My Hawai’i Story Contest 2015

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

Friends Selects Executive Director

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.

Stay tuned…


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




Fall 2014 Newsletter is Here!

Want to know more about what is happening at Friends?  Go to the Newsletter Section of our website and read our latest and greatest.

Halemaumau August 2013 by Charlene Meyers

FREE Day in the Park – August 25, 2014

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!


The FHVNP office re-opened after hurricane Iselle on Monday, August 11, 2014.

We appreciate everyone’s support and well wishes.  We are still having internet difficulties – If you sent an email and have not received a reply, please send the email again or call our office at (808) 985-7373.

Mahalo nui loa!

Photo Credit: A. Valencia

Photo Credit:  A. Valencia




Office Closed on August 7

For the safety of our staff, due to hurricane Iselle our office will be closed on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

We will post updates when possible here on our website, and on Facebook.