Jack Steward and Colton Smith, hosts of The CW’s “Rock the Park,” travel across the country to take on the biggest adventures at America’s most popular national parks. Tune in on Saturdays, April 18 and 25 at 11:30 a.m. (in most markets) as their journey brings them to Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island to test their endurance like never before.
“Rock the Park” hosts Jack and Colton prepare to bike down the side of the world’s largest dormant volcano at Haleakala National Park.
(Photo Credit: Tremendous! Entertainment)
In the following Q&A, Jack and Colton reveal what it was like exploring and filming on Hawaii’s grandest peaks and valleys.
What is your most memorable experience from filming in Hawaii?
JS: “Both Haleakala and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park brought their own set of thrills, challenges and beauty. One experience that really stood out was our hike to the summit of Maunaloa. We knew that there were a lot of factors to this hike that would make it challenging but also a really exciting adventure.”
CS: “If I had to pick, I would say hiking to the summit of Maunaloa. I was enamored with what the (volcanic) eruption has left behind; this amazing landscape that spans for miles, this eerie feeling of desolation like you are completely alone. It’s a rare feeling to come across and when you do, you know you’re standing somewhere truly spectacular.”
What is one thing you learned about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park that you never knew before your visit?
JS: “I had no idea that the island of Maui relied so much on Haleakala. We learned that most of the water used on the island comes from Haleakala and that the restoration of the plants in the forest play a role in providing a much needed resource to the island. I love to see people working hard to protect our national parks.”
CS: “What I didn’t know and quickly came to love was the incredible bond that the people of Hawaii have with the national parks and nature around them. I’ve never seen a bond like that before and it was something I will never forget. It’s something to be praised and I think we all can learn from it.”
Jack and Colton work hard to spot some of the endemic bird species still in existence at Haleakala National Park, which has more endangered plant and animal species than any other national park in the country. (Photo Credit: Tremendous! Entertainment)
Is there anything that you didn’t get a chance to do that you would want to if you were given the chance to come back?
JS: “We were able to go paddle boarding when we were in Maui, but I would love to come back and surf someday.”
CS: “Going to Hawaii was such an amazing experience. Each island is so different, unique and spectacular in its own way and we only made it to two. I always tell people to never stop exploring and when it comes to Hawaii we still have a lot of ground to cover.”
About the episodes
In the “Haleakala: In the House of the Sun” episode airing April 18, Jack and Colton explore Maui’s Haleakala National Park and the nearby town of Hana from land, sea and sky. Watch them fly high on a zipline over the mountain slopes, bike down the summit, hike through a bamboo forest on the Pipiwai Trail, paddleboard in Hana Bay, and discover a native Hawaiian bird sanctuary at Waikamoi Preserve. Here’s a preview:
On April 25, Jack and Colton will visit Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and take on Maunaloa at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii, the Big Island. Find out how they weather the elements of nature that come with hiking the world’s most massive mountain on the episode “Hawaii Volcanoes: Trekking Mauna Loa.”
Episodes air at 11:30 a.m. in most markets, including Hawaii. To confirm the airtime and station in your city, click here.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) assisted in bringing the show to the Hawaiian Islands. For more information about “Rock the Park,” click here.
- by So Much More Hawaii Staff