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"A few months ago I spent the weekend backpacking through Haleakalā Crater. We hiked 20 miles and saw some amazing scenes. There were barren, Mars-like fields littered with red dirt and rocks, but there were also lush green areas with trees and nēnē goose. This was our sunrise view on our last morning in the crater and it was spectacular." .
Mahalo Frank Silva for sharing this awesome crater shot with us! And for those interested in back packing at Haleakalā, check out our website for more info: www.nps.gov/hale
#FindYourPark #EncuentratuParque #Haleakalā #MahaloMonday #Palikū #Crater #Sunrise #HappyTrails
December is appreciating our partners month and we appreciate all of the interns who help us protect and preserve Haleakalā!
Many different organizations from the Student Conservation Association to Kupu provide young people internship opportunities here at Haleakalā. Our interns get a chance to learn about the park service, participate in conservation, and log some hours of hard work! Interns work with endangered species, provide environmental education programs, and learn about Hawaiian culture. They do some amazing work and we are very grateful to have them!
If you are interested in interning at Haleakalā during the summer of 2019, check out our website for more information on some of the opportunities available to collegiate and high school-age students: www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved
Opportunities for collegiate-level and college graduates can be found on www.thesca.org and www.kupuhawaii.org.
'reBetter #Mahalo #FindYourPark #EncuentratuParque
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Haleakalā. For appreciating our partners month, we want to recognize all of the amazing work our volunteers do to help us protect and preserve Haleakalā. Mahalo!
In 2016 alone, Haleakalā logged more than 16,000 hours of volunteer service! Volunteering is a great way to enjoy our park- and help preserve it so future generations can too!
There are many ways to volunteer at Haleakalā. We host trail stewards, school groups, service wilderness trips and more. To learn about opportunities check out our website: https://www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved/volunteer.htm
Or you could get involved with our non-profit service partners, The Friends of Haleakalā National Park. They lead volunteer service trips into our wilderness area to help us control alien plants and maintain our trails and facilities. Check out their website: http://fhnp.org/
The Pacific Whale Foundation leads bi-monthly Haleakalā service trips to help us remove invasive plants at the summit of Haleakalā. Joining our Pacific Whale partners on their Volunteers on Vacation program is a great way for Maui visitors to get involved in protecting our resources. Learn more at https://www.pacificwhale.org/conservation/volunteer-vacation/
#VolunteersinParks #NPSThanks #ThankYouForBeingAFriend #TogetherWe
'reBetter #Mahalo #FindYourPark #AppreciatingOurPartners #EncuentratuParque #Haleakalā #Silversword #HappyTrails
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"It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I was rain soaked and muddy, and had mosquito bites like crazy.... and I still felt tears fill my eyes." Mahalo Brittny Rene for sharing this amazing photo of Waimoku Falls with us!
You can visit this incredible waterfall in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park, which is located about 12 miles past Hana town on the iconic "Road to Hana." This portion of our park preserves an intact ahupua'a, a traditional native Hawaiian land division that protects all resources from sea to summit. The streams are home to endemic gobies and other fish species that evolved from ancient salt water ancestors.
When visiting Kīpahulu, remember to start your trip with plenty of water, lots of snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and a full tank of gas. And as with all waterfalls in the state of Hawai'i, the Pipiwai Stream is prone to flash floods and rock falls can occur at any time. Be safe and stick to designated viewing areas.
#waimokufalls #pipiwai #kipahulu #oheogulch #haleakala #findyourpark #scenicsunday #mahalo
Seem like something out of a Doctor Suess book? Guess again! You might encounter our native kupaoa plant (Dubatia menziesii) as you hike through the Haleakalā crater.
This amazing plant is a close relative of our native 'ahinahina or Haleakalā silversword. The two plants can actually hybridize! Kupaoa is a member of the silversword alliance- meaning, it's an asteraceae and part of the sunflower family.
Enjoy viewing all of our incredible and unique native vegetation as you explore the park. But be sure to give our plants space! Much of our vegetation can be found nowhere else in the world and is incredibly delicate. Adapting for life on top of a volcano is tough!
#treadlightly #native #endemic #silverword #kupaoa #haleakala #volcano #wildlifewednesdays #halefeaturecreature
NPS Photo/Betsy Black
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With world-class night sky conditions, the summit of Haleakalā offers one of the most easily accessible places to watch planets, stars and moons after dark.
