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Items of Interest

Final Wetlands Management and Waterbird Conservation Plan Available


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the Wetlands Management and Waterbird Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. We thank all who participated in the review process and provided feedback on this management plan, which will guide the wetland and waterbird management on the Refuge into the next decade.

Hanalei NWR Final WMWCP and EA

Hanalei Valley Viewpoint - EA and FONSI

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published the Hanalei Valley Viewpoint at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact. The viewpoint project will provide the community with increased opportunities for interpretation and access to the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

Hanalei Valley Viewpoint Project - Final EA

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