Sunday Walk in the Park – JUNE

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 we will walk the Kahuku Palm Trail.

Palm Trail is a moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures.

Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area.

Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.

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.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

 

Forest Restoration Project – APRIL 2016

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our April FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, April 15, 2016 . Mark your Calendar.

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILED PROJECT INFORMATION.

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

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

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE OHIA WING?

Restoration is happening!

Want to learn more about historical buildings, the care and restoration?

Join Chief of Cultural Resources Laura Schuster and experts in historical restoration for a presentation on current restoration activities in the 1932 Administration building (aka the Ohia Wing). Participants will be given a tour of the Ohia Wing, followed by a hands-on presentation.  Ask questions – learn new skills!

Light refreshments will be served outside after the presentation.

This institute is limited to 20 participants.  Registration is required, and you are confirmed upon payment.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

 

Saturday Walk in the Park – MAY

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.

Led by volcanologist Cheryl Gansecki, this month’s four-mile hike will explore Kīlauea Iki Crater.  Participants should bring a bag lunch for a rest stop along the walk.

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 – APRIL

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 walk explores Sulpher Banks and ‘Iliahi Trail.  We will start at the Kilauea Visitor Center and follow the trail past Sulphur Banks, cross Crater Rim Drive, and then hook up to the “Iliahi Trail.  This easy walk is mostly on flat and level ground.  Be prepared for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy.

Participants provide their own transportation to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  From Highway 11, between mile markers 28 and 29, turn into Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees apply).  After going through the park’s entrance stations, take the first right into the parking area, and we will meet in front of the Kilauea Visitor Center.

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 – MARCH

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 3-mile round-trip walk explores the Kīpukapuaulu area.

Kīpukapuaulu

This 1.2 mile (1.9km) loop trail reveals a story of struggle and survival for some of Hawai‘i’s rarest plants and animals.

This walk will take you through a “Kīpuka”, an area of older vegetation surrounded by a more recent lava flow from Mauna Loa.

Of interest: A unique biological diversity of rare plants, birds, insects, very old-growth forest of koa and ōhi‘a trees.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance and hiking time: 1.2 mile (1.9km) loop, 1.0 – 1.5 hours.
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: Approximately 5.0 miles (8.0km). South on Highway 11, turn right on Mauna Loa Road and travel 1.5 miles (2.4km) to the Kīpukapuaulu parking area.
  • Trail begins at the Kīpukapuaulu parking area. The trail is a dirt path with gentle inclines and declines. Note: dogs, horses and bicycles are prohibited on this trail.
  • Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for sometimes hot, wet or windy weather conditions.

Be aware that concentrated SO2 gasses (sulphur dioxide) and sulphur fumes from Halema‘uma‘u Crater can be dangerous for those with heart or respiratory conditions.

Restrooms (pit toilets) are available nearby at the picnic area.

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 – FEBRUARY

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 3-mile round-trip walk explores the Mauna Ulu area.

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.
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 7 miles (11.3km) to Mauna Ulu parking area.
  • 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.

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.

 

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – Mar. 19, 2016

The Pua Po‘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’ (FHVNP) tours 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 Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – Mar. 2, 2016

The Pua Po‘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’ (FHVNP) tours 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 Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

DELUXE FHVNP Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – Mar. 12, 2016

The Deluxe Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour is a moderate to challenging FHVNP Expert 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)

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

Visit Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details