Akāka Wale o Haleakalā: Haleakalā Stands in Full View

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In the late 1970s, Haleakalā National Park began building a series of fences around the perimeter of the park to exclude feral ungulates (goats, pigs, deer and cattle), and preserve native habitat, and care for native wildlife. The park decision to build and maintain what is now 54 miles of fence lines is meant to perpetuate Hawaiian places, place names, and moʻolelo by preserving the native plants, animals, and habitats protected by the fences. Featured here are interviews with 13 present and past park staff and community members with close ties to Haleakalā National Park. The purpose of the project was to explore the history of early park natural resource management through the voices of people who have worked in and experienced the park over many years. The oral histories focus on this fence-building effort to understand the challenges and outcomes of the effort.

This project was funded by the National Park Service through a collaboration between the NPS and the University of Hawaiʻi. The project was conducted through the Hawaiʻi-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Agreement Number P20AC00973. The oral history interviews were conducted by a team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Center for Oral History composed of Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, Micah Mizukami and Alana Kanahele in cooperation with the National Park Service.

A StoryMap was also created by the Haleakalā National Park Cultural Resources Management team, with help from American Conservation Experience Cultural Communicators Intern Jacob Hakim and UH Mānoa Center for Oral History graduate research assistant, Alana Kanahele.

The title, Akāka Wale o Haleakalā is ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #96 from Pukui, Mary Kawena, 1983. ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Special Publication No. 71, Honolulu.


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