National Wildlife Refuge
|66-590 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712 - 1484
Phone Number: 808-637-6330
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Oahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge
O'ahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge is located on the upper slopes of the misty northern Ko'olau Mountains, and protects some of the last remaining intact native forests on O'ahu. Many of the native plants and animals that once thrived in these forests are either extinct or on the brink of extinction.
Management intervention is needed to stabilize native ecosystems and prevent more species from becoming extinct. O‘ahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge is home to at least four species of endangered pupu kani oe (O‘ahu tree snails); 15 endangered plant species; and many native birds; including the O‘ahu ‘elepaio, ‘i‘iwi, pueo, and native honeycreepers.
At least nine native natural communities have been identified in the area, including lowland mesic forest types, rainforest communities, high-elevation cloud forest, and freshwater streams.
Getting There . . .
This new refuge is currently closed to the public. The refuge office is located on Oahu's north shore in Haleiwa at 66-590 Kamehameha Highway. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
At least four species of endangered Oahu tree snails; 15 endangered plant species; and many native birds including the Oahu 'elepaio, the 'i'iwi, the pueo or Hawaiian owl, and honeycreepers ('amakihi and 'apapane), occur in this beautiful area. Learn More>>
The refuge is closed to the public.
The refuge works with the U.S. Army and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to protect a larger area of the Koolau Mountains through the Koolau Forest Watershed Partnership. Nonnative plants and animals are one of the primary threats to native species as they compete for space, light, water, and nutrients. Nonnative birds eat food and occupy nesting areas needed for native bird species. Mosquitoes and other nonnative insects serve as vectors for lethal bird diseases such as avian malaria.
The two-spotted leafhopper can eat its way through native vegetation. Rats eat the fruit and bark of native plants; prey on birds, their eggs, and nestlings; and are major predators of endangered tree snails. Introduced feral pigs feed on native plants and seeds and create an environment where invasive species flourish. An endless amount of work is needed to protect and restore this native ecosystem. Currently funding is not available for personnel or for operations and maintenance.
Volunteers will be used to aid management efforts including biological surveys and studies, pest plant and animal control, and feral pig control. Although there are many things to do, after an initial survey period the Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to provide opportunities for limited public use on Oahu Forest Refuge. Visitor programs will include guided hikes to discover plant and animal life, photography, environmental education, and nature interpretation. Blending public use with the needs of the species which live here will be a delicate task, as restrictions are sometimes required to save these unique species.