About the Complex


Hakalau Forest is managed as part of the Big Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Big Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of the Hakalau Forest Unit on the windward slope of Mauna Kea and the Kona Forest Unit on the western slope of Mauna Loa. Both units protect and support a diversity of native birds and plants.

A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. 

The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at:

60 Nowelo Street, Suite 100
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
(808)443-2304 fax