Settling in at Haleakala

Aloha all,

I’m writing to you from Maui, Hawaii at Haleakala National Park. I’ve been here a little over 3 weeks now and am finally starting to settle in a bit. My work weeks are filled with learning, absorbing, and then relaying information to park visitors each day. My position is an environmental interpreter so it’s my job to make sure people know the whereabouts, knowledge, and culture of where they are! Hawaii is rich in many things including culture, language, resources, and spirit. This makes it easy to retain information and makes learning and educating a fun process for me and the visitors.

I’ll be working on a few projects here at Haleakala instead of one big one. My largest focus will be on the interpretation of endemic birds (Hawaiian honeycreeper variations) and the geology of Haleakala itself. The Haleakala is an erosional valley that has gained its color from minerals in the rocks and shape from a shield volcano that has slowly eroded and fallen down into the earth over time. I will be talking about the nature of Haleakala in much more detail through geology talks and pop-up programs that are a more informal version of the program talks. The talks should last about 15-30 minutes depending on how many people are there and how many questions everyone has. While I’m a bit nervous about this, I think it will be very good for me and allow me to use public speaking and interpretation skills that I haven’t used in a while. This job in general has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way, and I’m excited to see where it takes me next.

Mahalo for reading

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