Aloha and welcome to James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge! Part of the National Wildlife Refuge systems, James Campbell is a sanctuary for many species that are native and endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.

Visit Us

James Campbell NWR is typically a closed refuge however, we do offer bird tours during the nonbreeding season of the endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Click here for more information.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      James Campbell NWR is located in Kahuku, Ko‘olauloa on the island of O‘ahu. The Refuge was established in 1976 for the purpose of providing habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. 

      What We Do

      The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge. 

      Our Species

      James Campbell NWR provides habitat for four endangered Hawaiian waterbirds: ae‘o, ‘alae ke‘oke‘o, ‘alae ‘ula, and koloa maoli, as well as a variety of seabirds, migratory shorebirds, and migratory waterfowl. You may also observe the native ‘auku‘u, state-protected pueo, and endangered ʻōpeʻapeʻa. At the beach, you may be able to observe the threatened honu, endangered honu ʻea, and endangered ʻīlioholoikauaua. 

      Somewhat similar in appearance to a Canada Goose except only the face, cap, and hindneck are black; and Hawaiian geese have buff-colored cheeks. The front and sides of the neck appear to have black and white stripes. This is caused by diagonal rows of white feathers with black skin showing...

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      Get Involved

      James Campbell NWR is recruiting bird tour guides for the 2022 – 2023 season. To find out more information, please email our Friend’s Group: