MY HAWAI’I STORY – Calling all Middle School Students – Deadline to APPLY March 10, 2017

MY HAWAI’I STORY CONTEST – 2017

HE WA‘A, HE MOKU MALAMA HONUACaring for Our Island Earth

ENTRY DETAILS

The 2017 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 the theme, ”He Wa’a, He Moku – Malama Honua: Caring for Our Island Earth” to align with the 2017 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference theme.

“He wa‘a he moku, he moku he wa‘a,” translates simply as “the canoe is an island, and the island is a canoe.” This theme highlights the need to treat the resources of our island home, and island earth, as carefully as we would the limited water and food carried on a wa‘a.

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 online.

SUBMIT Submit entries online at: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ENTRY

Entries are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

FORMAT Submit contact information in the entry form online, but do not reveal the student’s name or school anywhere in the submission to maintain anonymity in the evaluation process. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges with no access to student identification information or grade level.

By submitting an entry, the student and school authorize the My Hawai‘i Story Project to use the stories or poems for educational purposes including, but not limited to, print and web materials.

EVALUATION CRITERIA All entries will be judged using the following criteria: * Theme relevance – how well did you connect to  the theme and to Hawaii’s unique environment? * Clarity of message – how well did you express your   ideas? * Creativity and originality – your work must be your    own! Entries will be assessed by how well you express your ideas using appropriate grammar and writing style.

WINNERS Winning entries will be announced on May 12, 2017. The winning entries will be published in the My Hawai‘i Story Project anthology. Winners will receive a copy of the booklet, an award certificate, and other special prizes. We hope all contest winners will be able to attend the awards ceremony at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference in July 2017. In addition, all state libraries will receive a copy of the anthology for their collections.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Contest details and this flyer are available online at: www.hawaiiconservation.org/my-hawaii Share the flyer with teachers and post it for students and parents! Questions? Contact: myhawaiistory@gmail.com

PROJECT PARTNERS Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Coastal Zone Management Program, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and Wildlife – Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawai‘i Department of Education, Hawai‘i Environmental Education Alliance, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Pacific Writers’ Connection, and  Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Saturday Walk in the Park – MAY 2017

This monthly program normally held on second Sundays (this month we will hold our hike on Saturday, due to Mother’s Day) is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails.

Kīlauea Iki

Descend through a lush rain forest to the floor of the solidified, however still steaming Kīlauea Iki Crater lava lake. Peer into the 1959 vent that erupted to a height of 1900 feet located below the Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone.

Of interest: Walking through a rain forest, viewing native birds, walk on the 1959 lava lake, view steam vents, cinder cones and spatter cones.

  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging – Steep and rocky, descent & ascent 400 feet (122m).
  • Distance and hiking time: 4 mile (6.4km) loop. Approximately 2 to 3 hours.
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 2 miles (3.2km).
  • Trail begins: At the Kīlauea Iki parking lot on Crater Rim Drive. You may go either way from the trailhead. Going left will take you to the Thurston Lava Tube parking lot and then down to the floor of Kīlauea Iki. Going right will take hikers through the rain forest on the crater rim and down to the crater floor.
  • Bring: Water, food, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, windy weather conditions and steep and rocky terrain.

Ahu (stacked rocks) mark the trail across the crater floor. Please do not disturb them or build new ones.

This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Program cost is FREE for Friends members.  Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend.  And, of course, additional donations are always accepted.  Park entrance fees apply.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

 

Sunday Walk in the Park – FEBRUARY 2017

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails.  This month’s 2.5-mile round-trip walk explores Mauna Ulu.

Experience a lava landscape from the 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu flow. Walk by lava tree molds and climb 210 feet (64m) to the top of a forested cinder cone, Pu‘u Huluhulu (hairy hill). View Mauna Ulu’s steaming sheild, which is similar to the now active Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone in the distance. On a clear day you can see Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Pacific Ocean.

Of interest: Pāhoehoe and ‘a‘ā lava, kīpuka (old land surrounded by new land), lava tree molds, cinder cones, lava rampart, native pioneer plants and trees and panoramic vista.

