COMMITTED TO OUR PARK

During the government shutdown, Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park today, and everyday are supporting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

The closure may be temporary, but the park will always need support.  This time, more than ever, we need to stay involved.

What can you do?

  • Become a Friends’ member or renew your membership
  • Designate a donation to your favorite project/program
  • Volunteer for future programs and events

We are also committed to providing alternative experiences for our members and visitors alike.  Check out our upcoming institutes.  All proceeds from our  institutes support the park.

We are OPEN for business – Email: institute@fhvnp.org  • website: www.fhvnp.org  • call (808) 985-7373.

Martin LeDuc Memorial Fund

MARTIN RICHARD LEDUCYour time volunteering must be valued but we can never put a value on that time. How can you value something that is priceless?

Martin LeDuc passed away on November 12 and we are saddened to lose such a vibrant member of our community and Friends’ Volunteer Extraordinaire.

From his tireless work with forest restoration, creating tools (never losing his millwright skills), to his generous donations to our 4th of July auction, working in our office, his kind words, funny stories – Martin LeDuc you will be missed!

Martin was born in Detroit, Michigan and worked as a millwright in automobile factories and power plants.  He lived in the Glenwood area of our island and is survived by brothers, Richard and James; sister, Cyndi; and one aunt.

If you would like to make a donation to Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Memory of Martin LeDuc, you may do so here

or mail your donation indicating “Martin LeDuc Memorial Fund” on your check to FHVNP, PO Box 653, Volcano Hawai’i 96785.

 

 

 

 

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Al Rodgrigues

“My continued annual membership in FHVNP is an easy and effective way for me to help in preserving our unique Big Island environment and culture. While that alone is well worth the membership fee, with it comes the bonus of membership benefits such as unique experiential educational programs and discounts at the park’s gift shop.”

Guido Giacometti & Susan Tius

“The volunteers of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park always have impressed us with their contributions of time and energy to the national park and promotion of activities which give people access to experience and enjoy the park.  The organization also benefits Volcano Village where we have a family home at which we hope to spend more time in the future.  We are pleased to support FHVNP.”

Ken & Patty Kupchak

“For 30 years we have lived on the ‘Summit’ of Kilauea and restored our property’s native landscape.  During the 1980s we defended the national park for almost a decade from geothermal encroachment.  We are happy to contribute time and money to the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  For us, it’s a no brainer.”

Alan Okinaka

“Often, when I hike a trail in Hawai‘i Volcanoes, I find myself staring endlessly into a quiet crater, up into a tree trying to find that elusive ‘i‘iwi, or marveling at the shades of light created by the grand hapu‘u fern.  When I leave the park, I collect my thoughts for the day and I am reminded again of the importance of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  In a small way, we provide a link to the future by helping to preserve my wonderful experiences on the trail for others to follow and enjoy as part of their lives.”

Virginia Goldstein

“Why are the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park important to me?  Because the national park is a unique place—the volcanoes, the landscape, the trees, the animals—there’s an interrelationship between all the different aspects.  I have really enjoyed coming to the park since I was a kid.  I can remember visiting when I was 8 and now I’m 70 so that’s a long, long time.  It’s a very peaceful place; it’s a very powerful place.  It needs the Friends—people to help the park along.”