Right now it is ʻuaʻu (Hawaiian petrel) nesting season! These little fluff balls will change into dark grey and white seabirds. The ʻuaʻu is an endangered seabird found only in Hawai‘i. Haleakalā is home to the largest monitored population of ʻuaʻu in the Hawaiian Islands and the park’s biologists actively monitor these endangered birds.
In October and November, the young ʻuaʻu will make their first journey to the ocean to scavenge for food. ʻUaʻu leave their nests at night and are thought to use stars to navigate. The birds sometimes become disoriented by man-made lights, become tired and fall to the ground. These “grounded” seabirds are often found in areas with bright lights such as hotels, golf courses, stadiums and yards lit by floodlights.
It is important that we monitor and take care of these endangered birds and park biologists cannot do this work alone! They need the public to also protect these native birds by staying on trails in the park so not to step on ʻuaʻu nests and to call when they see a grounded ʻuaʻu. If you see a grounded ʻuaʻu please call the toll-free number, 1-877-428-6911 (Haleakalā National Park Dispatch). For more information on ʻuaʻu please visit our website at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/news/2010-uau.htm.
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Let’s talk about bees!
Did you know that there are bees native to Hawai‘i? Because Hawai‘i is isolated from the rest of the world only one type of bee from the Hylaeus (yellow faced bee) genus made its way to the Hawaiian Islands and evolved into 63 known endemic species found only in Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian bees are very important to native plants, especially here at Haleakalā! They pollinate important flora like the ‘ōhi‘a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), māmane (Sophora chrysophylla), and of course the endangered ‘āhinahina or silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum). Their habitat once expanded everywhere from the wettest to driest forests, the coast, and even the alpine desert of Mauna Kea and Haleakalā. Sadly, the Hawaiian bee population has declined since the introduction of humans, animals, and non-native plants and 7 out of the 63 species are federally listed as endangered. These unique little creatures are now only seen in places where people do not live. Places like the native forest or scrublands and the District of Haleakalā. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (KEM)
Photo Description: close up view of Hylaeus nivicola (Meade-Waldo, 1923)
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UPDATE****Monday Reopening***The Park will reopen with normal operations on Monday, August 27, 2018. The Summit District will reopen at 3 a.m. in time for sunrise viewing. The Kipahulu District of the park will reopen at 7 a.m. Thank you for all the well wishes. The park came through the storm in pretty good shape. The Pools of 'Ohe'o remain closed.
****Park Closure Alert***To Protect Visitor Safety, Haleakala National Park will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 22nd due to Hurricane Lane. The entrance gates will be locked on Thursday and Friday. All overnight back country stays will be cancelled. Park management will reassess on Friday evening. Please check back for updates.
Ranger Katie delivered our first Haleakalā National Park museum tour this afternoon, to the delight of visitors from near and far! Our guests learned about rare Native Hawaiian plants and animals, as well as archeological items that are carefully collected and curated in our park museum facility. From our history and art collection, guests learned about the history of Ranger uniforms, and got a firsthand look at the historic painting displayed on our park entrance signs. Join us on the second Friday of each month for a behind the scenes tour of the park museum!
Have you ever wondered where museums store their collections? Would you like to see natural history, art, and historical objects related to Haleakalā? Starting August 10 Haleakalā National Park will be conducting behind the scenes tours of its collection facility every 2nd Friday of the Month. Visitors will get to see items from the museum’s collection and learn about preservation. The tour is limited to the first 5 people. Please call (808) 572-4476 for reservations or sign up at the Park Headquarters Visitor Center. Meet outside the Park Headquarters Visitor Center 10 minutes before scheduled tour (12:50 pm). The tour group will depart at 1:00 pm and caravan to the museum building located near the entrance of the park.
