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Friends of HVNP schedule for March

* 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 11

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. 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. Most faya are seedlings that pull easily; a few 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.

* 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK. 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 three-hour, five-mile hike will start at the resources management parking area. The walk explores the Kilauea Iki, Na Huku, Escape Road, Crater Rim, and Byron Ledge trails. We will stop for bag lunches along the way. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend). Park entrance fees apply. To register, contact Nick Shema at (808) 967-8648 or

* 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 26

FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO SEA – A Partnership with the Mokupapapa Discovery Center. Learn about the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; how our volcanic islands created unique ecosystems for marine life; Native Hawaiian cultural connections to the land and the ocean; the ancient ahupuaa system of land division; and current scientific research on climate change and ocean acidification. This program takes place at Mokupapapa Discovery Center’s wet lab, with the opportunity for participants to dissect a bolus (a round mass) to see firsthand what impact human plastic waste has on marine ecosystems. Sponsored by Hawaii Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Cost per person is $40 for Friends members and $60 for non-members. Students (K-12 & college w/valid ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to get the member price.

To register or for further information, call (808) 985-7373 or visit

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