Buffalo Soldiers were among the first caretakers of our national parks. Park founders like Thomas Jaggar, geologist for Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), knew they couldn’t build a national park alone. African American soldiers, nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers, were instrumental in building and protecting many national parks, including Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Join Park Ranger Ben Hayes and learn the remarkable story of how one regiment of Buffalo Soldiers stationed in Hawai‘i carved a trail out of rough ʻaʻā lava rock to the top of Mauna Loa, assisted Dr. Jaggar in his field work, and left a legacy of hard work that served as a foundation for our national park.
When: Friday, February 28 at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Kahuku Visitor Contact Station