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Haleakala National Park

Hello all, I have the honor to serve as the 2019 artist-in-residence at Haleakala National Park in Maui. Haleakala is an incredible park, ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet in altitude at the summit of the dormant volcano. I’ll be here for the month of March, for an entire lunar cycle. I arrived just before noon on March 1 and Interpretive Ranger “Honeygirl” Duman placed a beautiful green and black lei around my neck, welcoming me to the park. She made this lei and explained the diamond pattern represents each generation passing down their knowledge to the next one. She chose the colors- green for the national park and black for the night sky photos I’ll be taking! What a great gift and so carefully thought out. Honeygirl mentioned “mana’o”, the sharing of ideas or thoughts that the diamond pattern also represents. I’m settled into a small cabin in the staff housing area near the main visitor center at 7,000 feet. Wanting to acclimatize to the altitude I didn’t want to go far the first night. I walked down the road to the campground near us to shoot the stars. The sky is quite stunning, I’m not sure I’ve gotten so many stars in a photo. Should be a fun month!

And thanks to Tanya Ortega from the National Parks Arts Foundation for persevering for over a year to make this happen. Through a false start last year and government shutdown this year everything finally came together.

The lei given to me by ranger Honeygirl Duman.
The cabin the park assigned me. Very comfortable.
First night out. Hmm, more stars than in NY!
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