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Volunteers sought to restore historic Halemaumau Trail

Paul and Jane Field, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park volunteers, on Halemaumau Trail. (Photo courtesy of NPA)

Paul and Jane Field, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park volunteers, on Halemaumau Trail. (Photo courtesy of NPA)

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has launched a new “Stewardship at the Summit” volunteer project to restore native Hawaiian forest surrounding one of the park’s most historic and beloved trails, Halemaumau Trail.

The dates and times are: 9-noon Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 23.

Meet Stewardship at the Summit project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, garden gloves, day pack, snacks and water. Tools will be provided.

No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply.

The Fields, who are volunteers, have removed countless Himalayan ginger, faya, strawberry guava, and other invasive non-native plants that threaten the native understory alongside Halemaumau Trail.

“It is an inspiring and heartwarming sight to see once-shaded amau and hapuu tree ferns emerge, and the seed banks of painiu, kawau, and other vital, native plants return to the rainforest on this beautiful trail,” said Park Ranger Adrian Boone. “We truly appreciate the selfless, valuable efforts the Fields and all volunteers make on behalf of the national park.”

Halemaumau Trail has been used since 1864, when guests at the newly established Volcano House hotel used it to hike into Kilauea Caldera.

A section leading across the caldera floor to Halemaumau Crater is closed, but much of the trail remains open and it is one of the park’s most treasured hikes for visitors and residents alike.

One Response to “Volunteers sought to restore historic Halemaumau Trail”

  1. if i going help the nat park trails and volunteer why do i have to pay park entrance fees? well i not going help

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