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Friends of HVNP programs in March


* “Images from the Edge” Photo Contest
March 1 – April 2

Calling all photographers! Submit your original photographs taken in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (park entrance fees apply).

First, second, and third place awards will be given in 3 categories: Amateur-Beginner, Amateur-Advanced, and Professional. There will also be from 3 to 7 Honorable Mentions. Judging is by professional photographers Rick Decker and Alvis Upitis of West Hawaii.

All images will be considered for inclusion in a special multi-image slideshow on April 28. All finalists’ photographs will be exhibited from June 9-17 at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, a co-sponsor of the event.

Photos must be submitted as digital images online between March 1 and the contest deadline of 5 p.m. April 2. Entry fee for up to 3 photos is $25. Contest sponsor is Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For full contest rules and to enter, visit:

* “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser
11 a.m. Friday, March 9

Experience the nostalgia and aloha of Hawaii’s old-time boat days, replete with colorful flower lei, graceful hula auana, and Hawaiian music. Aboard Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam, which docks in Hilo Harbor, you’ll enjoy an elegant shipboard atmosphere.

Join us on board for a delicious four-course meal served with wine in the La Fontaine Dining Room. Enjoy music by the Kuahiwis and hula by Halau Hula Kalehuakiekieikaiu.

Due to TSA security regulations, tickets are not transferable, photo ID is required, and RSVPs must be made by March 5. Fundraiser tickets are $65 (of which $20 is tax-deductible) and benefit the non-profit Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Group rates are available for parties of 5 or more.

To buy tickets, call the Friends at (808) 985-7373 or visit

* Sunday Walk in the Park
Noon-2 p.m. Sunday, March 11

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails. Led by Cheryl Gansecki, this month’s 3-mile round-trip walk explores the Puu Puai area. Starting and ending at the Devastation Trail lot, we’ll take the trail across the flanks of Puu Puai down onto Byron Ledge. There we’ll explore the lush Hawaiian rain forest and get great views into Kilauea Iki and Kilauea Caldera, with Halemaumau Crater fuming in the distance. 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 the Friends at (808) 985-7373 or

*Volunteer Forest Restoration Project
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 17

Volunteers are needed to help in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit, located in Ka’u between mile markers 70 and 71 on the mauka side of Highway 11. We will plant native seedling trees in a fenced enclosure, where the plants will be protected from grazing animals. We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program at Kahuku and be able to see the start of natural recovery of the forest. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain covered by thick pasture grasses in an area with a moderate slope. Our goal is a crew of 12 people, and pre-registration is required.

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


* Kealakomowaena: Life on a Lava Landscape
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Join park archeologist Jadelyn Moniz Nakamura to take a walk through time and learn how Hawaiians living in the shadow of Pele adapted to life on a lava landscape. See ancient trails, agricultural fields, lava rock walls, and house sites as we explore the challenges life presented to those living in this leeward ahupua‘a of the Puna district. We will discuss the latest radiocarbon data for the area, what the pollen and charcoal records have revealed, and why this seemingly barren place was likely chosen as a spot to farm.

Cost is $45 for Friends members and $65 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group to get the member discount.

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

Institute programs are funded in part by the county Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or reasonable modification of policies and procedures to participate in Institute programs should contact the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at or (808) 985-7373 at least five days before the program.

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