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Haleakalā National Park Unveils New Park Film

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Haleakalā National Park has officially released a new park film “Haleakalā: A Rare and Sacred Landscape”. The 12-minute film features highlights of the park from the summit of Haleakalā to the rainforest and ocean at Kīpahulu, and a rare glimpse of Kīpahulu Valley Biological Reserve.

Through this film, viewers are able to discover more about Haleakalā’s Hawaiian heritage, unique geology, and endemic species including rare native birds and plants. The film also provides tips for hiking and visiting the park, giving visitors an orientation of what they can see and experience at Haleakalā.

“Creating this film required patience in dealing with quickly changing weather conditions and diligence to capture the essence of Haleakalā,” said Park Superintendent Natalie Gates. “We are proud of the collaborative teamwork that went into crafting the messages of this film by the filmmaker, native Hawaiian elders, local community, park staff and volunteers.”

The park film “Haleakalā: A Rare and Sacred Landscape” was made possible by a grant from The Fund for People in Parks, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting parks and protected lands.


The film was produced and edited by Steven M. Bumgardner. The soundtrack includes music by George Kahumoko, Jr. and narration by Kaohu James. The film content was produced in cooperation with National Park Service, native Hawaiian elders, and members of the local community.

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