Haleakala National Park is recruiting local residents for its Kia’i ala Hele (Trail Guardians) program.
Volunteers are wanted to educate backpackers and hikers about the park’s unique natural and cultural resources. Families are encouraged to apply.
Trail Guardians commit to volunteering six hours a month for six months.
Kia’i ala Hele began as a pilot program in 2004, funded by the non-profit park partner Hawaii Pacific Parks Association.
Twelve of the original 14 volunteers continue to participate today.
“We have been hiking in Haleakala with our son since he was five,” said volunteer Jennifer Hunt. “It is a beautiful place and we knew early on that we had found something special. It’s such a great opportunity for Ryan and kids today in general, to ‘unplug’ and see what is out in the real world. We all really enjoy having a reason to go up there once a month.”
The application deadline is Wednesday, May 20.
Three required training sessions will be offered: Wednesday, May 27, 5-8 p.m., at Pukalani Community Center; Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at park headquarters; and Saturday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at park headquarters.
Trainings will cover natural and cultural resources, education, emergency protocols and CPR/First Aid.