Why do we publish?
We publish to provide the best place to find authentic, meaningful park-specific materials by leading authors, photographers, cultural experts and scientists.
Historically, cooperating associations were organized to be the source for definitive, authoritative materials for park visitors. Originally, that meant books, guides and maps. HPPA, formerly HNHA (Hawai’i Natural History Association) began with a self-guiding map in 1949. Some of our publications have long histories: the 1951 publication Volcanoes of the National Parks in Hawaiʻi is updated and in print today. Other in-house publications include Volcano Watching, Tracing The Past at Hōnaunau, Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau: Place of Refuge (A Family Discovery Book), Hiking In Haleakalā, and Hawaiʻi’s Plants and Animals: Biological Sketches of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Through our history, publishing at HPPA expanded to encompass the many types of materials required or requested by park visitors, including maps, brochures, interpretive tags, newsletters, art prints and posters, note cards, postcards, coloring books, handouts, photo CDs and DVDs.
The future of publishing is changing. Our vision is to be innovative and gravitate into the new media that the global community increasingly relies on. E-books and apps are on the horizon for HPPA.
Furthermore, some projects are approached collaboratively with NPS staff and park partners. In 2012 and 2013, HPPA contributed in-house developmental support for two new trail guides for the Kahuku section of Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP and reprinted two currently published trail guides, supported creation of the View Lava Safely USGS handout, and also contributed direct financial support to NPS interpretive publications.
2014 saw the debut of the re-typeset and visually updated historical document “Spirit of Ka-loko Honokōhau” and an entire content and visual revision of the iconic “Explore the Geology of Kīlauea Volcano”. Through HPPA’s in-house publications, park and online store items, and collaborative projects, we connect the visitor to the natural and cultural resources of these Pacific Island parks.
Free Downloadable Publications
Bird lovers, get ready for your trip to Hawaiʻi by downloading this handy bird checklist which covers all five of our national parks on the islands of Hawaiʻi (The Big Island) and Maui.
This booklet is a great companion to Audubon’s Hawaii’s Birds, which provides photos and information of our native and non-native birds. Click on the link to purchase at our online store.