Posted on: March 9, 2012

Go Green for St. Patrick's Day: Volunteer at Haleakala National Park

In addition to "wearing o' the green" on St. Patrick's Day, how about doing something green -- by volunteering to help protect the unique ecosystem found at Haleakala National Park?

On Saturday, March 17, as part of its "Volunteering on Vacation" program,  Pacific Whale Foundation will host a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees at the park during the afternoon. Free transportation will be provided, with meeting points at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store in Ma'alaea at 1:00 pm and at the Tavares Community Center in Pukalani at 1:30 pm. The volunteers will also receive free admission to the park, and will receive a free tote bag from Pacific Whale Foundation as a thank-you gift. 
The trip will be led by one of Pacific Whale Foundation's professional naturalists. The outing will include time for a visit to the summit of Haleakala and also a break for a  picnic lunch. Each participant needs to bring water and lunch, and should wear warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes. 
Reservations are required. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at  (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at
Pacific Whale Foundation has offered its Volunteering on Vacation program for seven years. Through Volunteering on Vacation, visitors are matched with volunteer projects that allow them to spend a few hours off the beaten path, to visit remote areas that are often not visited by tourists, to learn about Hawaiian culture and wildlife -- and to make a difference on behalf of the environment.
Participating in Volunteering on Vacation is free, and all who volunteer for three hours or more receive a free tote bag. Pacific Whale Foundation provides funding, staff time and resources to support the program.
"Through Volunteering on Vacation on St. Patrick's Day, you can contribute in a meaningful way for just a few hours," says Anne Rillero, Communications Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. "You'll still have time in the evening for additional revelry, but you'll have the satisfaction of visiting an amazing place and making a difference during your day."