NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – July 6, 2016

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Puapo‘o Lava Tube is almost as large and open as Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). Hikers will need to climb down a 15 foot (4.6 m) ladder into the tube, scramble over large, loose and slippery rocks and walk over uneven terrain with minimal light while in the lava tube. Hikers will also need to walk in a crouched position for about 25 feet (8 m) under a low, 4-foot (1.2 m) ceiling. The tube exit requires a fairly difficult climb/scramble up a pile of boulders.

This NPS tour is approximately 2 – 3 hours in duration.  For an in-depth (all day) exploration that includes lunch, commemorative coin and Certificate of Completion, check out our Wild Caves Exploration Institute brought to you by the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute.

WHAT TO BRING:

Required items:

  1. Long pants – No shorts or Capris will be allowed
  2. Hiking boots or completely enclosed shoes – No sandals or open-toe shoes will be allowed
  3. Water – 1 to 2 quarts/person
  4. Flashlights

Notes: You will be turned away if you are missing any of the above items. There is nowhere within 30 miles of the park to acquire longs pants and hiking boots. Refunds will not be given due to missing items listed above.

Optional, but highly recommended items:

  1. Lightweight rain jacket – we will be hiking through the rainforest.
  2. Long sleeved shirt – Pua Po‘o may be wet and cold
  3. Camera – no tripods or selfie sticks will be allowed
  4. Snacks

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  1. Helmets
  2. Gloves
  3. Headlamps

WHERE TO MEET:

All visitors will be required to park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook and walk 0.5 miles to Nāhuku by the start of the program. This is to alleviate parking congestion at Thurston Lava Tube parking area. Note: Only visitors with confirmed paid reservations will be allowed to go on the hike. Entry into this cave is by reservation only

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – June 18, 2016

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Puapo‘o Lava Tube is almost as large and open as Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). Hikers will need to climb down a 15 foot (4.6 m) ladder into the tube, scramble over large, loose and slippery rocks and walk over uneven terrain with minimal light while in the lava tube. Hikers will also need to walk in a crouched position for about 25 feet (8 m) under a low, 4-foot (1.2 m) ceiling. The tube exit requires a fairly difficult climb/scramble up a pile of boulders.

This NPS tour is approximately 2 – 3 hours in duration.  For an in-depth (all day) exploration that includes lunch, commemorative coin and Certificate of Completion, check out our Wild Caves Exploration Institute brought to you by the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute.

WHAT TO BRING:

Required items:

  1. Long pants – No shorts or Capris will be allowed
  2. Hiking boots or completely enclosed shoes – No sandals or open-toe shoes will be allowed
  3. Water – 1 to 2 quarts/person
  4. Flashlights

Notes: You will be turned away if you are missing any of the above items. There is nowhere within 30 miles of the park to acquire longs pants and hiking boots. Refunds will not be given due to missing items listed above.

Optional, but highly recommended items:

  1. Lightweight rain jacket – we will be hiking through the rainforest.
  2. Long sleeved shirt – Pua Po‘o may be wet and cold
  3. Camera – no tripods or selfie sticks will be allowed
  4. Snacks

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  1. Helmets
  2. Gloves
  3. Headlamps

WHERE TO MEET:

All visitors will be required to park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook and walk 0.5 miles to Nāhuku by the start of the program. This is to alleviate parking congestion at Thurston Lava Tube parking area. Note: Only visitors with confirmed paid reservations will be allowed to go on the hike. Entry into this cave is by reservation only

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – June 1, 2016

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Puapo‘o Lava Tube is almost as large and open as Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). Hikers will need to climb down a 15 foot (4.6 m) ladder into the tube, scramble over large, loose and slippery rocks and walk over uneven terrain with minimal light while in the lava tube. Hikers will also need to walk in a crouched position for about 25 feet (8 m) under a low, 4-foot (1.2 m) ceiling. The tube exit requires a fairly difficult climb/scramble up a pile of boulders.

This NPS tour is approximately 2 – 3 hours in duration.  For an in-depth (all day) exploration that includes lunch, commemorative coin and Certificate of Completion, check out our Wild Caves Exploration Institute brought to you by the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute.

