Plan Your Visit

Elepaio on branch with leaves

Relatively few nonnative plant species occur on the refuge. Please help to prevent the introduction of weed species such as firetree, Himalayan raspberry, and gorse by cleaning mud and seeds from boots, gear, and vehicles before entering the Upper Maulua Unit.


Visit the Refuge on Your Own:

Hakalau Forest (NWR) is currently closed to self-guided activities because of concerns about a disease called Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, which has killed thousands of acres of mature ʻōhiʻa trees in forests and residental areas in Puna and Hilo Districts of Hawaiʻi Island.  The disease can be transported on contaminated soil found on vehicles, tools, shoes and clothing. Protocols are being developed to ensure that visitors to the Refuge will not spread the disease.  For more information and updates on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research please visit: www.ohiawilt.org

Visit the Refuge with a Commercial Guide:

Hakalau Forest NWR currently has several commercial natural history and bird tour guide operators under Special Use Permit (SUP).  Commercial tours have access to the Pua Akala Unit, an area of the Refuge that isn't open to the general public except during our annual Open House in October.  In this area of the Refuge visitors have a good chance of seeing some of Hakalau's most endangered birds.  If you are interested in this type of experience please contact the companies below to see what type of tour options exist.  Make your reservations accordingly.

 
Hawai`i Birds LLC
808-964-3535  
email: jjphoto@hawaii.rr.com
website: http://jackjeffreyphoto.com/index.html
 
Hawai`i Forest and Trail
800-464-1993, 808-331-8505
email: info@hawaii-forest.com
website: http://www.hawaii-forest.com/index.php    
 
Hawai`i Nature Explorers
808-895-2350
email: hawaii4u2c@gmail.com 
website: http://www.hawaii4u2c.com/
 
Kona Adventure Tours
808-987-4284
email:  info@KonaAdventureTours.com
website: http://www.konaadventuretours.com/
 
Manu Birding and Nature Tours
808-495-6545
email: manubirding@gmail.com
website: http://www.hawaiibirdingguide.com
 
Terran Tours 
808-335-0398
email: info@soundshawaiian.com 
website: http://www.soundshawaiian.com/index.html
 
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours 
(multi-day, multi-destination trips)
800-328-VENT
email: info@ventbird.com
website: http://ventbird.com/birding-tours/hawaii
 

Visit the Refuge during an Open House

With regret, Hakalau Forest will not be hosting an Open House Event in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. As new information about Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) is coming out all the time and 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 and educational event for the public.