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.,


Forest Restoration – ADDED Project – December 12

We are pleased to announce an added Forest Restoration Project for 2013.  Normally, we do not do a project in December.  However, this year we have an opportunity to do a planting project on December 12.  Please visit our “Events” section for details and you can sign-up to volunteer!

Mahalo to all of our dedicated volunteers this year.

October Forest Restoration Project SUCCESS!



Our recent planting at Kahuku was awesome. The park really appreciates the work we do. What a pleasure it is to work with you all.

Thanks for the planting and helping move things around from site to site.

Photos by Carol Johnson


Here are the plants and numbers:

Kauila 21

Aalii 196

Ohia 16

Naio 50

Hoawa 116

Total: 399

Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


Carol & Mark Johnson

“Our first visit to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in 1979 showed us beauty and the excitement of adventure. Years later, we discovered FHVNP and became members.  We have since participated in amazing institute programs and have joined the Friends’ Forest Restoration Committee. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting people who care and are curious to learn. When families and children join in planting natives or removing invasives, we all go home with smiles and the nice feeling that being outdoors experiencing nature brings.”

Forest Restoration Re-scheduled from October 18 to October 25

Good news volunteers and forest lovers – The October 18 Forest Restoration Project that was cancelled due to the government shutdown has been RESCHEDULED!

JOIN US – Friday, October 25 from 9 am to 3 pm.   We will be planting native seedlings in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku area.


For details on how you can volunteer, please go to our “Events” page.



During the government shutdown, Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park today, and everyday are supporting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

The closure may be temporary, but the park will always need support.  This time, more than ever, we need to stay involved.

What can you do?

  • Become a Friends’ member or renew your membership
  • Designate a donation to your favorite project/program
  • Volunteer for future programs and events

We are also committed to providing alternative experiences for our members and visitors alike.  Check out our upcoming institutes.  All proceeds from our  institutes support the park.

We are OPEN for business – Email:  • website:  • call (808) 985-7373.

FOREST RESTORATION – Mahalo Volunteers!

We want to thank our volunteers and everyone on the Forest Restoration Committee!  The May 17 Forest Restoration Project was a great success.

The volunteers helped plant and mulch 60 understory plants to create a pocket forest to educate visitors. We hope to see you on other projects – the next one is June 15 ginger removal.

Martin LeDuc Memorial Fund

MARTIN RICHARD LEDUCYour time volunteering must be valued but we can never put a value on that time. How can you value something that is priceless?

Martin LeDuc passed away on November 12 and we are saddened to lose such a vibrant member of our community and Friends’ Volunteer Extraordinaire.

From his tireless work with forest restoration, creating tools (never losing his millwright skills), to his generous donations to our 4th of July auction, working in our office, his kind words, funny stories – Martin LeDuc you will be missed!

Martin was born in Detroit, Michigan and worked as a millwright in automobile factories and power plants.  He lived in the Glenwood area of our island and is survived by brothers, Richard and James; sister, Cyndi; and one aunt.

If you would like to make a donation to Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Memory of Martin LeDuc, you may do so here

or mail your donation indicating “Martin LeDuc Memorial Fund” on your check to FHVNP, PO Box 653, Volcano Hawai’i 96785.







Forest Restoration 2012 and Beyond

Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park are grateful to all of the volunteers that have worked on our Forest Restoration projects this year. Mahalo to everyone for your hard work! We have many successes to share.

Stay tuned for a pictorial walk through all the projects that were completed in 2012. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our Saturday, November 17, 2012 Forest Restoration Project is FULL and we are no longer signing up volunteers for this project. However, there are many opportunities to volunteer in 2013.

Please check out the events planned for 2013, starting with our January Forest Restoration Project –  Friday, January 18, 2013, this date falls on a Federal & State Holiday (Martin Luther King Day).  What a great time to volunteer!


Cheryl Jackson

“I had read about the Friends’ volunteer opportunities in the paper and finally committed to attend the 2008 annual meeting.  I have been a member and volunteer ever since.  I usually volunteer to staff the Friends booth at the park’s annual cultural festival and to help out on National Public Lands Day and other fee-free days by standing at the park entrance stations educating visitors about the Friends and asking for donations.  I also serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.”