WHAT TO BRING:

Required items:

  1. Long pants – No shorts or Capris will be allowed
  2. Hiking boots or completely enclosed shoes – No sandals or open-toe shoes will be allowed
  3. Water – 1 to 2 quarts/person
  4. Flashlights

Notes: You will be turned away if you are missing any of the above items. There is nowhere within 30 miles of the park to acquire longs pants and hiking boots. Refunds will not be given due to missing items listed above.

Optional, but highly recommended items:

  1. Lightweight rain jacket – we will be hiking through the rainforest.
  2. Long sleeved shirt – Pua Po‘o may be wet and cold
  3. Camera – no tripods or selfie sticks will be allowed
  4. Snacks

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  1. Helmets
  2. Gloves
  3. Headlamps

WHERE TO MEET:

All visitors will be required to park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook and walk 0.5 miles to Nāhuku by the start of the program. This is to alleviate parking congestion at Thurston Lava Tube parking area. Note: Only visitors with confirmed paid reservations will be allowed to go on the hike. Entry into this cave is by reservation only

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – May 21, 2016

The Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour is a moderate to challenging ranger guided hike through a tropical rain forest and fragile lava tube. Special care is required when entering the lava tube to insure the preservation of this unique Hawaiian lava tube and its features. Access is restricted to National Park Service & Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park ranger/FHVNP certified guided tours only. Tours will be offered once a week and limited to 12 persons/group. Due to the fragile nature of the lava tube and the moderate/challenging nature of the tour, youth under the age of 7 are prohibited. Reservations will be required at least one-week in advance. In addition, due to high interest, reservations are restricted to no more than four (4) people per group.

Tours are available once per week (NPS and Friends alternate weeks)

  1. NPS tours start at approximately 11:30 a.m. and end between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  2. Friends’ Wild Cave Exploration Institutes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
    Friends’ tours include lunch, beverage, commemorative souvenir and certificate of completion (suitable & ready for framing)

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

Forest Restoration Project – May 20, 2016

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, May 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

This month we will be doing invasive plant removal in an area on the Mauna Loa strip where we have been helping the park with native seedling planting and invasive weed control since 2009. This is a wonderful kipuka of Koa and Ohia forest with nice understory.  We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain and up and down steep slopes.  Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water and snacks. 

Also imperative is scrubbing the soles of one’s shoes prior to arrival on site, in order to ensure outside dirt/soil and invasive species aren’t tracked in. Clothing, tools, and gloves, etc. should be clean before entering the park to protect against seeds, fungus and other invasives.

Our goal is a crew of 14 people, and pre-registration is required.  All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign.

Be aware that there can be VOG or high levels of SO2 in the area.  If it is too heavy or the Park is closed, we’ll cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance.

***If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening May 16th. Please include your first & last name(s), email address(s) and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation***

Come join us for a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our National Park and participate in native forest recovery!

We look forward to working with you on many important projects this year!

Please save the dates for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2016

April 15, Friday

May 20, Friday

June 17, Friday

July 22, Friday

August 1 (no project—Park centennial starts)

August 27 (no project—Park cultural festival and BioBlitz)

September 16, Friday

October 14, Friday

November 18, Friday

(808) 985-7373
forest@fhvnp.org

Centennial Photo Institute – 3 Days Through the Lens

Attention all photography enthusiasts!

Save the dates!  October 20-23, 2016

The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will sponsor a Photo Institute in the Park as part of the Park’s 100-year anniversary.

You will partake in sunrise field trips, afternoon courses, sunset field trips, and much more! The Institute will run for 3 days and will be presented by eleven of the top photographers in the country.  You will get to meet and interact with them, and learn from these top photography professionals:

Bill Wallen:

Bill Wallen is a frequent photographer of landscape and nature photography.  After a successful 40-year career in television, Wallen now photographs birds, wildlife, and parklands for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW).  His work has been published in USFW materials, featured on park signage, and exhibited in several museums in the mid-Atlantic area, including a one-man show at The Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art, Salisbury University, Maryland.  Well-known for his photography instruction, Wallen has conducted workshops for all ages, including summer workshops for teens at The National Conversation Training Center and The Ward Museum.  He credits his parents with sparking his love of photography when they surprised him with a Kodak Brownie camera for his 7th birthday.

