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Calling All Past Haleakala National Park Employees

Haleakala National Park, the Friends of Haleakala and Hawaii Pacific Parks Association are planning an appreciation event for Haleakala National park employees and volunteers past and present.    If you worked for Haleakala National Park,  we would like to invite you to the event.   Please click here and fill out the form at this link to let us know how to get in touch with you.   We will follow up with details of the event and an invitation. Please respond before August 20 

Special Service Trips Offered Both Before and After the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Three day, two night service trips to Paliku and Kapalaoa cabins will be held Aug. 29-31 and Sept. 11-13.  For more information and to registers see There is a fee for these trips. 

New Member of the Board of Directors

Serena Kaldi was appointed the the FHNP Board of Directors at their meeting on April 4, 2016.  Thank you Serena for your commitment to our Park. 

Park’s Commercial-Free Days Set

Commercial-free days have been established for Haleakalā National Park for the remainder of 2016 and early 2017. As specified in the park’s Commercial Services Plan, commercial-free days are opportunities for Kanaka Maoli to conduct traditional cultural practices in the park without commercial tours present. The next set of commercial-free dates will be: 

  • Summer solstice (June 21, 2016)
  • Lolopua, one of the two days commonly known as zenith noon (July 18, 2016)
  • Start of Makahiki - 1st rites begin on kapu period of Hua (October 11, 2016)
  • Winter solstice (December 21, 2016)
  • End of Makahiki - after kapu period of Hua (January 10, 2017)
  • Summer solstice (June 21, 2017)

Although no commercial tours will be allowed on these days, the park will remain open to all visitors. Regular visitor entrance fees will apply. In determining these commercial-free dates, park officials sought input from Native Hawaiian staff, community members, the Bishop Museum, and the park’s kūpuna group.

“We hope the community will continue to take advantage of these commercial-free days and come to their park,” said Superintendent Natalie Gates.

FHNP 2015 Year in Review

Click on FHNP 2015 Year in Review to see what FHNP has been up to. 

Click on EVENTS for our free public programs on Haleakala's natural resources and Maui's environmental issues.

Photo by Christa Matthews


The general purpose of the FRIENDS OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, INC., a Hawai'i non-profit corporation, is to support educational, cultural, research, and service activities relating to the park and its ecosystems.


The mission of the Friends of Haleakala National Park  is to assist the park and the National Park Service to achieve the purposes and goals for which they were established: to preserve Haleakala's unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated Native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual resources. The Friends  also provide educational, inspirational, and recreational opportunities compatible with preserving the many natural, cultural, and spiritual resources of Haleakala so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Directors & Officers

Matt Wordeman, President
Shannon Wianecki, Vice President
Mele Stokesberry, Secretary
Mary Santa Maria, Treasurer
Martha E. Martin, Director
Don Reeser, Director
Serena Kaldi, Director

Advisory Board

Mary Evanson
Farley Jacob
Fern Duvall II

Kiope Raymond

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