"The temporary closure prevents human activity from disrupting the nēnē family and is an important
|Nēnē are rare and the Park closes off areas where they nest.|
action we take to help them survive and raise their young," said Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Wildlife Biologist, Dr. Kristina Paxton. "Nēnē face many challenges, including predation by feral cats and mongoose and deadly contact with vehicles."
Nēnē typically mate for life. Female nēnē lay between two and five eggs and will incubate them while the male guards the family. Incubation takes about 30 days, but re-nesting could occur if eggs are destroyed or abandoned.
Nēnē nesting season is October through May, and many geese are seen on or near roadways throughout the park, making them especially vulnerable to deadly vehicle strikes this time of year. Visitors can help protect nēnē by slowing down, watching for nēnē near roads, and never, ever feeding nēnē. Keep wildlife wild and give nēnē space by staying at least 60 feet from them.
Last year, a different nēnē pair nested near the western end of Uēkahuna which prompted a five-week closure of the entire parking lot, restrooms and overlook to protect the family.
To learn more about nēnē, visit the https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/nature/nene.htmwebsite for history, a video, and a podcast about these rare and magnificent native geese.
The Hoveida funding will be directed towards several critical areas, including
Healthcare Workforce Pipeline: The grant will be used to strengthen recruitment and retention efforts, support outreach/awareness program activities that support students from under-resourced areas to enter a health career, thereby earning a living wage. Scholarships will be awarded to those seeking to advance in their careers as well as physician subsidies to bring in new providers to increase access to healthcare services for community members in East Hawai'i.
Mental Health Services Expansion: The grant will assist with the expansion of mental health services in East Hawai'i through the creation of a steering committee to bring together mental health providers, healthcare organizations, and the County of Hawai'i to strategize on mental health care delivery, identify gaps in care, and leverage resources to increase access to critical mental health services across the region. The mental health services expansion monies will also include subsidies to mental health providers to increase access to mental health services in the East Hawai'i Region.
Rebecca and Bahman Hoveida, Co-Chairs of Hoveida Family Foundation, said, "Hawai'i is a special place for all of us, and as residents we want to make a positive contribution to the Island's health care system. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to the Hilo Medical Center Foundation and hope other organizations and individuals follow suit in supporting the medical system on Hawai'i Island. As a part of the community, we have witnessed the lack of available medical and mental healthcare
services on our island. Families should not have to suffer the expense and time it takes to travel off island to receive the medical care they so greatly need and deserve. Individuals dealing with a mental health crisis should be given the opportunity to seek out psychological help instead of being forced through the criminal system.