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Haleakalā: Free Park Pass Available for Invasive Plant Removal Volunteers

Haleakala National Park courtesy photo.

Haleakalā National Park and the Pacific Whale Foundation are recruiting local volunteers for Waele ma Haleakalā, the twice-monthly invasive plant removal project. Waele translates to weed, clear, or remove weeds. Another meaning is that by caring for the land, the land will take care of you.

The next Waele ma Haleakalā will occur this Saturday, April 7, 2018. Since April of 2017, Waele ma Haleakalā volunteers have pulled 6,342 invasive pines and almost 2,500 invasive plants.

Volunteers will physically remove young pine trees and other small invasive plants from the Summit District. Transportation, training, hand tools, gloves, and other equipment will be provided.

Interested volunteers are asked to sign up by 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6,  by contacting the Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811. Space is limited to 11 people.

Waele ma Haleakalā projects are scheduled on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Volunteers will receive a Hawai`i Tri-Park Pass after 12 volunteer hours (3 Waele ma Haleakalā projects), through a donation provided by the Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association. This one-year pass covers admission to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Site, and Haleakalā National Park. Volunteers will also receive a volunteer t-shirt.

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