. This exciting, holistic approach will enhance our appreciation for the amazing resources in this breathtaking park and establish a more complete model for scientific exploration in Hawai‘i and around the globe.”

A longtime partner of the National Park Service, the National Geographic Society helped draft legislation to establish the Service in 1916. It has given many grants to create and sustain national parks across the United States and has extensively covered the parks in its media for nearly a century. The BioBlitz program is the latest successful collaboration between the two partners. The first BioBlitz took place in 2007 at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. Others have been held at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California in 2008; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2009; Biscayne National Park in Florida in 2010; Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011; Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado, in 2012; Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve outside New Orleans in 2013; and last year in Golden Gate National Parks in Northern California. Smaller-scale events take place throughout the year at various national parks across the country. For more information, visit nature.nps.gov/biology/biodiversity/.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz has been made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherfoord Jr., the Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation, Edmund C. Olson Trust II, Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Additionally, generous corporate support for the event has been provided by Kona Brewing Company, KapohoKine Adventures, First Hawaiian Bank, Roberts Hawai‘i, Alaska Airlines and Big Island Candies. In-kind donations from local business and organizations have been received from Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company LLC, KTA Super Stores, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i Forest & Trail and Aloha Crater Lodge.

How to Get Involved:

Public registration is now open. To be part of a scientist-led inventory team, participants must register online at nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz. Participation on inventory teams is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come basis. Children ages 8 and older, accompanied by adults, may participate in the free inventory opportunities.

Everybody can enjoy hands-on fun at the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival. BioBlitz base camp and the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival will be located at the Kahua Hula overlooking Halema‘uma‘u Crater near the Kīlauea Visitors Center in the park. No registration is required for the festival. Entrance fees are waived for both days. To learn more about BioBlitz and the festival, visit nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz or call (800) 638-6400, ext. 6186. For more information about the parks, visit nps.gov/havo.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


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