Volunteers honored for work at Haleakala

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui's Haleakala National Park is recognizing the volunteer service of environmentalists, civic groups and high school students.

Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum will honor them at an awards dinner Thursday at Maui Tropical Plantation.

Hundreds of volunteers have contributed more than 84,000 hours of service to Haleakala since 2006.

Last year, their work helped repair cabins, restore endangered species habitat and educate visitors.

About half of last year's 16,700 volunteer hours were dedicated to removing invasive pines and shrubs.

Other projects included improving the park's planning and infrastructure, reducing the park's carbon footprint, educating visitors about the wilderness and protecting endangered nene.

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