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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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Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death Detected by USFWS Hakalau

USFWS Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death

FWS Biologist - ROD Sampling 180x240April 14, 2017

Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, a fungal disease caused by Ceratocystic spp., has recently been detected on Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on Hawai‘i Island. With regret, access to the refuge will remain closed to the public which includes self-guided activities in the Upper Maulua Unit. As new information about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) is coming out all the time, more is learned about the extent of its occurrence and the probable means of spreading of this serious disease; we want to take every precaution to minimize the risk of unwittingly spreading the fungus while conducting an otherwise very beneficial activity. The state of Hawai‘i, scientific organizations, and other federal agencies have been engaged in combatting ROD for the last several years.

Hakalau ROD Media Release & Photos

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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What's Happening at the Refuge

  • Teaching Change - Hawai'is Youth

    Teaching Change

    The Teaching Change Program is an outdoor youth education program on Hawai’i Island that connects middle and high school students to one of the most intact tropical montane wet forests in the State, Hakalau NWR. Monthly 2-day trips involves curriculum that combines classroom lectures and outdoor activities studying the dynamics of native plant and animal phenology, species interactions, and lessons that convey how climate change may impact Hawaiʻi’s biota. By educating our local youth about wildlife biology and natural resource management while integrating cultural components, Teaching Change looks to inspire and empower the next generation of conservationists and natural resource scientists in Hawaiʻi, from Hawaiʻi. Teaching Change is a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaiʻi CTAHR-NREM, the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Friends of Hakalau Forest. Contact Catherine Spina, Teaching Change Program Coordinator,

    Teaching Change
  • 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.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2017
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