Intern stands in front of large volcanic caldera

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes

The clouds begin to break as the wind moves them up the slopes of the mountain. Peeking from behind the clouds is one of the world’s largest volcanoes, Mauna Loa. At the foot of that mountain is its younger volcanic …

Dan Hubner

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts Studies in December of 2017. After graduation I moved to the “Big Island” of Hawaii to be near family and I started volunteering at Hawaii Volcanoes National …

Endemic Plants of Hawai‘i

The Hawaiian islands are home to many special plants and animals, many of which are endemic. Being endemic means restricted or peculiar to a locality or region. Through my time at the park, I’ve witnessed many plants that are endemic to Hawai‘i. …

Poi Pounding with Ranger Keoni

Beautifully prepared poi. Photo by A Taste of Hawaii.

If you’ve ever been to Hawai‘i, you’ve probably heard about poi. Poi is a thick paste of pounded taro root, a traditional staple of Hawaiian cuisine. Traditional poi is produced by mashing …