Aloha Members and Friends

Unfortunately, due to the government shutdown, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will be closed until further notice.

Because our office is located inside of the National Park, we will temporarily move to another location – outside of the park in Volcano, Hawaii.

OUR OFFICE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS – we will maintain operations and we will continue to be staffed full-time!

We need to continue the critically important support of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Grant writing, program planning, fundraising and institutes on demand will still happen.  Stay tuned for program changes.

Walks and restoration projects scheduled for later this month will not be cancelled at this time.  If the government is still shut down, we will make alternative walk and restoration plans.

You can reach us by telephone at (808) 985-7373, email: or

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – for daily happenings, updates, member photos and more.

National Public Lands Day – September 28

National Public Lands Day is on Saturday, September 28.

Entrance fees to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park are waived – Great time to enjoy the park with your entire family.

Want to be part of a volunteer Forest Restoration Project instead?

Join the park and the Ocean View Community Association in controlling fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates. Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. We will learn about the problems of fountain grass and its safe control from a member of the park’s Natural Resources Management team.

For more about this Forest Restoration Project –…ion-project-18/


FOREST RESTORATION – Mahalo Volunteers!

We want to thank our volunteers and everyone on the Forest Restoration Committee!  The May 17 Forest Restoration Project was a great success.

The volunteers helped plant and mulch 60 understory plants to create a pocket forest to educate visitors. We hope to see you on other projects – the next one is June 15 ginger removal.



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!