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Twilight 'ua'u Discovery  - June 11, 2016

Watch the native Dark-Rumped Petrel return home after a hard day at the ocean and listen in on their evening celebrations. 

Wildlife biologists Fern Duvall and Jay Penniman will be on hand to teach participants about the unique lifestyle of this endangered native bird.    Under the light of the moon and using night-viewing equipment you will be able to observe these birds as they return to their burrows in the cliffs at the edge of the crater and as they enjoy their evening.  Enjoy their unique and haunting call that gives them their name-sake.   Please wear warm clothing as the temperature will drop rapidly once the sun sets.

This free event will be held starting at 6:30 PM at the summit visitors center parking lot in Haleakala National Park.  Sunset is at 7:10.    After meeting at the summit, we will carpool to the Kalahaku overlook for bird observation.  

Please register for the event so that we have an idea of how many to expect by completing and submitting the form at:

Two one-year park passes will be given away as Door Prizes.  To win you must pre-register and you must be present at the event. 

 Note: Start time and meeting place may change.  Register to receive e-mail notifications of any change.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota Motor Sales

Photo Safari - May 14, 2016 

Join the Friends of Haleakala National Park for a nature & wildlife photo safari!


Photographer James Petruzzi will offer instruction for capturing great shots on a half-day hike in Haleakala National Park on Saturday, May 14, 2016. He will discuss the challenges of forest photography, taking macro shots of plants and insects, use of tripod/monopod, and habits of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Photographers of any level of expertise are welcome. The hike will include Hosmer’s Grove and the Supply Trail. A National Park Service guide will share additional knowledge of the native flora and fauna. Potential photographic subjects include: honeycreepers, pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl), native trees and shrubs, rock faces, and stream (if flowing). 


This free workshop is limited to 20 people. Attendees will need to pay fee or present pass to enter the park. Meet at Hosmer’s Grove (first left after park entrance on Crater Road). Please allow 40 minutes driving time from Pukalani.


Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 8:30 to 11:30 am.

Limit: 20 people

Please contact Mele at 808-205-4067 for reservations.


What to Bring:

Any type of camera (a DSLR w/ telephoto lens is recommended for birds and a macro lens for plants and bugs)

Raingear, water and trail snacks

Clean close toed shoes (free from dirt and weed seeds)

 This free public event is part of a series celebrating the Friends of Haleakala National Park’s 20th birthday and the National Park Service Centennial.

Supported by NEEF and Toyota

Details of other 20th anniversary events will be posted soon.  Create an account at FHNP Account to join our e-mail list and be the first to hear. 


Friends of Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 322 ~ Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 876-1673