Their "kee-wit" calls are quiet and their songs are a short, warbling trill.
When searching for food, it makes a tapping noise that can be mistaken for a woodpecker.
The Hawaiian name 'amakihi is derived from the word kihi or kihikihi, meaning curved.
They feed heavily upon nectar from the ‘ōhi‘a tree and is one of its most important pollinators.
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
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
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
With regret, we have decided to cancel our planned Fall Open House at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (HFNWR), originally scheduled for October 10, 2015.
There are several reasons for this decision. We are currently evaluating proper sanitation protocols and access requirements to refuge lands in light of emerging information about Ohia wilt fungus, or rapid Ohia Death (ROD). As more is learned about the extent and spread of this serious disease, which threatens native forests and therefore, forest wildlife, including rare birds found at Hakalau, we want to take the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of unwittingly spreading the fungus while conducting an otherwise very beneficial and educational event.
The possibility of another Federal government shutdown in October cannot be overlooked in planning for our event. Many of our visitors and partners travel from off island for this and make plans far in advance. Having to cancel on short notice has created many complications in recent memory so we are making a decision now to provide as much lead time as we can at a time when we normally ramp up the outreach to the local public about our event.
We do expect to host a Spring 2016 event. Please check back in April for information on that event.
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.
The rare and endangered ‘akiapōlā‘au occurs in only a few areas of upper elevation koa/‘ōhi‘a forest on the Big Island. The ‘akiapōlā‘au feeds on insects and caterpillars living in the wood and under the bark of koa trees. Its bill is one of the most unusual in the honeycreeper family.
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Last Updated: Sep 03, 2015