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  • Akepa rotator item

    ‘Ākepa

    Their "kee-wit" calls are quiet and their songs are a short, warbling trill.

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  • Akiapolaau rotator item

    ‘Akiapōlā‘au

    When searching for food, it makes a tapping noise that can be mistaken for a woodpecker.

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  • Amakihi rotator item

    ‘Amakihi

    The Hawaiian name 'amakihi is derived from the word kihi or kihikihi, meaning curved.

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  • Apapane rotator item

    ‘Apapane

    They feed heavily upon nectar from the ‘ōhi‘a tree and is one of its most important pollinators.

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Koa loopers

Koa looper moth

Koa looper moth defoliation is now clearly visible from the saddle road, apparently moving further south, although there is no indication that the effects are moving upslope to higher elevation koa stands at present. Thus far only the very lowest elevations at HFNWR’s Maulua Unit have been impacted by the defoliation event.

About the Complex

Big Island Complex

Hakalau Forest Unit and Kona Forest Unit make up the Big Island NWRC.

Hakalau Forest is managed as part of the Big Island Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Volunteer at the Refuge

  • Lending a Helping Hand at the Refuge

    On separate occasions, the Boy Scouts of America and Native American students from the University of Idaho transplanted koa seedlings from seed germination benches into dibble tubes and out-planted personal trees.

  • Open House

    April 19, 2014

    Mark Your Calendars! Our first spring public open house celebrating Earth Day and National Wildlife Refuges will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    Earth Day Open House
Page Photo Credits — © Dan Clark, © Jack Jeffrey Photography
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
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