Upcoming Events

'alala, Hawaiian raven San Diego Zoo   Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday January 21, 2017

USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

60 Nowelo St., Hilo, HI

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Bryce Masuda, Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo

“Releasing the ‘Alala”

Membership required; applications will be available at the event, $25 for individuals and $35 for families


Recent Past Events

fence protecting forest. Photo by Jack Jeffrey.

Hakalau Forest Refuge Management Endowment Celebration

The year 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. In honor of the anniversary, the Friends of Hakalau Forest have established an endowment to support  critical management projects on the Refuge. To celebrate the anniversary and raise funds for the endowment, the Friends have planned a fundraising event on April 15, 2016 6:00 to 9:30 pm to be held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Dining Hall at 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo. The event is free but you must be a member to attend. Join now or bring a checkbook and membership application to the event! There will be food and short talks on the history of the refuge, forest restoration, and success in maintaining populations of the native birds. There will also be a live auction of art celebrating native Hawaiian wildlife. Please contact us to let us know if you are coming by April 4th. 


Open House at the Refuge

Spring Open House April 16th at the Refuge CANCELLED

Because of ongoing and worsening concerns about Rapid Ohia Death, the Refuge announced today that the Open House scheduled for April 16th will be cancelled. While there are no confirmed cases of Rapid Ohia Death on the Refuge, the staff are currently re-evaluating all activities on the Refuge to minimize the danger that the disease will be introduced.

For more on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death see

flowering ohia


Annual Membership Meeting: Saturday January 16th 2:00 pm

USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry conference room

60 Nowelo St. Hilo Hawaii 

Featured Talk

'Alala. Photo credit San Diego Zoo GlobalReintroduction of the ‘Alalā: the next step to restore a significant Hawaiian bird
 by Bryce Masuda, Conservation Program Manager

Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo Global

 ‘Alalā were last observed in the wild on Hawai‘i Island in 2002. After intensive and successful captive breeding and forest restoration efforts, this endemic species will be released back into the wild starting in Fall 2016. Learn about plans for the exciting release and restoration of this rare bird.

Ohia forest devastated by Rapid Ohia Death

Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death: Why it is Important

What you can do (and avoid doing!) to help

J. B. Friday

Extension Forester, University of Hawai'i

Thursday,  Nov. 19, 2015 6:00 pm

Mokuopāpapa Discovery Center76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI

                Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death is a new disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of 'ōhi'a trees over tens of thousands of acres of forest in East Hawai'i. The disease threatens not only 'ōhi'a lehua but all the native plants and birds that inhabit the forest. Lean what the disease is, what the symptoms look like, and what efforts are underway to stop its spread. (Hint: see

Healthy ohia forest in Puna 


Birdlife of the leeward Hawaiian Islands

by Michelle Reynolds, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Tuesday August 25, 2015 7:00 pm

Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii

Dr. Reynolds will cover biology and ecology of bird species that are endemic to the Leeward Hawaiian Islands and and efforts to restore their populations   Reynolds is a researcher with the United State Geological Service Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.  Her principal area of research with the USGS is the biology of the Laysan Duck and other bird species in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

Male Laysan Duck

Male Laysan duck on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Photo by: E.J. Peiker/Nature Photographer accompanied by USGS Biologist Michelle Reynolds

 Spring Open House at the Refuge April 18th, 2015

 Jack Jeffrey leads a bird tour at the Refuge Open House