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BioBlitz Biodiversity and Cultural Festival 2015

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Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization will be participating in this year's exciting BioBlitz Biodiversity and Cultural Festival with a Firewise Plant Game Show for the keiki!

"Grab your daypack and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service at the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz and Biodiversity and Cultural Festival, Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015. During the free, two-day event, teams of scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students, and the public will join forces to discover and inventory as many living plants and creatures as possible in the 333,086-acre national park. Expert-led inventory teams will be dispatched throughout the park to explore the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rain forests, from the coastline to the summit of Kīlauea volcano. Entrance fees are waived both days.

Themed I ka nānā no a ’ike (“by observing, one learns”), the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz will be part scientific endeavor, part cultural festival, and part outdoor classroom. It will provide unique opportunities to work alongside leading experts to discover, count, and document the living creatures in the park; to contribute to the park’s official species list; to explore the interconnectedness of plants, animals, the environment, traditional people, and our daily lives; and to help protect the extraordinary biodiversity and rich culture found in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

BioBlitz “base camp” and the festival grounds will be located next to the Kīlauea Visitor Center, located in the park in Volcano, Hawaii."

"The park is expanding its 35th annual Cultural Festival to include biodiversity in 2015. At this free two-day festival, visitors of all ages will discover how native Hawaiians, as keen observers, lived closely to the land by embodying I ka nānā no a ’ike principles that continue today. The Biodiversity and Cultural Festival will offer hands-on science and cultural exhibits, food, art, and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science, and traditional Hawaiian culture. Explorers of all ages can enjoy the festival and “graduate” from Biodiversity University by participating in a variety of activities. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. No advance registration is required for the festival."

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