Haleakalā National Park’s current exhibit “Bring the World to Maui: The History of the Park Road,” is now on display at the Haleakalā Visitor Center until October. Have you ever wondered why you cannot see into the Haleakalā volcano from the road? Or how visitors got to the Summit before the road was built? Come and visit our newest exhibit to find out more about the historic park highway that was one of a kind when it was built in 1935. A section of the road is currently being re-paved, but don’t worry. You can still come drive the historic road to the summit and check out the exhibit!
Photo Credits.: Photo 1: Road worker oiling the road ca. 1936.
Photo 2: Kupu interns Brooke Stacy and Megan Archibald installing new exhibit at the Haleakalā Visitor Center. #historicroad #nps #mauihistory #haleakala #halemuseum #exhibit #historicphoto
The 53rd Annual 4th of July Makawao Parade (and 63rd annual Makawao Rodeo) are happening this weekend (July 6-8). The Rodeo is an upcountry tradition that has been bringing paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) together for a weekend full of bull riding, steer chasing, and more. Makawao is known as Maui’s paniolo town and both the parade and rodeo are a highlight for the area. Every year the rustic town is draped with red, white, and blue banners. The parade is a true Hawaiian experience with cars draped in lei, pā'ū riders dressed in their flowing colorful skirts, and of course the paniolo riding on their lio (horse). Over the years Haleakalā National Park has participated in the Parade. Here are some photos from past years of staff working on floats and walking in the parade. This year the park’s pack mules will be walking in the parade with staff dressed up in some of the native species from the park including ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel), ‘āhinahina (silversword) and ‘ōpe‘ape‘a (Hawaiian Hoary Bat). Make sure to wave when you see us this year at the parade! (KEM)
Jacquemontia ovalifolia sandwicensis or the pāʻūohiʻiaka is a native species of morning glory (Convolvulaceae) on the Hawaiian Islands. The plant is named after Pele’s little sister Hi‘iaka. It is said that Pele returning from a fishing trip found the vine spread over Hi’iaka like a pā‘ū (skirt) protecting her from the sun.
Pāʻūohiʻiaka is a slow growing coastal plant that develops on the leeward side of islands. This plant produces white and blue flowers, which can be best seen between December and July.
The Hawaiians would use pāʻūohiʻiaka mainly for medicinal purposes and nutriment. Medicinal uses included treating babies with ʻea (thrush) and pāʻaoʻao (general weakness), both babies and adults with ʻeha makaʻu (frightening pains), and mixing with kalo (taro) leaves and salt for cuts. Nutriments included mixing it with niu (coconut) and eating it or drying the plant for tea. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (BTS)
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Can you imagine a time without cellphones when communication required lugging around bulky equipment? Many military professionals dealt with this issue in the early-mid 1900s. Pictured is a portable army field phone. These military phones were used from World War II up until the Vietnam War and are powered by D batteries. The field phone pictured is housed in a leather bag that reads “signal Corps U.S. Army Telephone EE-8-B.” Later field phones were housed in canvas instead of leather due to canvas faring better in the humid pacific climate. This phone, found in the park, was likely left behind by the military during their occupation of the park from 1941-1946. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (KEM)
For all of our plant enthusiasts, it’s your last to chance to see our exhibit “Following in the Botanist’s Footsteps: Botany of Haleakalā National Park from past to present,” on display at the Haleakalā Visitor Center through mid-June. This exhibit explores the history of botanists at the park, focusing on the rare plants that live in the bogs atop Haleakalā.
In mid-June we will install our next exhibit “Bring the World to Maui: The History of the Park Road.” The exhibit looks at the historic highway through Haleakalā National Park, the only route to the summit that has allowed visitors to ascend Haleakalā by car since the 1930’s. This exhibit will explore the history of the park road envisioned by the Maui community and designed by the National Park Service. Come drive the road to the summit and check out the exhibit!
