BioBlitz 2015
I Ka nānā No a ’ike—By Observing, One Learns
Friday-Saturday, May 15-16, 2015

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.

Get Ready for Your Inventory!

Expert-led species-inventory teams will discover, count, map, and learn about the park’s diverse organisms, ranging from microscopic bacteria to endangered endemic species like the nēnē (Hawaiian goose) and the Mauna Loa silversword, which flowers only once in its life.

Advance registration to join a team is required, and inventory spots are limited. Register Now.

Enjoy the Biodiversity and Cultural Festival

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.

Parking and Transportation

Parking will be available at the Kīlauea Military Camp (KMC), a nice walk from the visitor center. Shuttle buses will also be available to take participants back and forth from KMC to BioBlitz base camp and festival grounds. Because inventory teams will be dispatched throughout the park, many teams will park, check in, and depart from field sites. Inventory locations are indicated in online registration. We encourage people to carpool, as space is limited and we hope to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.

Explore the Park Online

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has a rich website with wonderful information about the natural and cultural resources in the park. Learn more now.

Spread the Word

The 2015 Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz is the ninth event in a ten-year series hosted by National Geographic and the National Park Service. This is a unique opportunity to explore the park like never before, with top scientists and Hawaiian cultural practitioners as your guide. Please share this event with family, friends, and community organizations. Download an event flier.

Media Contacts

NPS: Jessica Ferracane
NG: Carol Seitz


Thank you for the generous support of:

• Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherfoord, Jr.
• Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation
• Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
• Edmund C. Olson Trust II