News Release

October 3, 2012

Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex Celebrates Refuge Week

Media Contacts:
Sheri Saari, (808) 635-6367

Visit Your National Wildlife Refuges: October 14-20, 2012

Treat yourself with a visit to the Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. Enjoy the soul-stirring sights and sounds of nature.

The Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which is comprised of HulÄ“ia, Hanalei, and KÄ«lauea Point National Wildlife Refuges, are a proud part of the National Wildlife Refuge System a nationwide network of public lands set aside to protect wildlife. The nation's 556 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts offer Americans wonderful opportunities to fish, hunt, hike or observe fascinating creatures in the wild. "Kaua'i's National Wildlife Refuges demonstrate dynamic components of natural and cultural resources that are being protected, restored, and perpetuated" states Project Leader, Shannon Smith.

By preserving and protecting America's rich wildlife legacy, refuges benefit us in many ways. The plants and animals they sustain help clean our air, filter our water, pollinate our crops and remind us that we are part of the natural world. Without Refuges, local communities would also lose jobs and businesses that depend on Refuge tourism.

Visitors to Refuges like what they find there, according to a study this year by the U.S. Geological Survey. Nine thousand out of 10,000 respondents reported satisfaction with refuge recreation, information and education, public service and conservation. "Nowhere else do I feel such a deep sense of connection with the land, the plants, and the wildlife," offered one respondent. "Visiting a Refuge is truly a spiritual experience."

Americans have a proud tradition of working to protect and preserve the nation’s natural and cultural resources. You can be part of all that, right here at KÄ«lauea Point, HulÄ“ia, and Hanalei National Wildlife Refuges. Consider volunteering or joining the K+lauea Point Natural History Association.

Here’s what the Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex has planned to help you celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week:

Sunday, October 14
KĪLAUEA POINT FREE DAY  -  Enjoy the sights and sounds of KÄ«lauea Point, at no charge. The $5 entrance fee will be waived. Visitors can stroll through the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System while enjoying the sounds of surf and seabirds. Take in coastal views while looking for spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and Hawaiian monk seals. Explore additional work being done for wildlife by other conservation groups and take pictures with “Puddles” the Blue Goose, mascot of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15
CRATER HILL HIKE  -  Join a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger for a moderately strenuous hike to a remote portion of the refuge where wildlife and breathtaking coastal views abound. This free hike will start at 9:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 3 hours. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 808-635-6367.

Tuesday, October 16
HULÄ’IA NWR KAYAK ADVENTURE  -  Join local guides with Outfitters Kaua‘i and USFWS Deputy Project Leader, Mike Mitchell for a scenic paddle up the charming Hul‘ia River. A rare visit to the Hulēia National Wildlife Refuge will follow, and visitors can learn about wetland management in the “bread basket” of old Kaua‘i. Thanks to Outfitters Kaua‘i for sponsoring this special event. The cost is $10 and space is limited. Please call 808-635-6367 to make your reservations as space is limited.

Wednesday, October 17 AND Saturday, October 20
CRATER HILL / MŌKŌLEA POINT HIKES  -  Join local historian and Refuge Volunteer Gary Smith from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a vigorous six mile hike to a spectacular vantage point on the Refuge, accessible only to guided visitors. This free hike will reveal a rich history of the Refuge and bright past of K+lauea Town. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 808-635-6367.

Thursday, October 18
HANALEI NWR BIRD TOUR  - Join Refuge Biologist Kim Uyehara from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for an exciting tour of Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Observe Hawai‘i’s endangered water birds in their native habitat and learn about steps being taken to aid in their recovery. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 808-635-6367.

Friday, October 19
“HAWAI‘I’S SEABIRDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE” HIKE  - Did you know that an estimated 15 million seabirds are either flying over Hawaiian waters or breeding on Hawaiian Islands at any one time? Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seabird Biologist Beth Flint for an informative hike up Crater Hill to learn more about these truly amazing avian wonders. This free hike starts at 9:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 3 hours. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 808-635-6367.

FREE MOVIE NIGHT AT THE KĪLAUEA THEATER - Join us for a fun-filled evening at the Kīlauea Theater! Check out native footage and Kaua‘i scenery in the short conservation film, “Endangered Hawai‘i” to be followed by this year’s feature film. An introduction to the films will begin at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, however, seating is limited. Thank you to Kīlauea Point Natural History Association and Calvary Chapel, North Shore for supporting this event.

Saturday, October 20
WILDLIFE DRAWING CLASSES WITH PATRICK CHING  -  World renowned wildlife artist, Patrick Ching, will teach his “tricks of the trade” as he shares his passion for drawing Hawaiian wildlife. Visitors are invited to the K+lauea Point Natural History Association bookstore to have Patrick sign one of his books or artwork.

To learn more about the Refuge, visit: www.fws.gov/kilaueapoint; to learn more about KPNHA, visit www.kilaueapoint.org.