  • Difficulty: Moderate – Most of the route is easy, but includes a 1/4 mile steep climb up Pu‘u Huluhulu cone.
  • Distance and hiking time: 2.5 miles (4.0km) roundtrip, Approximately 2.0 – 3.0 hours.
  • Trail Begins: Approximately 100 yards (91.4m) from the Mauna Ulu parking area. Ahu (stacked rocks) mark the trail across the lava flows. Please do not disturb them or build new ones. Stay on the trail.
  • Bring water, food, hat, sun protection and rain gear.
  • Be Prepared for hot, dry, wet, windy weather conditions and rocky terrain.

Dependent on the wind direction, volcanic fumes may be present along this trail.

Protect delicate lava formations. Surface patterns and lava trees are fragile. Reduce your impact. Please do not touch these formations.

This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Program cost is FREE for Friends members.  Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend.  And, of course, additional donations are always accepted.  Park entrance fees apply.

 

Sunday Walk in the Park – JANUARY 2017

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails.

January’s walk explores the summit.  Join us, meet other members, talk story and enjoy our fabulous National Park.

Of interest: A unique biological diversity of plants, birds, insects; formations of “pahoehoe” lava, steam vents, walk on the 1974 lava flow and a panoramic view of a volcanic caldera.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance and hiking time: .9 miles one way to stop 10, 1.8 miles roundtrip. Estimated time is 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
  • Trail begins: Behind the Volcano House off Crater Rim Trail.
  • Bring: Water, food, hat, sun protection & raingear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, and windy weather conditions.
  • Be aware that concentrated SO2 & sulphur fumes from Halema`uma`u Crater can be dangerous for those people with heart or respiratory concerns.

This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Program cost is FREE for Friends members.  Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend.  And, of course, additional donations are always accepted.  Park entrance fees apply.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

 

Forest Restoration Project – FEBRUARY 17, 2017

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, February 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

We’ll be working on the Mauna Loa strip, clearing invasive weeds around native seedlings planted in the past. This will allow the park to control blackberry and other weeds without hurting the seedlings. There is blackberry in the area and participants will need to wear long sleeves and long pants and we’ll be wearing leather gloves. This will provide hands-on learning about invasive weed control and how it fits in with the park’s broader vegetation management program. Volunteers play an important role in protecting important and threatened native ecosystems.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven ground.  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 lunch. 

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, Rapid Ohia Death 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 February 13. 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!

Mark Johnson, Patty Kupchak, Linda Schubert & Paul Field 

Forest Restoration Committee

P.S. Please save the date for our upcoming Forest Restoration Project in 2017:

March 17, Friday

April 14, Friday

May 19, Friday

June 16, Friday

July 21, Friday

August 18, Friday

September 8, Friday

October 20, Friday

November 17, Friday

Forest Restoration Project – JANUARY 20, 2017

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, January 20th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This month we’ll be planting native tree seedlings in the Mauna Loa section of the park. We’ll be working in an area of nice Koa and Ohia forest. This will provide hands-on learning about out-planting and how it fits in with the park’s broader vegetation management program. Volunteers play an important role in protecting important and threatened native ecosystems.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven ground.  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 lunch. 

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, Rapid Ohia Death 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 January 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!

Mark Johnson, Patty Kupchak, Linda Schubert & Paul Field 

Forest Restoration Committee

P.S. Please save the date for our upcoming Forest Restoration Project in 2017:

February 17, Friday

March 17, Friday

April 14, Friday

May 19, Friday

June 16, Friday

July 21, Friday

August 18, Friday

September 8, Friday

October 20, Friday

November 17, Friday

New “Pack & Go” FHVNP Logo Rain Jackets – HOLIDAY SALE $35.00

Purchase our logo jackets – Holiday Sale

$35.00 each – 5 assorted Colors

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

 

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – December 24, 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

Sunday Walk in the Park – November 13, 2016

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails.

Join us for an exploration of Keanakako’i Crater.  Meet at Kilauea Visitor’s Center for check-in and carpooling.

This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Program cost is FREE for Friends members.  Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend.  And, of course, additional donations are always accepted.  Park entrance fees apply.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

 

POINSETTIA Pre-sale FUNDRAISER – 6″ pots – $9.00

Purchase beautiful, locally grown Poinsettias.  Pre-sale starts on November 3 and ends on November 22.

6 inch pots for $9.00

PICK UP ONLY:      Wednesday, NOVEMBER 23

TIME:                       3PM – 6PM

LOCATION:             Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus

19-4074 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785

MAHALO VOLCANO ART CENTER FOR SUPPORTING THE FRIENDS!

All proceeds support non-profit Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park