Ways to Get Involved
Pearl Harbor NWR is part of the O‘ahu NWR Complex. The management area consists of three units: the Waiawa Unit, Honouliuli Unit, and Kalaeloa Unit. All are closed to the general public in order to protect Hawai‘i’s endangered wildlife. Activities such as environmental education and volunteer projects, however, are permitted during the nonbreeding season of the ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt). At our Kalaeloa Unit of Pearl Harbor NWR, the opportunity exists to join community volunteers and partners to remove nonnative weeds and help stabilize and restore the native coastal vegetation community.
A nonprofit organization works with students at the Honouliuli Unit teaching wetland community ecology, which includes wetland food webs; plant, animal, and invertebrate habitats; and waterbird behavior. The Honouliuli Unit serves as the site of Hawai‘i Nature Center's third grade wetlands education program. During the fall semester, thousands of students learn about the recovery of Hawai‘i's waterbirds and the value of wetlands. The Honouliuli Unit plays host to over 4,000 third grade students annually during the nonbreeding season of the ae‘o.