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This week we celebrate Mele Stokesberry, who has been coming to Haleakalā since the 1970’s, and who has served on the board of Friends of Haleakalā National Park for 18 years. Mele now volunteers as a Kia‘i Ala Hele (Trail Guardian) and spends her time interacting with visitors on the Keonehe‘ehe‘e (Sliding Sands) Trail­— teaching them about the resources at Haleakalā.

As a young girl, Mele dreamed of being a park ranger. Now Mele protects Haleakalā by informing visitors to not create or use “social trails” that cause erosion. Her work helps protect the endangered ‘āhinahina (silversword) and other endangered native plants and animals that live along the trail. Mele is one of the many women that protect Haleakalā for future generations. (KEM) #haleakalā #nps #womenshistorymonth

Happy first day of spring! And thank you to photographer, Jim Murray, for sharing this awesome shot of one of our native honeycreepers, the ʻamakihi (Chlorodrepanis virens), sipping nectar from our native ʻōhiʻa tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) in Hosmer Grove.

The weather may be shifting, but technically we don't have "spring" here in Hawaiʻi. Instead of four seasons, the ancient Hawaiians observed a lunar calendar that had only two main seasons. The dry, summer season, kauwela, begins around April and the wet, winter season, hoʻoilo, begins around October.

By the Hawaiian calendar, we are in the lunar month of Nana, on the night of the Māhealani (the full moon). The moon's phase dictates the best times for planting, harvesting, and fishing activites. Today is an excellent day for lawai'a (fishing) and mahi ʻai (planting). #Māhealani #Spring #LunarCalendar #Haleakalā #Nana #Amakihi #HosmerGrove #Ohia #Lehua

Mahalo to @jdubcaptures for sharing this amazing night sky picture taken from the summit here! Haleakalā is one of the best places in the world to look at the stars from. Just be sure to bring extra layers- it gets chilly at 10,023'! #HaleakalāatNight #NightSky #StellarViews #FindYourPark


“Despite how many times that I have been here [Haleakalā]— hiked the same trails— been in the crater — there is always something new to discover.” –Erika Kekiwi

Erika Kekiwi was born and raised on Maui. In high school she became interested in nature and knew she wanted a career outside, surrounded by the native environment. Erika earned a degree in environmental science and started interning at Haleakalā National Park in 2016. A year later she became a field technician stationed at Haleakalā with the Research Corporation for the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH). Erika works with Haleakalā National Park’s endangered wildlife management crew, focusing on predator control management. Her job is to find ways to keep predator animals out of the park and away from native birds that call this mountain home. Besides predator control she monitors native birds, such as the endangered nēnē (Branta sandvicensis) and the critically endangered ‘akohekohe (Palmeria dolei) that lives in Kīpahulu Valley.

For women that are interested in a career with conservation, Erika says “You can do it! There has been a major cultural shift for women that want to work in environmental science and want to be outside in the field. Haleakalā is a great example of a strong women presence in the resource management division.” Erika is one of many women that help protect the natural and cultural resources at Haleakalā.
#haleakalā #womenshistorymonth #nps #npshistory

Happy National Pulelehua (Butterfly) Day!

Mahalo to Forest and Kim Starr for sharing these amazing photos of our two native, endemic butterflies: the koa or Blackburn blue butterfly (Udara blackburnii) and the Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea)! These special butterflies favor our native māmaki (Pipturis albidis) and 'a'ali'i (Dodonaea viscosa) for laying their eggs and then feast on the nectar of our native koa trees (Acacia koa) as adults.
Look for them on your ramblings about the park! Happy trails!

#NationalButterflyDay #Pulelehua #Butterfly #NativeInsects #ForestandKimStarr #Kamehameha #Koa #Haleakalā #HappyNaturalizing!


Help us mālama (care for) our oceans! Be aware that the sunscreens and products you wear while in Hawai'i make their way to our delicate coral reefs and could be doing damage to our ocean ecosystems.
Chemicals commonly used in sunscreens such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, octisalate, homosalate, and avobenzone can cause reefs to eject their mutualistic algae resulting in coral bleaching.
It's important to protect yourself from the sun's harmful radiation, but cover up and be sure to look for "physical" sunscreens that use titanium oxide or zinc oxide as active ingredients.
For more information on the effects of chemical sunscreens on our reefs, check out this helpful link:


Mahalo to local photographer Archer @archer357 for sharing this awesome oceanscape from our Kīpahulu campground.

