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Park Perspectives - a Panel Discussion - This Sunday! 

Sunday, Sept 25, 2016-10 am – 12 noon - McCoy Theater
The panel discussion will feature Natalie B. Gates, Superintendent of Haleakala NP, Cindy Orlando, Superintendent of Hawai`i Volcanoes NP, Bryan Harry, former Hawai`i Volcanoes NP Superintendent and former Pacific Area Director and Matt Wordeman, President, Friends of Haleakalā National Park. The panelists will provide an overview of their parks' shared history and answer questions about current park topics.

This panel discussion is held in conjunction with the ongoing Hawaii Parks Centennial Art Exhibit at the Schaeffer Gallery.   The Gallery will be open and the artists have been invited to be present. 

There is a $10 charge to attend the Park Perspectives Panel Discussion. 

Please come to learn more about the history of the National Parks in Hawaii and what you can do to help Promote, Protect and Improve them.

Service Event and Nature Hike - October 8

A daytime service trip is scheduled for  Saturday October 8th from 10am till 2pm. The trip will be organized by the newest FHNP trip leader, Arlene.  This month's project will be in the Hosmer Grove area at the pasture next to the resource management buildings. Our assignment will be pulling fireweed away from the pukiawe shrubs where the nene make their nests. Bring lunch, a rain jacket and sun protection.  After weeding we plan on a little hike at Hosmer’s- bring binoculars for bird watching if you like. The Park will waive entry fees for participants. Contact Arlene to learn more or to sign up. Email her at

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

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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 ~