Thank you everyone for supporting the 2012 Digital Mountain Film Festival.

We are pleased to announce this year’s WINNERS!

7th – 9th Grade Category -                     WINNER – Narizza Saladino

10th – 12th Grade Category -                 WINNER – Siena Okimoto

People’s Choice Category -                    WINNER – Kamrie Koy

A special Mahalo to Ranger McDaniel and his staff for providing such a positive experience for the youth of our community.



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.







2012 Digital Mountain Film Festival – PLEASE VOTE!

Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park supports many programs in the park.  One program FHVNP currently sponsors (in partnership with Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the National Park Foundation) is the 2012 Digital Mountain Film Festival.

The Digital Mountain Film Festival is a film making competition open to all youth from 7th to 12th grade.  There are two categories for entries – 7th – 9th grade and 10th – 12th grade.

The competition asked for entries of Big Island youth to make a 3 minute video telling us why Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was important to them, and/or- How does life survive and thrive in Hawai’i?

The films have all been submitted and entry closed on November 5, 2012.  Now it is up to us to vote on our favorite film.

WE STILL HAVE TIME TO VOTE! – Voting closes on November 30, 2012. 

Please go to to view the films.  Public voting is for the “People’s Choice” award.  We are allowed to cast one vote for the People’s Choice.  You cannot cast your vote on the YouTube site (this is just for viewing the films).  Please cast your vote via email to

Please note:  We are not allowed to cast votes in each age group, but rather one vote for your overall favorite.  Make sure to indicate the name of the film you are voting for in your email.

There are three prizes being given – first one is for the People’s Choice (our vote), and then two separate awards for the two age groups (determined by an independent panel of judges). Computers are being awarded to the three winners!

We were pleased to be one of the sponsors of this educational and entertaining program!


Forest Restoration 2012 and Beyond

Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park are grateful to all of the volunteers that have worked on our Forest Restoration projects this year. Mahalo to everyone for your hard work! We have many successes to share.

Stay tuned for a pictorial walk through all the projects that were completed in 2012. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our Saturday, November 17, 2012 Forest Restoration Project is FULL and we are no longer signing up volunteers for this project. However, there are many opportunities to volunteer in 2013.

Please check out the events planned for 2013, starting with our January Forest Restoration Project –  Friday, January 18, 2013, this date falls on a Federal & State Holiday (Martin Luther King Day).  What a great time to volunteer!



Visit the Institute section (under “Hawai’i Volcanoes Institutes”) of our website and enjoy some of the stunning photographs from our recent Blooming Silverswords Institutes.

News Release: View Amazing “Images From the Edge” in Free Slideshow at Park

Hawai‘i National Park, HI – Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) was pleased to receive a whopping 178 photographic entries to their first annual “Images From the Edge” photo contest.

On Saturday, April 28, the public is invited to view contestants’ photos in a special multi-image slideshow. The free event starts at 6 p.m. in the park’s Kilauea Visitor Center, with pupus on the lanai. In honor of National Park Week, which runs April 21 to 29, entry to the park is free all week.

“It never ceases to amaze me how many outstanding entries we get from amateur photographers—and these sets of images are at least as good, and in many cases better, than any I have judged,” said contest judge Rick Decker.

“Given the quality of the images and the many faces of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the slideshow will be a real eye-opener for people with respect to the park’s beauty and the wide variety of photo ops in the park,” Decker added. “I think that myself and Alvis Upitis, the other judge, have our work cut out for us.”

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