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Mahalo Monday: Honoring Volunteers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

February 2, 2015
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 2014 volunteers. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Volunteers might work for free, but their contributions to the National Park Service are priceless! Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park recently honored its 2014 volunteers , recognizing the 760 volunteers who worked a total of 35,862 hours in 2014. Their time equates to a donation valued at more than $800,000.

According to Hawai‘i Volcanoes volunteer coordinator Kūpono McDaniel, NPS Master Volunteer David Boyle reached a milestone of 15,000 hours in 2014, giving generously of his time to both Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site. In addition, many retired park employees are now volunteers, including Tim Tunison, Deb Shepard, Ruth Levin, Paul Ducasse, and others.

The park’s weekly Stewardship at the Summit volunteer project gives people the opportunity to support the park by simply dropping in and removing invasive plant species, allowing them to connect with the park without being part of a more formal program. It also helps the park engage transient visitors in stewardship opportunities, McDaniel said.

Citizens interested in volunteering at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park can visit www.volunteer.gov/gov, or contact Kūpono McDaniel at (808) 985-6015 or email him at kupono_mcdaniel@nps.gov.

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