David Boyle:

David has enjoyed an out of control hobby (photography) for the last sixteen years. For health reasons Dave transplanted to Hawaii in 1999 and began a pursuit of photos “Pele”. Along the way he volunteered in the Hawaiian Volcanoes National park as an interpreter and photographer. A third bout of cancer in 2004 left him with diminished speech and he took up documentary photography full time. Dave has worked with all four parks on the island of Hawaii. He has also worked with Kalaupapa on Molokai and American Samoa. He has volunteered over 15,500 hours to date!

Dave’s photos have been published in numerous government documents and multiple usages in the park system. Dave’s photos are used in private residences, commercial settings and international sites and publications. When vacationing Dave photographs mainland national parks and delights in shooting family gatherings. He has a wall in his home where he hangs all the plaques, certificates, and awards he has garnered.

Visit Dave’s web for photo journeys.  www.pelesrain.com

Brian Zwitt:

Brain is a nature and outdoor photographer based in northern Virginia and is obsessed with capturing the elegance and majesty of unique landscapes, wildlife, and flora throughout the United States. His images are in private residences and corporate offices and have been used I regional magazines and for corporate and international publications. Brian teaches workshops, field trips, and classes and speaks to camera clubs, schools, and other non-profit originations on creativity and photographic techniques. He is well known for his ability to distill complex topics to their essence and explain them in a simple easy to understand ways. His favorite assistant is Dingo, his Parson Russell Terrier, who really is not very helpful but is always ready for a walk in the woods.

Steve Uzzell:

Steve Uzzell is an internationally renowned photographer and inspirational speaker. His photographic assignments have taken him to all 50 United States and 30 countries: from corporations such as Boeing and IBM to more than 100 publications including National Geographic, Smithsonian and Time. As a speaker, he has taken his message of creativity and the power of ideas to over 480 organizations, associations, corporations and colleges (in all 50 states and 6 countries, India and China among them) including the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Chase, Northrop Grumman, HSBC, Marriott, BNY Mellon and Adobe. Steve began his photography career as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of its photographic staff. He struck out on his own in 1975 and today spends six months of the year traveling the world for his photographic clients and the rest as a teacher and inspirational speaker. Along the way, Steve has published 3 books of his photography, and received 10 prestigious Communication Arts awards. www.steveuzzell.com

Susan Lambert:

Susan Lambert’s career in photography began in 1978 with a Master’s degree in Photography from Webster University.  She has worked as a photography instructor and as a commercial photographer specializing in large format architectural photography. iPhoneography has become her latest passion, having shot more than 150,000 images over the last four years.

She has published two books: “State Fair-The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” and “Minnesota County Fairs:  Kids, Cows, Carnies, and Chow”. These projects took more than four years to complete and included visiting all 87 counties in Minnesota and putting over 30,000 miles on her car in the process! She is now working on a book about the experience of living full time in an extreme RV, an Earth Roamer.

Susan’s career also includes inspirational speaking. Her presentation, “The Power of Creativity: Remembering the Things We Already Know,” is in high demand on the lecture circuit.

www.susanwlambert.com

Field Specialists:

Bill Doar – Information coming soon

Bruce Omori – Information coming soon

Janice Wei:

My passion for photography started when I was a child in Beijing, China.  Gifts from my father after his long business trips from overseas were always darkroom supplies, black & white films and photographic papers. I was always fascinated by the process of developing film and photos in the darkroom.

Photography has always been a very important part of my life, although my full-time career has been as a computer technologist.  I completed a Broadcasting and Media degree in the evenings and on the weekends. I have also worked as a part-time portrait photographer and stock photographer to satisfy my craving for creativity.