Day or night, sky-watching is a great way to escape the world! Stop at one of the several overlooks on the Park road or take a short walk away from the traffic noise to watch the clouds and see weather forming before your eyes. The visual horizon in many places in the Summit area is up to 115 miles (185km) out to sea. Even cloudy skies can offer amazing sights including rainbows, moonbows and halos seen around your shadow.
Bring a pair of binoculars and pick up a star map at one of our visitor centers, and see if you can find the moons of Jupiter!
Mahalo to @jacksonkthomas
for sharing his amazing photo with us!
#mahalomonday #haleakala #nightsky #stargazing #findyourpark #milkyway #happytrails
Mahalo to our Hawai'i Pacific Parks partners!
December is appreciating our partners month, and us green and grey-clad folks rely on our blue and grey partners!
Just this year alone the Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association helped us put on environmental education programs with local schools, Hawaiian cultural demonstrations, and Maui Girl's Court. They've helped us provide internships for students and young people to learn more about stewardship and actively participate in protecting our environment. And they help us study and conserve our native plants and wildlife. So much of what we do wouldn't be possible without them!
The Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association operates in six national park sites throughout the Pacific. All profits from sales in our visitor center bookstores go directly toward educational and scientific programming in our parks. Learn more about them on their website: https://hawaiipacificparks.org/
Mahalo nui loa Mary C, Sandi, Mary A, Kieth, Mona, Mary S, Nan, Dave, and Beth! We love and appreciate you!
#NPSThanks #ThankYouForBeingAFriend #TogetherWe
'reBetter #FindYourPark #EncuentratuParque #Haleakala #PacificParks #Mahalo
Here is a glimpse of park staff installing the new exhibit “Nā Mo‘olelo (Stories) O Haleakalā: Looking at Nature through Mo‘olelo” at the Haleakalā Visitor Center near the summit of Haleakalā. This exhibit explores nature through the lens of Hawaiian mo'olelo (stories, myths, history and tradition). We hope that your visit to Haleakalā will include this exhibit, which will be up through March, 2019. (KEM)
#museum #nps #haleakalā #exhibit #hawaiʻi #npsmuseums #HALEmuseum
caught in the act! Though they are technically finches, we call our native forest birds "honeycreepers" because many have adapted to drink nectar from native flowers.
This shot, captured by one of our Hawai'i Pacific Parks partners, Dave Hanna, shows an 'apapane (Himatione sanguinea) drinking nectar from a native 'iliahi (Santalum haleakalae) or Hawaiian sandalwood tree.
Unfortunately our Hawaiian honeycreeper family has undergone many extinctions since the arrival of humans to the Hawaiian Islands. Habitat loss, introduced predators, introduced grazing-ungulates, and introduced disease-carrying mosquitoes are among the most impactful factors in their demise. Come attend one of our daily ranger talks at 3pm at the headquarters visitor center at 7,000' to learn more about our birds and what we're doing to protect them.
Look for some of Maui's six remaining honeycreeper species on our Hosmer Grove Nature Trail! And check out opportunities for ranger-guided programs in the park on our website: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/guided-activities.htm
#wildlifewednesdays #halefeaturecreature #birding
Nothing beats a beautiful day on top of Haleakalā. Come check out the Halemau'u Trail for this #scenicsunday
NPS Photo/Betsy Black
"Be thankful for all the small precious moments." -Aunty Nan Cabatbat, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. @hawaiipacificparks
Happy Thanksgiving from the Haleakalā 'ohana!
NPS Photo/Steven Walter
Did you know you can hike from the summit to the sea on Haleakalā?
Doing so includes hiking the Kaupō Gap Trail which traverses 6,130 feet of elevation change over 8.6 miles. Not for the faint of heart! The first 3.9 miles of the trail are inside Haleakalā National Park and showcase some of the beautiful trees of native Hawaiian forests like our Koa (Acacia Koa) and ʻOhiʻa Lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha). The remaining lower portion of the trail is outside of park boundaries and cuts through private property. Please be respectful of the landowners’ generosity and stick to the trail! Inside and outside of the park, the Kaupō Trail is not maintained, making for rough and overgrown terrain at times. Hikers must be responsible for their own safety!
Hiking and camping in the Haleakalā wilderness area can be a magical experience if you do it right. On the summit of a high Pacific island, the weather can change in an instant. To fully enjoy your trek it’s important to be prepared for all conditions. Remember to bring good hiking boots, rain gear, warm clothing, sunscreen, water, and snacks. Stop in to one of our visitor centers to get helpful tips and advice on how to best enjoy our park!
