Volunteers sought for service trip to crater

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for its monthly service project in Haleakala National Park Aug. 16-18.

Participants will hike into the crater and stay for free in Holua Cabin, working Aug. 17 in the scenic Waikau north area on the protection of native plants. There will be time for fellowship, photography, exploring or relaxing, according to an announcement. Participants in August are likely to see some of the native silversword plants in bloom.

The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for participants doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park.

A maximum of 12 people can be accommodated on each trip, and volunteers must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater at altitude, carrying their personal items, including a sleeping bag, as well as a their breakfasts and lunches and a share of the communally purchased dinner food.

Visit www.fhnp.org to register and learn more about the service trips and the Friends’ mission to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. Then contact the leader at christy@fhnp.org.