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.
Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) is a non-profit organization with members worldwide who have experienced the wonder and power of the park’s living volcanoes. In Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, friends and visitors can walk on new lava fields, hike thorough ancient rainforests, see plants and animals found nowhere else on earth, and learn to respect and celebrate the culture and traditions of Hawai‘i’ s indigenous people.
FHVNP plays a unique role – it has truly made a difference in people’s lives, and in the protection of our magnificent national park. The Friends:
- Holds monthly Volunteer Forest Restoration Projects.
- Raises funds for two critically endangered animals via the Nene Recovery Project and the Hawai‘i Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project.
- Supports the park’s Junior Ranger program and the “Ka‘u Youth Intern Program” for underserved, at-risk high school students to work in the park.
- Offers experiential learning through Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute field seminars and private tours.
- Co-sponsors the annual “Digital Mountain” youth film festival.
- And much more!
A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, the Friends operates under a cooperating agreement with the National Park Service. We continue to grow our long-standing relationship with the park by offering volunteer support and stewardship, enhancing visitor educational and interpretive experiences, supporting and encouraging resource protection, and communicating the purpose and values of the park through fundraising and other activities.