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Welcome to Haleakala National Park!

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Jade Torgerson

on 19 May 2015

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Haleakala National Park Presentation
Welcome to Haleakala National Park!
Why is it important?
Haleakala is the volcano that made Maui. It is currently a dormant volcano and hasn't erupted for thousands of years. It is home to native, endemic, and even endangered species. The Hawaiian people believed that it was home to one of the sacred gods, Pele. She was known as a more passionate and occasionally vengeful goddess, the goddess of volcanoes and creator of all the Hawaiian islands. There are many stories about her wrath both upon mortal men and fellow gods and goddesses. In any case, Haleakala is a very important piece of history for the culture of Hawaii. It is also an important habitat and home to many endangered and endemic species.
Who lives there?
Hawaiian Nene Goose
fun facts about the nene goose:
-endangered species (protected by state and federal laws)
-only found in hawai'ian islands
-breeding season: October-March
-suffering from habitat loss due to invasive species such as the dog, cat, goat, and others.
-state bird
-in 1950s only about 30 birds were left in the wild
Haleakala is home to many rare and beautiful species, such as the Hawaiian petrel ('ua'u) and the Hawaiian goose (nene) which are both endangered. Another famous species there is the silverswords. Maui is the only place on earth were silverswords can be found anymore, and have nearly gone extinct in the past.
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Invasive species
Did you know?
Thank you!

Endangered by goats and pigs, these silverswords area rare and beautiful endangered species. They have juicy leaves, coated in a silvery coat of hair.
They are found only on Maui and hundreds of photographers from across the globe come to see them every year.
fun facts:
-live between 3-90+ years
-affected by climate change
-die soon after flowering

Silverswords are important not only to the ecosystem but the native culture of the land.
Invasive animal: Goat
Invasive Plant: grass
The grass is considered a weed on the summit of Haleakala, as it chokes out native plants like the silversword.
Goats destroy the habitat and ecosystems of the species that depend on it. They also eat some of the good plants.
-takes up resources that native plants depend on
-tear up habitats needed for native species

The nene goose serves an important role to the ecosystem, and is a very special species to the culture of the Hawaiian people.
-up to 120 inches of annual rainfall in some areas
-according to Hawai'ian beliefs, the demigod Maui lives there
-still holds amazing amounts of originally adapted ecosystems from the beginning of Hawaiian evolution in relativity to other areas
How can we help?
Visitors can help by preserving the natural environment of the crater, by staying on trail, being respectful to the culture, not attempting to recreate some of the relics, and not leaving any trash behind when they leave.
(above) a beautiful sunrise as seen from the summit

+prior knowledge, thanks to the visitor center at Haleakala National Park
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