BioBlitz 2015: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

BioBlitz 2015
Friday-Saturday, May 15-16, 2015

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, located on the island of Hawaii, extends from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. The park shares the geology, biology, and culture of the Hawaiian islands with nearly 1.5 million visitors a year. Its 333,086 acres encompass two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Kīlauea is currently erupting from two locations: at its summit from Halema‘uma‘u crater (since 2008), and in the remote east rift zone from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent (since 1983). Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984 and is considered to be Earth’s most massive active volcano.

The park’s diverse ecological zones provide refuge for many distinct plant and animal communities, including endangered endemic species like the nēnē (Hawaiian goose), and the Mauna Loa silversword, which flowers only once in its life. The fascinating geology and unique biology are vital components of the cultural heritage of indigenous Hawaiian people—a heritage which is showcased through ongoing cultural events and demonstrations and shared with visitors. In recognition of its outstanding values, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site (1987) and an International Biosphere Reserve (1980).

Scientist registration is now open. Public registration will open in winter 2015.

Volcano Golf Course 18 holes, par 72, a total of 6,547 yards of playing area. Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a scenic 30-mile drive from Hilo, the course also offers full restaurant and bar facilities.
As one of the world's most unusual courses, set on the rim of the active Kilauea volcanic crater, it lies in the cool highlands 4,000 feet about the sea, with sweeping vistas of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea Mountains which are both snow-capped in winter, the course offers crisp, clean air for a truly enjoyable game of golf.
Golfers looking for peaceful golf course offering ample time for concentration and a relaxing round of golf should try Volcano Golf and Country Club. Although fairly flat, the course comes with some rolling hills which will cause uneven lies. There is a pond and three ditches which come into play on four holes. Almost all of the tees and some of the greens are elevated. The most difficult hole on the course is #15, a 425-yard, par 4, requiring a tee shot up a dogleg fairway with tall pine trees guarding the turn.

Diana Saycar


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