In 2012 I finally decided to quit full-time work.  I joined Peace Corps Response,  after returning to the United States I worked at Yellowstone National Park, and from December 2014 to March 2015 I spent three amazing months as a volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

I have never put my camera down during my volunteer services.  I love to capture and share the beauty of nature and people, especially America’s beautiful natural landscapes, the visitors, and the people who work for the National Parks. I especially enjoy night photography, because the cameras can magically work better than human eye at night.

Ken Goodrich:

Ken Goodrich is a photographer and video artist based on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Growing up in California, he was influenced by the classic West Coast black and white tradition exemplified by Weston, Adams and Minor White.

During his senior year at Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City, Goodrich completed his first major project, documenting the Otomi Indians of Tlacotlapilco.  The portfolio he created was used to raise money for a medical group in the area.  Returning to California, he dedicated himself to learning the fundamentals of landscape photography and portraiture.

Inspired by early pioneers of projected color imagery, he started producing shows for a variety of clients including light shows for Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop, Jefferson Starship, Jackson Browne, Country Joe McDonald, Virgil Fox and various classical music and dance concerts.

The light show work led to corporate jobs designing and implementing large scale audio visual systems and stage sets throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.  His clients included, Apple, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Chevron, and Cisco.

In 2006 he moved with his wife (and fellow photographer) to the Village of Volcano on the Big Island.  Together they founded Hawaii Photo Retreat, providing photo tours and education to photographers from around the globe.

While photography is often thought of as a “documentary” medium, Goodrich’s work uses imagery to engage the viewer on an emotional and spiritual level.  His videos and site-specific installations have been described as impressionistic marriages of light, color and sound.  Through his work, he seeks to reveal the inter-connectedness of all beings with nature and spirit.

Tanya Ortega – Information coming soon

Tom Kualii – Information coming soon

Wild Caves Exploration Insitute- Mar. 30, 2016

The Wild Cave Exploration Institute is an in-depth, moderate to challenging guided exploration through a tropical rain forest and fragile lava tube. Led my expert scientists and naturalists through our Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Special care is required when entering the Puapo’o lava tube to insure the preservation of this unique Hawaiian lava tube and its features. Access is restricted to National Park Service & the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute through Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The Wild Cave Program will be offered every other week and is limited to 12 persons/group. Due to the fragile nature of the lava tube and the moderate/challenging nature of the tour, youth under the age of 7 are prohibited. Your registration is confirmed upon payment.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Pua Po‘o Lava Tube is almost as large and open as Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). Hikers will need to climb down a 15 foot (4.6 m) ladder into the tube, scramble over large, loose and slippery rocks and walk over uneven terrain with minimal light while in the lava tube. Hikers will also need to walk in a crouched position for about 25 feet (8 m) under a low, 4-foot (1.2 m) ceiling. The tube exit requires a fairly difficult climb/scramble up a pile of boulders.

Before exploring the wild caves – Pua Po’o we will learn about the rainforest, discover native species and have many opportunities to take photos, listen to the birds sing and so much more.  After we explore the lava tubes, we will enjoy a picnic lunch, talk about what we discovered, and receive the Certificate of Completion and Commemorative Coin.

Hiking Times and Distances:

  • The hike is 5 miles roundtrip (8 km) with a 500 foot (152 m) elevation change.
  • Allow 6 hours for this wild cave program. Time spent in lava tube will be 2-3 hours.

 WHEN: Every other week (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

  1. Wild Caves Exploration Institute starts at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

COST:

  • INTRODUCTORY PRICE UNTIL JUNE 1, 2016
  • Adults $150.00    Youth (7-12) $75.00

WHERE TO MEET:

 

Meet and park at Kīlauea Iki Overlook for check-in, safety orientation and distribution of gear. Please, NO PARKING at Thurston Lava Tube parking area. Note: Only visitors with confirmed paid reservations will be allowed to go on the hike. Entry into this cave is by reservation only.

WHAT TO BRING:

Required items:

  1. Long pants – No shorts or Capris will be allowed
  2. Hiking boots or completely enclosed shoes – No sandals or open-toe shoes will be allowed
  3. Water – 1 to 2 quarts/person

Notes: You will be turned away if you are missing any of the above items. There is nowhere within 30 miles of the park to acquire longs pants and hiking boots. Refunds will not be given due to missing items listed above.

