In honor of the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, the board of directors of Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association has approved an additional $100,000 in cash donations to the six parks in Hawai‘i and American Samoa served by HPPA.
This is in addition to donations of $233,000 approved last fall, and to the over $900,000 in program services donated in the form of staffing. Proceeds from our nine park stores support interpretation, educational programs, research projects, publications, and cultural activities in our partner parks.
The additional funding, “100,000 for the 100 years,” will allow the parks to provide enhanced programs for the many 2016 centennial events and to encourage visitors to “find your park.”
HPPA funding has and will be used for numerous projects large and small in the parks, including additional Junior Ranger programs, personnel for the Youth Intern program, and increased funding for endangered species management at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park; the Hawai‘i national parks centennial juried exhibition at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and cultural and community programs in partnership with Haleakalā National Park; community outreach events for the National Park of American Samoa; and additional cultural and community activities at three cultural sites in west Hawai‘i–Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, and Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historical Site.