BIRDING ON HAWAII

Many of the birds shown on this website for the state of Hawaii are easy to observe. Some can be found in cities, others in parks and along trails, or in some publicly accessible refuges, reserves or sanctuaries.

Hawaii State Parks are located in various bird habitats and many species can be observed in those publicly accessible areas.
The State of Hawaii also has a Natural Area Reserve system, consisting of 21 reserves on the five main islands. They are located in various habitats and publicly accessible for free as well. For more information on what is accessible, please check the Nā Ala Hele Trail & Access Program.

There is a choice of birding tours available in the Hawaiian Islands, for various levels of birding. Some are free and organized by non-profits, for example the HAWAII AUDUBON SOCIETY. Their website has excellent Birding Guides for the five main islands. Many endemic species are rare and endangered, and can only be observed in mountainous rain forests at high elevations.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES ON HAWAII (the main islands):
Access varies depending on various factors, so it’s safer to check first with appropriate management before planning a visit.
Hakalau Forest NWR (Mauna Kea east slope, Big Island)
Hanalei NWR (part of the Kauai National Refuge Complex)
Hulē’ia NWR (Kauai)
James Campbell NWR (Oahu, north east point)
Kakahaia NWR (Molokai)
Kealia Pond NWR (Maui, near Kihei)
Kilauea Point NWR (Kauai, north east point)
Oahu Forest NWR (Oahu, northern Ko’olau Mountains)
Pearl Harbor NWR (Oahu)

In addition to the above, click on the links below for more birding locations specific to each island:

BIG ISLAND
KAUAI
MAUI
OAHU

Ruddy Turnstone - Magic Island, Oahu - © Denise Motard
Ruddy Turnstone, regular winter visitor – Magic Island, Oahu – © Denise Motard

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