Recent Past Events



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.

'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

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