Moses Espaniola

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Moses Espaniola III was born and raised on the isolated Hawai’i. In his district of Ka’u there are no big towns or strip malls so sticks and stones have broken his bones as well as fed his imagination. In 2010, he worked at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a Youth Ranger which was his first experience working for a national Park. In 2011, he spent a year as a green and grey park guide leading excited groups into the volcano. In 2012, he shifted his gears and worked for The Nature Conservancy where he protected precious ecosystems in Ka’u by removing and repairing miles of broken and rusty fence lines as well as remove troublesome invasive species. In 2013, he taught ukulele and basic agricultural skills to local kids for the Center of Hawaiian Music Studies. In 2014, he realigned with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and became a program creator and park guide for the Kahuku Unit. In 2015 and 2016, he was a program coordinator and music instructor for middle school students in his Hometown. In 2017, he worked for Pacific Quest that provided therapy to youth and young adults with addictions. In 2018 and 2019 he ran a property maintenance business that provided plumbing, carpentry, painting and roofing services. Now, he is proud to be Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks Community Volunteer Ambassador.