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.
FRIENDS IS HONORED TO BE A MAJOR SPONSOR of the BIOBLITZ!
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.
About the National Park Service More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Friends is proud to be one of the major sponsors for the My Hawai’i Story Contest.
The 2015 My Hawai‘i creative writing contest is open to all middle school students (6-8th grade) in the state. Students are invited to submit their best story or poem that addresses this year’s theme, “Hanohano Hawai‘i Kuauli: Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaii’s Ecosystems.”
Entries should tell a story, not simply share information. Acrostic poems will not be accepted.
* All middle school students in Hawai‘i are eligible.
* Only one entry per student will be accepted.
* All entries must be submitted electronically.
(No mailed entries will be accepted.)
Submit entries online at:
Entries are due by 5:00pm on March 6, 2015. PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION. MyHawaii2015
The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) has selected Elizabeth Fien as Executive Director.
Fien will be responsible for implementation and oversight of all aspects of the nonprofit group’s operation, including conservation, stewardship, development, external relations, governance, and general management. She will also will lead the organization as it prepares for the celebration of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 100th anniversary in 2016.
Fien is the first to hold the Executive Director position for the Friends. FHVNP was previously managed by an all-volunteer board of directors. She has been with the organization since 2012 and previously served as its Education & Development Coordinator and Director of Development.
Since her tenure with FHVNP, Fien has doubled the organization’s income, obtained over $140,000 in grants, and formed a partnership with the Volcano House Hotel providing educational tours of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. She also established significant financial support from the Geist Foundation and several other foundations for the park’s Youth Ranger Internship program.
Fien brings to the FHVNP a 20-year track record of successful leadership, management and fundraising. Fien spent the early part of her career in legal health care management with Rocky Mountain Health Care Corporation in Denver. After moving to Hawai‘i in 1995, she worked as a non-profit consultant raising funds for Bridge House, Friends of Waimanalo Library, and the Waimanalo Health Center, where she served as Board President from 2007-2009.
“I am humbled and honored to help lead and collaborate on the important work that lies ahead for the Friends – an organization that has made such a difference to all of us who love Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and this part of Hawai‘i,” Fien said. “With ambitious goals to engage more youth in the park, balance the visitor experience and use with resource protection, and strengthen community involvement and support, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is an exciting place to be as we approach the park’s centennial. “
A 20-year resident of Hawai‘i with six years in Volcano, Fien has a deep passion for Hawai‘i youth, geography and conservation. She has been a foster parent in Hawai‘i for 17 years and has two adopted children.
Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is an independent nonprofit organization located in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Our mission is to support the National Park Service in the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Since 2009, FHVNP has provided over $700,000 in support of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park programs and projects such as forest restoration, Youth Ranger Internship Program, Junior Ranger Program, Digital Mountain Film Festival, Climate Change Exhibit, and more.
Aloha Members & Friends,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of FHVNP, we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
We have a lot of news and exciting happenings in store for 2015. An e-blast will be arriving in the next few weeks.
Start the holidays off right and help FHVNP in the process!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm – Purchase delicious baked goodies and poinsettias. Volcano Golf Course Subdivision (next to Holiday House).
DIRECTIONS – On Highway 11 in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, go to mile marker 30 (Pi’imauna Drive). Drive through the golf course approximately one mile – last street before the winery turn left (Pukeawe Circle). Look for the tents and FHVNP sign.
POINSETTIAS ARE AVAILABLE for purchase here on our website – PICK-UP ONLY, no delivery or shipping.
Go to our SHOP section of our website to pre-order 4 inch or 6 inch pot poinsettias.
4 inch – $5.50
6 inch – $8.50
Want to know more about what the youth did this year? Read all about it!
The National Park Service celebrates its 98th birthday on Monday August 25, Founders Day, and entrance is free to all fee-charging national parks in America, including Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
We hope to see you on Monday!