Nanea Valeros

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Public Affairs Officer, Pacific Islands

300 Ala Moana Blvd Rm 3-122
Honolulu, HI 96850
United States

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About Nanea Valeros

My first experience working for the Service was in 2015, when I was a DFP (Directorate Resource Assistant Fellowship Program) intern, and my project was with the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office (PIFWO) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. After graduating from the University of Hawaiʻi with my Master's in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, I worked as a biologist at PIFWO from 2016 to 2021. In 2021, I took a position with External Affairs in the Pacific Islands, serving both PIFWO and PIRAMO (Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments), where I focus on outreach and education. I am also a member of Hui Hōʻai ʻIke, a group that shares the traditional and historical knowledge of the indigenous and local communities whose traditional and customary practices in Hawai‘i have contributed to and are integral to the stewardship of natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i.

From The Library

Species of the Month: Hawaiʻi Mamo (Black Hawaiian honeycreeper)

This year is Makahiki o Nā Manu Nahele (Year of the Forest Birds). For the month of February, the Hui Hōʻai ʻIke is highlighting the extinct mamo (declared extinct in 1898), humbly, as a reminder of why conservation work is important both ecologically and culturally. Mamo played an...

Species of the Month: ‘Āhinahina (Ka‘ū Silversword)

Each month, the members of Hui Hō‘ai ‘Ike highlight a species unique or culturally significant to Hawaiʻi through a Species of the Month feature. Learn more about the biology and cultural connections of the many species that we work so hard to conserve here in Hawaiʻi.

The month of May...


Distribution: Increases in climate favorable to mosquitoes have restricted ʻākohekohe to the absolute highest native forest habitats available in East Maui. ʻĀkohekohe occur in a very narrow, high elevation band in the highest elevation ʻōhiʻa forests, especially in The...


Distribution: Once common on the Alakaʻi plateau and in other high elevation forests on the island of Kauaʻi, ʻakekeʻe populations began to rapidly decline in the early 2000s. These population declines match studies showing increasing malaria prevalence in native forest...


Distribution: Kiwikiu currently occur on the windward slopes of East Maui in high elevation ʻōhiʻa forests, predominately in The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve, Hanawī Natural Area Reserve, and in Haleakalā National Park. Increases in climate favorable to mosquitoes...

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