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Overnight Service Trips Scheduled for 2022

Single day greenhouse events are on!  

The FHNP has worked with the NPS to design procedures for 'Covid-aware' service trips.  Group size will be kept to 10 or less and participants must be free from Covid symptoms, and must not have traveled, or been near anyone with Covid in the 14 days prior to the trip.  You will complete paperwork on-line, including the NPS volunteer agreement, and a Covid-aware job hazards acknowledgement. Essentially, you are responsible for your hygiene, must wear a mask except when exercising, must keep socially distant and will not share tools. 

The NPS is allowing only a small number of service trips and no weekend service trips to visitor cabins  in 2022.   Trips to Holua Hilton will be a mix of tent and ranger cabin occupancy.   The allowed occupation in the cabins will likely change in the future as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. 

For overnight tent camping trips,   You must carry in your own tent, sleep pad, sleeping bag, food and clothes.   We will have access to a cabin, but only for handwashing, water, heating food and water and clean-up.  Asof 10/2021,   One person may shelter in the Holua Hilton,  four may shelter in the Paliku Patrol cabin, 

These will be long, physically challenging days requiring hiking and climbing at high altitudes both on and off trail.    Your reward is an opportunity to enjoy your Park in areas you may have never visited and leaving it better off than before your service.  Bring your own work/weeding gloves, clothes, water and food. 

You must register and be approved by the trip leader to join.    For more information and to sign-up,  contact   or   See the schedule below for the dates of the trips. 

Participants should complete NPS paperwork electronically prior to the trip and email the completed forms to the trip coordinator.   Forms can be found at    Please complete the Veg Mgmt agreement and the Filable VIP Operations form.  Please read through the information in the files to understand the procedures required to minimize Covid exposure and risk. 

(Matt Wordeman photos)

Monthly One-Day Nursery Service Events re-starting in May 2021

The Friends of Haleakala National Park are offering a new one-day service activity at the park’s plant nursery in the Haleakala summit district on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Volunteers will help park horticulturist with jobs involving caring for the rare, endemic plants being propagated, such as transplanting, weeding, cleaning and preparing seeds for storage or planting, and some pot washing.  The park recycles pots which have to be carefully cleaned to prevent the spread of plant diseases. There may sometimes be some out planting, but most of the service work is done inside, and participants can drive up to the location of the work.

Those interested should call Mary at 572-1584 for a reservation.  Reservation is required due to Covid-related group size limitations. 

Participants should bring water, lunch and snacks, and their own gloves if desired. The park will provide other tools. Wear sturdy shoes, and in case of out planting work, bring a hat and sunscreen.


Location Organizers
2021 Dates Location Organizers
May 15 Holua Day Trip  Andy / Matt 
Feb. 13-15 Holua Andy / Matt
March 26-28 Holua Andy / Matt
April 16-18 Kipahulu Andy / Matt
May 29-31 Paliku Andy / Matt
June 11-13 Holua Andy / Matt
July 3-6 Paliku Andy / Matt
Aug. 20-22 Holua Andy / Matt
Sept. 4-7 Paliku Andy / Matt
Oct. 8 - 10 Kipahulu Andy / Matt
Nov. 12 - 14 Holua Andy / Matt
Dec. 10 - 12 TBD Andy / Matt 
2022 Dates Location Organizer
Jan. 21-23 Holua Hilton TBD
Feb 19-21 Holua Hilton TBD
Mar. 22-24 Kapalaoa TBD
Apr 15-17 Kipahulu TBD
May 29-Jun 1 Paliku Patrol  TBD
June 10-12 Holua Hilton TBD
July 2-5 Paliku Patrol TBD
Aug 19-21 Holua Hilton TBD
Sep 3-6 Paliku Patrol TBD
Oct 7-9 Holua Hilton TBD
Nov 11-13 Kipahulu TBD
Dec 13-15 Kapalaoa TBD

The NPS will no longer allow service trips to exit Kaupo Gap... we are working to change that. 

Kipahulu trips are car camping.  
Holua Hilton trips are limited occupancy and/or tent camping. 
Kapalaoa trips are difficult back-packing trips. 
Paliku trips are strenuous back-packing trips 

Please consider your experience, ability and physical condition when choosing a trip. 


Before signing up for a service trip, please create an account (from link in the left column), then log into the account to learn more about the trips and certify your readiness for a service trip. After that, call or email the listed leader for more information and to make reservations to join a trip. 

Leader Contact Information

  • Andy:
  • Bobbie:
  • Christy:
  • Joani:   (808)669-8385
  • Liz: 
  • Matt:    (808)876-1673
  • Michael
  • Mike:
  • Tano:

For all overnight trips in the Crater, participants need to bring first day's water, sun and rain protection, work gloves, comfortable boots or close-toed walking shoes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent,  extra socks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners,  personal supplies, a flashlight and warm clothing. 

Note: the information in the links below applies to cabin service trips which are currently on hold.   Contact Andy or Matt to learn more about the requirements for the 2021 tent camping trips. 
Description of Work
Service Trip Packing List
Service Trip Itinerary


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