Celebrating Haleakala’s past while planting for the future
Haleakala National Park Cultural Resources Manager Rachael Hodara presents U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono with a reproduction painting of “Haleakala Crater” by Paul Rockwood, while employees, visitors and students applaud on Nov. 21. The senator presented the national park a resolution commemorating the park’s centennial anniversary. After the presentation in heavy rain, Hirono worked alongside Kula Elementary School 4th-graders and planted ‘ahinahina, or silverswords, to commemorate the centennial celebrations of both Haleakala National Park and the National Park Service. Throughout the year, students in the 4th through 8th grades from several Maui schools, as well as students from the Horticulture Certification Program at University of Hawaii Maui College, have planted more than a thousand ‘ahinahina in the park.