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National Park Volunteer Reaches Milestone

June 22, 2011

Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site’s “Master Ranger” volunteer Dave Boyle in action at last month’s Pacific Islander Day.

You never know when or where you will run into National Park Service volunteer Dave Boyle. One thing you do know, like a soldier who always has his rifle at his side, you will never see Dave without his camera. Whether capturing Kilauea’s ever-changing eruptive moods or serving as the official eye-witness to important cultural events, Dave is always there documenting in photographs what is our shared national heritage: the National Parks of Hawaii.

Now Dave has gone where very few National Park Service volunteers have ever gone. On Wednesday, June 15 (at noon to be exact), Dave reached his volunteer goal of 10,000 hours, which is equivalent to nearly 5 years of full-time federal service. Dave, who moved to the Island from the Pacific Northwest in 1999, brings more than just his camera to Hawaii’s national parks. Through his respect of the Hawaiian culture, awe for the power of nature in action and a contagious sense of humor, Dave has endeared himself to National Park Service staff, park visitors, other volunteers and cultural practitioners.

A three-time cancer survivor, Dave has brought a passion for life and for beauty that are clearly evident in the tens-of-thousands of photographs he has taken and then in turn given to the National Park Service. His photographic record of the past several years is truly a national treasure: photographs depicting park staff in action, momentous cultural events, scientific research, visitors at play, a changing landscape…all of these moments are now part of our national recorded memory in the form of Dave’s photographs.

One of the rare times we’ve ever seen Dave without his camera…he had to keep it away so it wouldn’t melt!

Having reached his volunteer goal, Dave has said that he is going on to new pursuits, with occasional volunteer work taken “upon request.” The staff of Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site is honored to have Dave as their volunteer and, more importantly, as their friend. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Mahalo nui loa!

If you are interested in joining the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks program visit

One Comment leave one →
  1. islanderparkscience permalink
    September 21, 2011 7:50 am

    We love volunteers! Check out

    Or call an individual park that you are interested volunteering for.

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