#haleakala #kaupogap #ohialehua #koa #happytrails
Photo by Betsy Black
Come join us for the closing celebration of the Mālama Wao Akua at the Hui No‘eau November 10 from 10am-1pm. Haleakalā National Park will have a table set up at the event with plant specimens, crafts, and information about the park. Come experience nature though art and learn about conservation of Maui. (KEM)
This spoon was unearthed during a 2011 survey of the Nu‘u section of Haleakalā National Park. Nu‘u is located on the rugged and remote southern coast of east Maui. When you dive through the Nu‘u section, you might only see a pastoral landscape composed of dry forest, grassland and shrubland. But this area is the location of a 19th century Hawaiian village. Archeological evidence points to a much earlier occupation of the area by Native Hawaiians.
An 1882 map documents Nu‘u as having a hale kula (school), remnants of a fishpond, a steamers landing, a heiau (temple), hale pule kahiko (old church), and housing structures. Historical documents suggest that the high chief Keali‘iahonui resided at Nu‘u in the mid-1800s.
The area was historically used to harvest salt, fish, ranch and farm sweet potatoes and other dryland crops. However, by the mid-20th century, Nu‘u village was abandoned. In 2008, the National Park Service purchased the land and is currently working to fence the parcel, restore native vegetation, and create habitat for native seabirds. For more information about the Haleakalā collection, please visit our webpage at https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm. (KEM)
'u #Haleakalā #Maui #hawaiianhistory #HALEmuseum #archeology #archaeology #fragmentfriday
To reduce helicopter noise and impacts to wildlife and visitors, Haleakalā National Park will be implementing a new wood locker system for backcountry cabin users starting November 1, 2018. Each of the park’s three cabins will be equipped with 18 lockers and each locker will contain three logs. Locker combinations will be assigned and issued by park staff (one locker combination per night) at the time of check in for cabin permits at Headquarters Visitor Center (at 7,000 ft. elevation) in the summit district. Any visitors wanting to pack in more wood can purchase logs and fire starters at the gift store during check in.
By using the wood locker system, visitors will be helping the park by: -Providing a more reliable supply of logs for cabin users than the current system.
-Saving significant resources (staff time and funds).
-Reducing safety risks to NPS staff when managing helicopter operations.
-Reducing helicopter trips and resulting impacts of helicopters to wilderness values and endangered species.
-Encouraging responsible energy use by visitors.
For more information visit our website www.nps.gov/hale
Mahalo to Hawaiian hoary bat researcher Kristin Jonasson @noctivagans
for sharing this awesome 'ōpe'ape'a (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) video with us! It was taken here at the summit of Haleakalā!
The 'ōpe'ape'a is the state land mammal of Hawai'i and we're celebrating them today for #batweek
! Stop by one of our visitor centers in the summit district to learn more about this little guy and enjoy some activities and crafts!
In honor of bat week, Haleakalā National Park is hosting an event for Hawai‘i’s own ‘ōpe‘ape‘a (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) or Hawaiian Hoary Bat! The park will have activities at the Summit district in the visitor centers on October 31st. Come celebrate Hawai‘i’s state land mammal and enjoy arts & crafts, activities, and a ranger talk on the mammal of honor, ‘ōpe‘ape‘a.
The ‘ōpe‘ape‘a is one of two mammals that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, the other is the Hawaiian monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi). The Hawaiian name, ‘ōpe‘ape‘a means half-leaf, and refers to the similarity between the bat’s wings and taro leaves. The bat is nocturnal and feeds on a variety of native and nonnative night-flying insects. During the day, ‘ōpe‘ape‘a roost alone in the foliage of tall trees. ‘Ōpe‘ape‘a is listed as an endangered species due to habitat loss. The exact population of the bat is unknown, but research is being conducted to understand more about this unique mammal. For more information check out our park website at www.nps.gov/hale. (KEM)
#‘ōpe‘ape‘a #hawaiianhoarybat #bat #Haleakalā
Do you want to learn about the early history of tourism to Haleakalā? On Oct. 22, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Katie Matthew, Haleakalā National Park’s Museum Technician, will give a free talk titled “Seeking the Summit: Early Tourism to Haleakalā.” The talk will take place at the Makawao History Museum (3643 Baldwin Ave.) and will include historic photos and items from Haleakalā National Park’s archive collection. For more information about this talk call 808-572-4476. Hope to see you there!