#Mālama'Āina #ReefFriendly #CoralBleaching #ProtectOurReefs #CheckTheLabels #SunscreenBan #Kīpahulu #Haleakalā


In honor of women’s history month, we are highlighting the women who protect, preserve, and educate the resources at Haleakalā National Park. This week’s spotlight is on Patti Welton, who has been the park’s botanist for 27 years.
Patti got her Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she learned about the unique flora and ecology of Hawai‘i. After finishing school, Patti started her career at Haleakalā. This was during a time where there were limited conservation jobs in Hawai‘i. At Haleakalā Patti was one of the only woman in her vegetation management division preserving the natural resources for the park for many years.

Patti has experienced the discovery of species known to be extinct, seen some of the rarest plants, and has spent many days working in the pristine Kīpahulu Valley. One of her favorite things about working at Haleakalā is getting to see her work benefiting the ecosystem. (KEM)

#haleakalā #womenshistorymonth #nps #npshistory #botany

Photographed are nursery volunteers and park staff transplanting over 350 ʻāhinahina (silverswords). Come join Haleakalā’s monthly nursery volunteer program that meets every first Tuesday of the month from 9am-12pm. As a volunteer you will transplant native Hawaiian plants, wash pots, and process seeds for propagation and storage. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at hale_vip_coordinator@nps.gov. (KEM)

#Haleakalā #findyourpark #volunteer #nativehawaiianplants #silversword #ʻāhinahina

This strange plant is our hulumoa or native Hawaiian mistletoe (Korthalsella complanata). Hulumoa is an epiphyte, meaning that rather than taking root in the soil, it germinates atop other plants. In this picture, a hulumoa is growing out of a pūkiawe (Leptecophylla tameiameiae) shrub in the Haleakalā Crater. Once a hulumoa takes root, it deploys "sinkers" into the tissue of its host that allow it to siphon off nutrients. But despite its parasitic nature, the hulumoa is an important part of our native Hawaiian ecosystems- providing habitat for many native insects. Look for it on native trees like our 'ohi'a (Metrosideros polymorpha) or koa (Acacia koa). #PlantOfTheDay #Hulumoa #VampireVeggie #Mistletoe #HaleakalāCrater #NativePlants
Photo Credit: Zach Wilson @crowandcoyote


Mahalo to @thecarefreecoconut for sharing this awesome crater camping picture with us! "After my first day along Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands) Trail, weathering a torrential downpour in a field of lava rock, and curling up in my tent for a lightening storm that continued through the night, I woke to a sunny day at Palikū, nine miles from the Haleakalā summit. As the sun crept over the rainforest cliff, nēnē milled about and I mapped out my day over a warm cup of coffee." Palikū, translated as "standing cliff", is the most remote camping area in the Haleakalā wilderness area, but it is well worth the 10 mile trek. If you're interested in backpacking at Haleakalā read up on the wilderness area details and conditions on our website and then come get your back country permit at one of our visitor centers.

#Repost #Haleakalā #Palikū #Wilderness #Camping #Crater #Nēnē #HappyTrails


Women’s History Month is dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of women in American history. The early history of women in the National Park Service (NPS) has been overlooked for many years. But in the recent decades historians have started to interpret the untold stories of women in the NPS.

Some of the first women that were involved with the park service were the wives and daughters of male park rangers. However, this changed during times of war. While men were away fighting, women would fill in as rangers - showing that they could do the work.
Later in the 1960s and 1970s, women start to appear more in administrative and interpretative positions in the parks. This was due to the feminist movement and laws prohibiting discrimination against race, color, religion, gender or national origin.

Here at Haleakalā we saw our first female staff working as receptionists, administrative assistants, and interpretive rangers. Later in the 1970s, Haleakalā starts to see more women working out in the field doing ecology and conservation. Today almost half of park staff are women. Not only are there women in administrative positions, but in science, leadership, and law enforcement. Their dedication to protecting the natural and cultural resources of our National Parks is an important part of history and will be highlighted for the entire month of March. (KEM)
#haleakala #womenshistorymonth #mauihistory #archives #nps #npshistory

The deadline is fast approaching on March 1st for the park’s 2019 summer internship programs. To apply for the ‘Imi I Ka Lama Collegiate Internship go to https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/168 and to apply for the Pōhai Maile High School Internship go to https://www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved/index.htm. Get your application in today. Come see us at UH Maui Spring Job Fair on Thursday. Hgd #haleakalā #internships #maui #hawaii #conservation #mālamaʻāina #futurestewards #youthinparks #nps #parkpartners #uhmc #kupu

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