In geological terms, Haleakala is very much a living place. Yes, the mountain is full of vibrant, colorful flora and fauna that’s as unique as Maui, but the volcano itself is also far from dead. As Jill Engledow has written in her voluminous 2012 book Haleakala: A History of the Maui Mountain, the last eruption took place just a couple centuries ago, while geologists won’t consider a volcano “extinct” until its been inactive for at least 10,000 years. But what’s 10,000 years, in the grand scheme of the universe, really?
Anyway, my digression into the mathematical possibilities of another eruption shouldn’t distract you from the fact that the group Friends of Haleakala National Park is looking for help. “The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for a service project in Haleakala Crater Saturday, October 12 through Monday, October 14,” stated a Sept. 15 press release from the Friends. “Participants will hike into the Crater and stay free in Kapalaoa Cabin, working on protection of native plants while also enjoying the beauty of the Crater wilderness in Haleakala National Park.”
At most, the group needs 12 volunteers, who must be able to hike in and out of the site as well as pack their gear, sleeping bag and their share of the food. For more information, visit the them online at Fhnp.org or call 808-669-8385.