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Elepaio on branch with leavesRelatively few nonnative plant species occur on the refuge. Please help to prevent the introduction of weed species such as firetree, Himalayan raspberry, and gorse by cleaning mud and seeds from boots, gear, and vehicles before entering the Upper Maulua Unit.

People interested in visiting Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) have a few options for accessing the Refuge.  One option is to visit the Refuge on your own.  Another option is to visit the Refuge with a commercial guide.  The last option is to visit the Refuge during the annual Open House which typically occurs in the middle of April and October each year. 

Visit the Refuge on Your Own:

MAULUA IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER

Visit the Refuge with a Commercial Guide:

Hakalau Forest NWR currently has several commercial natural history and bird tour guide operators under Special Use Permit (SUP).  Commercial tours have access to the Pua Akala Unit, an area of the Refuge that isn't open to the general public except during our annual Open House in October.  In this area of the Refuge visitors have a good chance of seeing some of Hakalau's most endangered birds.  If you are interested in this type of experience please contact the companies below to see what type of tour options exist.  Make your reservations accordingly.

                                  Hawai`i Birds LLC
808-964-3535  
email: jjphoto@hawaii.rr.com
website: http://jackjeffreyphoto.com/index.html
  Hawai`i Forest and Trail
800-464-1993, 808-331-8505
email: info@hawaii-forest.com
website: http://www.hawaii-forest.com/index.php
    
  Hawai`i Nature Explorers
808-895-2350
email: hawaii4u2c@gmail.com 
website: http://www.hawaii4u2c.com/
 
  Terran Tours 
808-335-0398
email: info@soundshawaiian.com 
website: http://www.soundshawaiian.com/index.html
  
  Victor Emanuel Nature Tours 
(multi-day, multi-destination trips)
800-328-VENT
email: info@ventbird.com
website: http://ventbird.com/birding-tours/hawaii

Visit the Refuge during an Open House

Hakalau Forest NWR hosts an Open House around Earth Day in the Spring and during National Wildlife Refuge Week annually. Guided rainforest hikes will be offered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants; and to learn about Refuge Management Practices. There is also the option of touring the 130-year-old koa cabin and the Refuge greenhouse. Other information about conservation in Hawai`i will be available.  Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the Refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea, or Kona.  Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling the Refuge Office in Hilo at 808-443-2300.  A map, directions, and additional information will be emailed/mailed to participants. To obtain information about dates, please check our calendar, events page, and/or home page.  Dates will be posted as soon as they are determined.

 

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Last Updated: Mar 02, 2015
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