Traffic controllers will alternate traffic flow through the single open lane, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wait times to pass the construction area should not exceed 15 minutes.
Both lanes will be open to traffic if there is no active construction.
The project will replace approximately 3,000 feet of failing pipe that supplies water to Jaggar Museum and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
The Humpback Whales are arriving in Hawaii and it’s time for the annual “Humpback Whale Season Kick-off Event” at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site!
During whale season (December to April), the amazing volunteers from the Hawaii National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will be offering FREE whale watches at the park. To begin the 2014 whale season this year, we are planning a special event for the morning of Friday, December 20.
From 9:00am-12:00pm, you can take part in the season’s first whale watch. Enjoy watching these awesome creatures while learning all about them!
At 10:30am, the Foundation will be offering a special program about humpback whales and how the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is helping to ensure that humpback whales continue their recovery from the brink of extinction.
Regularly scheduled whale watches will then be offered at the park every Friday (9:00am-12:00pm) from December 27 to March 28 (may be extended into April depending on amount of whale activity).
We welcome all of you to join us…if you can’t, then be sure to subscribe to this site so you can get all the updates, photos, and videos during this year’s whale season! If you have any questions about this program, leave a comment or contact Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Aloha!
On December 4, 2013 Senator Mazie Hirono will be one of several speakers at “Nānā I Ke Kumu,” a special event to celebrate and unveil the new cultural brochure of Haleakalā National Park.
This bi-lingual Hawaiian-English brochure is the first in the 401-unit National Park System to be written by community members in the host community’s language. The project is a result of collaboration between community members and park staff.
Kupuna shared their mana`o (wisdom), their time, and their talents to improve understanding of the sacred nature of Haleakalā to Native Hawaiians. The authors each donated over 150 hours of time each to write, edit, and design a brochure that will be handed out to over 1 million visitors per year. These contributors will be recognized at the event, Nānā I Ke Kumu, which means “Look to the Source.”
The brochure asks visitors to share in the kuleana, the responsibility, of protecting Haleakalā. Community members chose their main message, wrote and edited the text, and chose the images they thought most important to share their story. The partnership between Maui community members and Haleakalā is considered a model in which native voices and perspectives are shared with the public. Support for the project was provided by the park’s non-profit partner, the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association.
The unveiling will take place in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park at 1pm on Wednesday, December 4. The event will include remarks from the Senator, representatives from the mayor’s office and the kupuna, as well as hula and music.The public is invited to attend with payment of the park’s entrance fee. The new brochures will be available to the public beginning on December 4, 2013.
Due to rising temperatures, the planet’s ice has dramatically melted. When amplified by the thermal expansion of water, it results in global sea level rise. Not all islands will experience the same rate of sea level change. For example, the Kona Coast is experiencing a sea level rise of about 1.5 inches per decade. This trend is gaining speed. The regional sea level is predicted to rise 7-23 inches by 2100.
Rising ocean water encroaches on freshwater aquifers. Saltwater intrusion affects coastal habitats such as anchialine pools. Many plants and animals depend on a delicate balance in these pools. As the sea level rises some of the pools will become too salty, and others will disappear completely.
At the same time, a decline in the health of coral reefs due to climate change could expose shorelines to more waves and storms. This significantly increases vulnerability for nearshore estuaries, beaches, coastal vegetation, and anchialine pools. Beach erosion is already a serious and expensive issue in Hawaii.
This Week’s MYTH Buster: “How can we have harsh winters and global warming at the same time?”
While we may use the terms “climate” and “weather” interchangeably, they are two very different things. “Weather” describes day-to-day conditions; “Climate” is the average of these weather conditions over long periods of time.
I Will Make a Difference: by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Producing new materials requires tremendous energy.
For more on the National Park Service and climate change: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/index.htm
Hawaii is home to a truly unique group of native plants that evolved from a few ancestral species to over 1,000 plant species. Due to habitat destruction and the competition from non-native species, many of these plants are threatened or endangered. Climate change presents a new threat. As rainfall and vegetation patterns change across the islands, aggressive invasive plants often have a competitive advantage over native plants. For example, when a landscape becomes drier it becomes more susceptible to fires. Once a fire has ravaged an area, fire tolerant invasive grasses like fountain grass moves in and dominates an area that might otherwise be covered by native species.
Another way in which native plants suffer from climate change involves elevation and mauka (mountain) forests. Most invasive plant species are well adapted to warmer, lower elevations. Through the years, many native plants have conversely maintained cooler mountain strongholds. Mauka temperatures in Hawaii are increasing at a rate of about 0.5°F every decade. The aggressive plant invaders will find it easier to move upslope into native habitats as a result.
This Week’s MYTH Buster: “I am just one person. I can’t make a difference.”
This couldn’t be further from the truth. The best way to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels is one person, one family, and one community at a time. Every small effort from each individual adds up to make a real difference for the future of our world.
I Will Make a Difference: by carpooling more often.
More on the National Park Service and climate change: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/index.htm
Multiple agencies participated in the first “Paddles Up Canoe Race” in Pago Pago Harbor, sponsored by the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources. The National Park of American Samoa joined the competition with members from the park’s terrestrial crew.
We congratulate our team for their 2nd place win in the men’s group!
To view more highlights of the event, visit our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Park-of-American-Samoa/118648148187878