Volunteers sought for a 3-day service trip in Haleakala Crater

Volunteers are sought for a service trip in Haleakala Crater over the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, to help Haleakala National Park protect and preserve the crater wilderness. This trip includes a guided hike down the Kaupo Gap and a ride back to the park. The cost, in addition to shared meals, is $15.

Participants will hike in via Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands) Trail, which starts at the summit visitor center, and stay in Paliku Cabin, doing light service work removing non-native plants.

A park ranger will accompany the trip to inform and answer questions about the biology, geology and history of Haleakala.

Participants must be able to hike in and out of the crater over rough terrain carrying a backpack with their clothing, personal items, sleeping bag and a share of the group’s food. First-time crater hikers are especially invited on this Friends of Haleakala National Park service outing.

People interested in volunteering should visit the website www.fhnp.org to register and learn more about the service trips and the group’s mission to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. Then reserve a place by calling the leader at 876-1673.