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    ‘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

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

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    ‘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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What's Happening at the Refuge

  • Lend a Helping Hand

    Reforestation efforts began in 1987 and have continued into the Present. Most of the reforestation can be attributed to assistance by local, national, and international volunteer groups. They have contributed thousands of hours to reforestation and to help in the recovery of Hawai`i's native forest habitats.

  • Maulua Public Access Area Currently Closed

    January 13, 2015

    Due to fire danger, the Maulua Public Access area is currently closed until further notice.

  • Mark Your Calendars for our Spring Open House on April 18, 2015

    Pueo_VashoApril 18, 2015

    You are invited to attend an Open House at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (Hilo, HI) on April 18, 2015. 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. You will also have the option to tour a 130-year-old koa cabin and the refuge greenhouse. 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 443-2300 by Wednesday, April 15th. A map, directions and additional information will be mailed to all participants.

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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015
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