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:

   Endowment Challenge

The Friends of Hakalau Forest NWR have established an endowment to permanently protect the Refuge. Right now, your donation to the Endowment Fund before December 31, 2017, will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donation of Ken and Patty Kupchak, up to a limit of $6000.    

As of the end of October, $2175 has been donated, resulting in $4,350 for the Endowment.  Double your donation by meeting this challenge! Donations for the Endowment are being accepted and processed by the Hawai'i Community Foundation. Donate now!

Annual Membership Meeting

January 13, 2018 2:00 to 4:00 pm

USDA Forest Service Conference Room, 60 Nowelo St., Hilo, HI

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

Guest Speaker: Eben Paxton, USGS PIERC "Status and future of the 'i'iwi"

The 'i'iwi was once one of the most common honeycreepers in Hawai'i, from sea level to tree line, but in October 2017 it was listed as a species Threatened with Extinction. The dramatic decline of this species over the last century and its continuing decline today, challenges the foundations of Hawai'i forest bird conservation.  Can we prevent the extinction of this iconic bird?  Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is an extraordinarily important sanctuary for the 'i’iwi, and the refuge will likely be at the center of the fight to save the species   The talk will discuss the decline of the species, and discuss what actions can be taken to stop the species decline.


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