Haleakala National Park and the Pacific Whale Foundation are recruiting local volunteers for Waele ma Haleakala twice-monthly invasive plant removal project.
Waele translates to weed, clear, or remove weeds. A deeper meaning is that by caring for the land, the land will take care of you.
The project involves working with park staff and a Pacific Whale Foundation certified naturalist to pull out very young pines, saw down small older pines, or pull out other small invasive plants, such as evening primrose, from the Summit District.
Transportation, training, hand tools, gloves, and other equipment will be provided. Volunteers should bring water, snacks, and sun protection; wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers; and be prepared to hike on uneven surfaces.
The next Waele ma Haleakala will be hosted Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Volunteers will be picked up at Maalaea Harbor at 7:30 a.m. or at the main parking lot of the Pukalani Community Center at 8 a.m., work for three hours, visit the summit, and be dropped off by 3 p.m.
If you’d like to volunteer, you must sign up by 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, by contacting the Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811. Space is limited to 11 people.
Waele ma Haleakala projects are scheduled on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Volunteers will receive a Hawaii Tri-Park Pass after 12 volunteer hours (three Waele ma Haleakala projects), through a donation provided by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association.
This one-year pass covers admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Site, and Haleakala National Park.
Volunteers will also receive a volunteer t-shirt.