Volunteers sought for next crater service trip in July

The Friends of Haleakala National Park will offer volunteers a service trip into Haleakala Crater July 4 to 6. Service trips into the crater are offered once a month. Of those, three are “service learning trips” that are accompanied by an interpretive park ranger. The other nine service trips are led by volunteers.

Participants will experience a trip through the crater wilderness while learning about and helping to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park.

First-time crater hikers are especially invited on this Friends of Haleakala National Park service outing, according to an announcement.

Participants will stay in Paliku Cabin and do light service work removing nonnative plants. A park ranger will accompany the trip to inform and answer questions about the biology, geology and history of Haleakala.

The group will hike in via Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands) Trail, which starts at the summit visitor center, and come out of the crater down the Kaupo Gap trail, with a van ride arranged back to the park.

The only cost, in addition to shared meals, is a fee of $15 for the return transportation. Participants must be able to hike over rough terrain carrying a backpack with their clothing, personal items, a sleeping bag and a share of the group’s food.

Similar trips are offered over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Visit the website www.fhnp.org to register and learn more about the service trips and the Friends’ mission to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. Then reserve your place by calling the leader at 876-1673.

* This article includes a correction from the original published on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. It incorrectly reported the number of annual service trips into Haleakala Crater. The Maui News apologizes for the error.