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  • Akepa rotator item


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

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  • Akiapolaau rotator item


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

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  • Amakihi rotator item


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

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  • Apapane rotator item


    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


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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CANCELLED- Hakalau Forest NWR Open House Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014

With regrets, we are canceling the upcoming Saturday October 18 Refuge Open House event at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge due to the forecast for Tropical Storm Ana. Conditions are expected to be simply too severe and unstable with such a large storm system to risk having many travelers on the remote area roads on that day. We are putting everyone's safety first and want all involved to better focus on storm preparation. Please share this message with anyone you know who was planning to attend on Saturday. We have not determined an alternative make up date for this event at this time. We do plan however, to hold a Spring Open House in April, 2015.

Page Photo Credits — © Dan Clark, © Jack Jeffrey Photography
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014
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