Their "kee-wit" calls are quiet and their songs are a short, warbling trill.
When searching for food, it makes a tapping noise that can be mistaken for a woodpecker.
The Hawaiian name 'amakihi is derived from the word kihi or kihikihi, meaning curved.
They feed heavily upon nectar from the ‘ōhi‘a tree and is one of its most important pollinators.
Closed - Public Access Area - Maulua TractJune 27, 2016
With regret, we have decided to close our public access area, the Upper Maulua Unit, to self-guided activities. As new information about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa 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 activity. ROD has not been confirmed on the Refuge at this point, but recent observations in the area and discussions with our research partners at U.S. Department of Agriculture and University of Hawai'i have heightened the level of concern for Hakalau Forest. Additional sampling efforts have been undertaken as a precaution. More information about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death can be found at:http://www.ohiawilt.org
About the 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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.Teaching Change
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.
The rare and endangered ‘akiapōlā‘au occurs in only a few areas of upper elevation koa/‘ōhi‘a forest on the Big Island. The ‘akiapōlā‘au feeds on insects and caterpillars living in the wood and under the bark of koa trees. Its bill is one of the most unusual in the honeycreeper family.
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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016