Optional, but highly recommended items:

  1. Lightweight rain jacket – we will be hiking through the rainforest.
  2. Long sleeved shirt – Pua Po‘o may be wet and cold
  3. Camera – no tripods or selfie sticks will be allowed
  4. Snacks

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  1. Helmets
  2. Gloves
  3. Headlamps
  4. Flashlights
  5. Lunch
  6. Commemorative Coin
  7. Certificate of Completion (ready for framing)
  8. Hours of fun

HOW TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:

  • Register and make payment here on our website ONLY.
  • Payment can only be made by credit card. Your reservation is confirmed upon payment in full. We accept all major credit cards.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the Friends at institute@fhvnp.org or call (808) 985-7373.

IMPORTANT: Entry into this cave is by paid reservation only.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will gladly refund your full amount up to 7 days prior to the day of the tour. Between 2 to 6 days, 50% of the cost of the event will be refunded.  If cancellation is within 48 hours of the start of the institute, 0% will be refunded. All proceeds help support Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Although we rarely cancel any hikes, there may be a need to do so if volcanic air pollution becomes a problem. Earthquakes, new volcanic activity, extreme weather or fires may also cancel hikes. In the event of a cancellation by NPS or Friends, you will be refunded 100% of your tour cost.

 

The Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute is a subsidiary of the Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Institute proceeds support Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park educational programs, restoration projects, endangered species and more.

 

 

 

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – May 4, 2016

The Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour is a moderate to challenging ranger guided hike through a tropical rain forest and fragile lava tube. Special care is required when entering the lava tube to insure the preservation of this unique Hawaiian lava tube and its features. Access is restricted to National Park Service & Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park ranger/FHVNP certified guided tours only. Tours will be offered once a week and limited to 12 persons/group. Due to the fragile nature of the lava tube and the moderate/challenging nature of the tour, youth under the age of 7 are prohibited. Reservations will be required at least one-week in advance. In addition, due to high interest, reservations are restricted to no more than four (4) people per group.

Tours are available once per week (NPS and Friends alternate weeks)

  1. NPS tours start at approximately 11:30 a.m. and end between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  2. Friends’ Wild Cave Exploration Institutes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
    Friends’ tours include lunch, beverage, commemorative souvenir and certificate of completion (suitable & ready for framing)

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – April 23, 2016

The Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour is a moderate to challenging ranger guided hike through a tropical rain forest and fragile lava tube. Special care is required when entering the lava tube to insure the preservation of this unique Hawaiian lava tube and its features. Access is restricted to National Park Service & Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park ranger/FHVNP certified guided tours only. Tours will be offered once a week and limited to 12 persons/group. Due to the fragile nature of the lava tube and the moderate/challenging nature of the tour, youth under the age of 7 are prohibited. Reservations will be required at least one-week in advance. In addition, due to high interest, reservations are restricted to no more than four (4) people per group.

Tours are available once per week (NPS and Friends alternate weeks)

  1. NPS tours start at approximately 11:30 a.m. and end between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  2. Friends’ Wild Cave Exploration Institutes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
    Friends’ tours include lunch, beverage, commemorative souvenir and certificate of completion (suitable & ready for framing)

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

Wild Caves Exploration Institute – August 31, 2016

The Wild Cave Exploration Institute is an in-depth, moderate to challenging guided exploration through a tropical rain forest and fragile lava tube. Led my expert scientists and naturalists through our Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Special care is required when entering the lava tube to insure the preservation of this unique Hawaiian lava tube and its features. Access is restricted to National Park Service & the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute through Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The Wild Cave Program will be offered every other week and is limited to 12 persons/group. Due to the fragile nature of the lava tube and the moderate/challenging nature of the tour, youth under the age of 7 are prohibited. Your registration is confirmed upon payment.

Friends’ (FHVNP) Institutes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
Friends’ Institute includes lunch, beverage, commemorative coin and certificate of completion with your name (suitable & ready for framing)