‘Ōhi‘a (Metrosideros polymorpha) on Hawaii Island. Photo by J. B. Friday | Island Conservation Hawaii

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Hakalau Hawaii Forest and Trail hike participants in front of a lobelia

Fall 2022

So many exciting events! Be sure to check out the Endowment Campaign, join us on the Walk for the Wild on October 15th, and join the Holoholo Challenge during the month of October. There is also information about the latest refuge volunteer trips, the most beautiful ‘ōhi’a tree, and more.

Hakalau Hawaii Forest and Trail hike participants in front of a lobelia

Summer 2022

New funding to protect birds from threats such as mosquitos; Volunteer Trips Resume; Research Post: Pockets and pathways to invasion: Monitoring avian disease-carrying mosquitoes in the face of climate change; Congratulations Baron; Refuge Bird Survey Summary, and more.

Baron holding a potted plant at a student career day presentation.

Spring 2022

Watch the American Forests and Teaching Change Videos filmed on the preserve; Research Post: Machine learning to improve bioacoustic monitoring of endangered birds in Hawai`i; History of the Pua Akala Cabin by Leah Messer, The 227 crickets of Hawai’i, and more.

Baron holding a potted plant at a student career day presentation.

Winter 2021

Hakalau’s 2021 Endowment Fundraising Campaign Update; Research Post: Where’s the carbon? Forest carbon cycling research at Hakalau Forest NWR; Stories from the early history of the Refuge by Andy Kikuta, Are Happy-Faced Spiders Really Happy?, and more.

Baron holding a potted plant at a student career day presentation.

Fall 2021

Hakalau’s 2021 Matching Gift Campaign for the Endowment; Research Post: Towards developing an “early warning system” for mosquitoes and mosquito-transmitted disease at Hakalau; A short history of the University of Hawai`i at Hakalau, and more.

Baron holding a potted plant at a student career day presentation.

Summer 2021

Baron Horiuchi and His Merry Band Of Volunteers; President’s Perch; Forest bird surveys are complete!; Meet Refuge Biologist Eldridge Naboa; Learn about Bidens: Native Plant of the Year, and more.

'Apapane with mosquito by Jack Jeffery | HawaiI Endangered Birds

Spring 2021

Exciting Facilities Update; Steve Kendall Retirement; Forest regeneration following ungulate removal in a montane Hawaiian wet forest; Innovative Solution to Koa Seedling mortality at Frost Prone Elevations; and more.

'Apapane with mosquito by Jack Jeffery | HawaiI Endangered Birds

Winter 2020

President’s Pearch; Refuge update from Summer 2020; Events, Christmas Shopping and Mahalo to Donors; Research News; Birds Not Mosquitos: Preventing Extinctions;  Hakalau Forest – the early years; and more.

'Apapane with mosquito by Jack Jeffery | HawaiI Endangered Birds

Fall 2020

Steve Kendall: 30 years with Wildlife Refuges; introducing new staff: Leah Messer; Hawai‘i Island Festival of the Birds (virtual for 2020!); Applying Wolbachia bacteria to Save Hawaii’s Forest Birds by Chris Farmer (American Bird Conservancy); The Beginning of Management of the Refuge by Jerry Leinecke; and more.

'Apapane with mosquito by Jack Jeffery | HawaiI Endangered Birds

Summer 2020

Landscape-level mosquito suppression to protect Hawaii’s birds, Stories form the early history of the Refuge, Refuge Manager’s update, and more. 

Forest bird transects | Island Conservation Hawaii

Spring 2020

Update from the Refuge Manager, Research in the Refuge: Restoring the forest, Stories from early history of the Refuge and before including paniolo times and the Forest Bird Survey, Opportunities for members and volunteers.

Steve Kendall | HawaiI Endangered Birds

Winter 2019-2020

Steve Kendall, Refuge Biologist, on what a biologist does at the Refuge; Aloha to Donna Ball; Teaching Change youth environmental education program; New nominees for the FOHF Board.

Annual Meeting January 25th, 2020 10:00 am 60 Nowelo St. Hilo HI

Cashell Villa with parting gifts | Friends of Hakalau Forest

Fall 2019

Manager’s Update, Farewell to Cashell Villa, Jessica Loeffler: Kupu Intern, Hakalau and Pacific Friends in Homer, Alaska, How to help the Friends, and Upcoming events.

