Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, February 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This month we will be working at the Kahuku unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. We will be planting native seedling trees in a fenced enclosure where the plants will be protected from grazing animals. We will learn about the park’s native forest restoration program at Kahuku and be able to see the start of natural recovery of the forest.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain covered by thick pasture grasses in an area with a moderate slope.  Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water, snacks, and a bag lunch. 

Also imperative is scrubbing the soles of one’s shoes prior to arrival on site, in order to ensure outside dirt and invasive species seeds aren’t tracked in.

Our goal is a crew of 12 people, and pre-registration is required.  All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign. We will be a half-hour drive in from the parking area, so volunteers will need to stay until the project is completed at 3 pm.

Be aware that there can be VOG or high levels of SO2 in the area.  If it is too heavy or the Park is closed, we’ll cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance. 

 ***If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening February 16th. Please include your first & last name, email address and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation***


Come join us for a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our National Park and participate in native forest recovery!


We look forward to working with you on many important projects this year!

Please save the dates for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2015

March 20, Friday
April 17, Friday
June 20, Saturday
July 17, Friday
August 14, Friday
September 11, Friday
October 16, Friday
November 20, Friday

Tree planting 8-28 022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm