Recent Past Events

'i'iwi and mosquito by Jack Jeffery

Options for Controlling Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

in Hawai'i

A presentation by

Dr. Jolene Sutton, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

May 2, 1018 7:00 pm

Mokupāpapa Center, 75 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawai'i

Until the early 1800’s, there were no mosquitoes in Hawai‘i. Mosquito transmitted disease is now responsible for the decline and extinction of many of our native birds, and other types of mosquito borne disease are a threat to humans as well. Dr. Sutton will discuss efforts that are being made to combat this ongoing problem, and will describe strategies that have thepotential to suppress and even eliminate disease carrying mosquitoes in Hawai‘i.

Admission is free and open to the public.


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.


Life on the Edge:

The amazing marine animals I've met at low tide

Thursday August 3, 2017 

7:00 pm

Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave.,  Hilo 

      Ever wonder what the tide pools and space between shore and surf is like?  Or maybe you’ve wanted to know more about the creatures that inhabit this intertidal zone.  Susan Scott may have the answers to some of your questions.

       One of Susan’s favorite activities is walking beaches at low tide because it reveals marine animals that she would never see while scuba diving or snorkeling -- and she doesn’t even have to get wet.  Susan will talk about, and show photos of, some of extraordinary creatures she’s found during low-tide beach walks in Hawai'i, Australia, and other tropical islands.

        Susan, a former registered nurse, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and is a graduate of the university’s Marine Options Program.  Since 1987, Susan has written a weekly column called “Ocean Watch” for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and has written eight books about nature in Hawai'i.

 This talk is sponsored by the Friends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and admission is free.