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Service trips planned for Haleakala

The Friends of Haleakala and Haleakala National Park will host two service trips in October, with the first on Oct. 1 and the other Oct. 12-14.

Both trips include free entrance to the park.

The Oct. 1 trip, 8:30 to noon, is at the plant nursery in the summit district. Volunteers interested should call 572-1584 for a reservation.

Volunteers may carpool with the group from Tavares Community Center in Pukalani at 8 a.m. Most of the service work is done inside, and the volunteers can drive up to the location of the work.  Participants should bring water, lunch and snacks, and gloves if desired. The park will provide other tools. Wear sturdy shoes, and in case of out-planting work, bring a hat and sunscreen.

Volunteers for the Oct. 12-14 trip can stay in the bunkhouse, equipped with a kitchen, shower and out-house, or may set up tents in the adjacent lawn. Participants can drive up to the bunkhouse, so no backpacking is required.

All participants need to bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad, and some need to bring a tent. The group of up to 12 do a variety of tasks, directed by the park’s volunteer coordinator. Anticipated work includes greenhouse clean-up and maintenance, weeding, native plant habitat restoration and lo’i restoration on the Pipiwi trail.

The group will carpool to the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park on Oct. 12. Preference will be given to those who can attend all three days. But help will still be needed on Oct. 12 and 13.

For a reservation for the overnight trips, or a future trip scheduled on the Friends of Haleakala National Park website, see www.fhnp.org, send email to andy@fhnp.org.