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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, HI (May 12th - May 18th 2019)

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. In recognition of its outstanding values, this park has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. The park's 333,086 acres extend from sea level to 13,677' and encompass the summits and rift zones of two of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The park's seven ecological zones harbor distinct plant and animal communities, and are a refuge for many endangered species including the Hawaiian monkseal, the hawksbill turtle and the Hawaiian nene (a goose), sea birds and the hoary bat.

Participants will pull invasive Haole Koa plants and seedlings and remove rock that impedes turtle nesting behaviors. We'll also clear trails leading to Keahou, brushing and restoring tread. Finally, we'll work on campsite restoration and facilities maintenance.

We'll backpack ~7 miles from approximately 4000-feet to the shore at Keahou on the remote southeast coast where we'll set up a tent camp for the week. Participants will pull invasive Haole Koa plants and seedlings and remove rock that impedes turtle nesting behaviors. We'll also clear trails leading to Keahou, brushing and restoring tread. Finally, we'll work on campsite restoration and facilities maintenance. Due to the unpredictable nature of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, our group will remain on alert to break camp and move on short notice, should volcanic or weather conditions dictate. One of the most pristine reefs in Hawaii is located in this area, so bring your snorkeling gear and swimsuit.

This project is rated as a challenging project.

Check out more photos from prior year's Hawaii Volcanoes projects in our gallery.

**Note: Participants on Hawaii projects must have paid for their airfare at least two months before the start date and furnish this information to the leaders. We have discovered that folks who do not have firm travel plans by this time often cancel, and these projects are hard to fill at the last minute.

Dates

May 12th - May 18th 2019

Service Project

Invasive species removal

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Free Days

Exploring coastline, swimming, snorkeling, etc.

Accommodations

Tent camping on ocean's edge with tropical breezes!

Project Difficulty

Challenging : 7 mile backpack, tent camping, with pack support

Leaders

Debra Ellers
Chris Stearns

Equipment List

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