Items of Interest

Seeking Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment for the Hanalei Viewpoint Project

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in cooperation with the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation and the County of Kaua‘i, is proposing a project designed with safe access to the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge to allow for enhanced opportunities to interpret the Refuge’s mission and purposes of conserving cultural resources and endangered species, as well as providing wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities and environmental education for local families and visitors. The site will provide ample parking, interpretive information, and wildlife observation for the Hanalei NWR that is otherwise closed to public access.

More information on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Drones Prohibited


Launching, landing, or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the Refuge is prohibited. This includes the Kalo Lo'i/Taro fields as this is important habitat for five endangered birds.

Endangered Waterbirds of Hanalei

Avian Botulism

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Avian botulism type C is a paralytic disease that affects endangered waterbirds on the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Clostridium botulinum is a naturally-occurring, benign soil bacterium that can produce a deadly toxin under warm, wet, and stagnant conditions. Following ingestion of this toxin, birds become paralyzed and eventually die due to respiratory failure or drowning from the inability to hold their head above water. Botulism is not an infectious disease, rather it is food poisoning that the birds get from ingesting invertebrates and other food that bioaccumulates the toxin. Learn more about Avian Botulism at Hanalei NWR.

Avian Botulism April 2016 Fact Sheet (139 KB PDF)
About Hanalei NWR

Visiting the Refuge

Visitors may overlook Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge from an observation point located along Kuhio Highway in Princeville. Interpretive signage at the overlook provides information on the Refuge's wildlife and management. Limited parking for the Okolehao Trailhead is available through the Refuge via Ohiki Rd. Please drive very slowly (<15 mph) allowing wildlife to cross the road; do not stop or park your vehicle along the road.

About the Complex

Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS