The Pearl Harbor NWR units will not be opened to general public entry, except for year-round access at the Betty Bliss Memorial Overlook for interpretation, wildlife viewing, and photography.
Location and Contact Information
Established in 1972 as mitigation for construction of the Honolulu International Airport Reef Runway, Pearl Harbor NWR is managed under a cooperative agreement with Federal Aviation Administration, the State of Hawaiʻi, and the U.S. Navy to protect endangered plants and animals and their habitats.
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.
Endangered Hawaiian waterbirds, endangered plants, and anchialine pool shrimp occur at the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.
All three units of the Pearl Harbor NWR 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.