Image one: Exhibit promo for “Following in the Botanist’s Footsteps: Botany of Haleakalā National Park from past to present.” Image two: (top-right) 1935 program for the Haleakala Road opening, Haleakalā Archives; (bottom left) Man on the back of a truck oiling the road, Haleakalā Archives; (bottom middle) Title page of 1935 Maui News “Haleakala Souvenir Edition”, Maui News; (bottom right) 1935 Photo of left to right Edward Wingate (Park Superintendent), Worth Aiken (Maui kama'aina and advocate for the road), and Arthur Green (Secretary of the Territory), Haleakalā Archives.
Anomalochrysa maclachlani or commonly known as green lacewing is an endemic species to Hawai‘i. This green winged bug is a part of the Neuroptera order or net-winged insects, which consists of some 6,000 species.
In 1884,Thomas Blackburn, an English-born Australian entomologist (a person that studies insects), first described A. maclachlani. In 1876, Blackburn came to the Hawaiian Islands, where he served as senior priest and chaplain to the bishop of the Church of Hawai‘i in Honolulu. During his time there he collected insects. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (KEM)
Photo Description: close up view of Anomalochrysa maclachlani. #haleakala #halemuseum #mauibugs #museumcollections #naturalhistory #haleakalācollection
Haleakalā is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Pictured is a volcanic bomb that was produced by the volcano when it ejected a fragment of lava through the air, which cooled before it hit the ground. This volcano bomb is what you call a spindle or almond bomb and is created when hot lava is spinning through the air and cooling, creating an elongated or almond shaped rock. Volcanic bombs can vary in size from a rock that fits in your hand to a rock as big as a car. Volcanic bombs can be thrown for many miles from an erupting vent, and are a significant volcanic hazard for people that are in the eruption zone. Haleakalā volcano is currently “resting”; the last eruption occurred only 400-600 years ago. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. The park’s geology handout may be found at this link: https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/upload/HALE-Site-Bulletin-Geology-2016.pdf (KEM)
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Flashback Fridays! Here is a 1951 publication from Hawaii National Park (later separated into Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park). This publication was created by the Naturalist Division of Hawaii National Park and the Hawaii Natural History Association to educate visitors of the natural and cultural history of the two parks. Many National Park units published similar newsletters and booklets over the years spanning the 1920s to the early 2000s. This issue focuses on the Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes located on the Hawaiʻi Island and Haleakalā volcano on Maui. The Nature Note publications from Hawaii National Park can be found at https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/hawaii-notes/nn-intro.htm. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (KEM)
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Melicope volcanica (Gray) T.G. Hartley & B.C. Stone or commonly known as volcanic melicope is native to the Hawaiian Islands. Melicope is a genus of the Rutaceae family (Citrus) which Hawaiians collectively call alani and thrives in mesic to wet forests. This genus of plant was formerly part of the Pelea genus, in reference to the Hawaiian Goddess Pele, but has since merged to Melicope.
The fragrances of the different species of alani vary from citrus to licorice to rootbeer. The nuts, yielding oil smelling like orange rind, were chewed for therapeutic purposes. The leaves were used as a cosmetic for the skin and faces of young chiefs and portions of the leaf buds were used for ‘ea (thrush) and pā‘ao‘ao (a childhood disease). Some species of alani were used for lei making and perfuming kapa, or Native Hawaiian cloth. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (KEM)
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It’s winter on Maui and that means a lot of rain, clouds, and cooler temperatures. Today is one of the sunnier days we have had in a while, although local weather forecasts show more rain to come! Here is a picture taken from our Headquarters visitor center area looking down on the beautiful view while we still have it.
If you are planning on coming to Haleakalā During the winter, not all days are like this one. Remember that if you visit the summit, temperatures can be below freezing, especially with the wind chill! Pants, closed toed shoes, and jackets are advised, specifically when you are visiting during sunrise hours.
For more information on trails, the park, or more about our weather, visit our website at https://www.nps.gov/hale (CS)
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[Image description: Foreground- Haleakalā shrub land. Background- West Maui Mountains and the valley between Haleakalā and the West Maui mountains. Various clouds litter the sky with bright patches of sun shining down on the island and the ocean surrounding it.] Photo credit: C. Stout