The Volunteers with the Friends of HakalauFriends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to helping the Refuge achieve its mission of conserving the flora and fauna of Hawaii by:


  • Fostering public understanding, enjoyment, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and its surrounding ecosystems;
  • Providing volunteer assistance on important Refuge projects;
  • Working with elected officials in support of the Refuge mission, and
  • Raising funds to help support the purposes and goals of the Refuge.

 For more information on the Refuge, see:



Annual Membership Meeting

 January 19, 2019 1:00 to 3:00 pm

University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, Room D202, 875 Komohana St., Hilo, Hawaii

Open to all Members of the Friends of Hakalau Forest; membership applications will be available at the door. 

Business agenda: Election of new officers, Annual Report, Greetings from the Refuge Manager

Special event: Showing of the documentary film "Saving Ohia: Hawaii's Sacred Tree"

Questions and answers following by Dr. J. B. Friday, Unversity of Hawai'i


Ohia forest affected by Rapid Ohia Death

Upcoming Talk

Translocating Chicks To Create New Seabird Colonies

Leilani Fowlke of Pacific Rim Conservation
January 23rd 7:00 pm
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Hawai'i

Pacific Rim Conservation (PRC) is a non-profit organization that works to maintain and restore native bird diversity, populations, and ecosystems in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. Leilani Fowlke, PRC Outreach Coordinator, will be speaking with Friends of Hakalau on January 23rd about their revolutionary conservation efforts in translocating seabirds.
Leilani will tell us about the Black-footed Albatross, Bonin Petrel and Tristram’s Storm-petrel translocations happening on Oahu with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and the Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel translocations occurring on Kauai at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, American Bird Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Packard Foundation.

Discover their importance to stabilizing declining seabird populations. Learn about PRC’s use of predator-proof fences to create “islands within islands,” and why the translocated chicks will return to this safe site. Watch the PRC animal care team in action and see how up to 100 chicks are cared for and fed each day and what it takes to keep all of those little birds healthy.





'I'iwi. Image (c) Jack Jeffrey, www.jackjeffreyphoto.com