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Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park events for February


* VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12

This month we will work in the Keanakakoi Special Ecological Area removing invasive, non-native faya plants that have grown since the park cleared the area a few years ago. Some faya are seedlings that pull easily; most are maturing trees that we will cut with saws. We’ll also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program and control of invasive plants in Special Ecological Areas.

Volunteers should be at least 14 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain and through some areas of dense brush. Our goal is a crew of 16 people, and pre-registration is required.

To register, contact Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or

* SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK, noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to share in the park’s beautiful trails. Led by Nick Shema, this month’s two-hour walk will start at the Mauna Ulu parking lot and proceed to the top of Mauna Ulu and back.

This will be a moderate, fairly flat hike of about 2.5 miles roundtrip, mostly over pahoehoe lava at 3,200’ elevation. Due to the cultural sensitivity of Mauna Ulu, the size of the group will be limited to 15 people. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend). Park entrance fees apply.

To register, contact Nick Shema at (808) 967-8648 or

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