Dieter Mueller-Dombois and large ohia | Island Conservation Hawaii

Summer 2019

Manager’s Report by Tom Cady: New staff, new land acquisitions, outplanting, forest restoration, biology, volunteers, outreach, and more; Research in the Refuge: Growth rate and age of trees at Hakalu by Pat Hart; Volunteer T-Shirt Contest winner; Upcoming Events on the Refuge.

Angela Beck | HawaiI Endangered Birds

March 2019

Manager’s Report by Tom Cady, Research in the Refuge: Vocalizations of Hawaiian forest birds by Angela Beck, and Toxoplasmosis in Cats, Wildlife, and the Environment by Steve Hess.
New Hakalau Interns at the Nursery | Island Conservation Hawaii

December 2018

President’s Perch: Protecting the Refuge, protecting ‘ōhi‘a from ROD; Tom Cady to return as Refuge Manager; Refuge Happenings by Cashell Villa, acting Refuge Manager; Daniel and Dean Matsutomi as Volunteers of the Year; Research on the Refuge by Steve Kendall, Refuge Biologist; Dollar for Dollar Challenge Grant to fund the Endowment; Annual Meeting; Upcoming talk on translocating chicks to create new seabird colonies by Leilani Fowlke.

Yvonne with 'amakihi | HawaiI Endangered Birds

September 2018

President’s perch: Connecting people to the Refuge by J. B. Friday; Refuge happenings: Weathering the storm by Cashell Villa; Dollar for dollar Challenge Grant for the Endowment; Paradise Lost? Hawaii’s 192 year mosquito history by Jolene Sutton.

Laulima sign |Island Conservation Hawaii

June 2018

President’s Perch (Controlling mosquitoes in Hawai’i); introducing Tom Cady, acting Project Leader for the Refuge; Teaching Change: Inspiring Positive Environmental Change in Local Youth; August members-only trip planned for the Refuge.

Jim Kraus farewell dinner | Friends of Hakalau Forest

April 2018

President’s Perch (Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death and ‘I‘iwi), Jim Kraus Final Refuge Manager’s Report, Cashell Villa new Refuge Managers Report, upcoming trips and events on the Refuge.
Guests birding at the 2015 Spring Open House | Endangered Birds in Hawaii

Volume XIX, Summer 2015

President’s Perch, New Endowment Fund, Spring Open House, 20 Years of Forest Regeneration, Celebrating Success and Confronting Challenges on the Refuge, Rapid Ohia Death, Refuge Manager’s Update.

Friends birding at the Refuge | Endangered Birds in Hawaii

Volume XVIII, Spring 2015

President’s Perch, Refuge Manager’s Update, winter and spring service trips to the Refuge.

Hakalau Open House Spring 2014 | Island Conservation Hawaii

Volume XVII, Summer 2014

The koa trees are coming back after last year’s koa moth attack; Spring Open House a success; Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance programs; Presidents’ Perch; Manager’s Report.

Youth planting a tree at Hakalau | Rare Plants Hawaii

Vol. XVI, Fall 2013

Teaching Change youth environmental education program, New program for propagation rare plants on the Refuge, Refuge manager’s report, and From the President’s Perch.

Koa trees defoliated by the koa moth | Island Conservation Hawaii

Vol. XV, Summer 2013

Koa moth defoliates trees in the Refuge; lecture on the Teaching Change program September 17th; Refuge Open House October 19th; upcoming service trips in December; from the President’s Perch, and new t-shirts: what colors do you want?

Baron showing University of Idaho students the forest nursery at Hakalau NWR | Island Conservation Hawaii

Vol. XIV, Spring 2013

New board takes office, 2013 projects, a national award for Baron Horiuchi, history of how the Refuge was established, the Jack Jeffrey Conservation Grant, and “The nene: Hawaii’s iconic goose” published with permission from The Wildlife Professional.


New volunteer cabin roof at Hakalau NWR | Volunteer Wildlife Refuge Hawaii

Vol. XIII, Winter 2012

New volunteer cabin roof (thanks donors!), Teaching Change to Local Youth at Hakalau, Presidents’ report, Refuge update, and more.

Dieter Mueller-Dombois and large ohia | Endangered Birds in Hawaii

Vol. XII, Fall 2012

Rare birds found at lower elevations within Hakalau Forest for the first time in decades, October Open House, Volunteer days at Hakalau, FOHF volunteer appreciation luncheon, FOHF President’s notes and the volunteer cabin roof replacement, Refuge manager’s report.

Iiwi in the news | Endangered Birds in Hawaii

Vol. XI, Spring 2012

Year in review, 2012 board, what’s new on the Refuge, a visitor’s view, Nature of Learning grant, Jack Jeffrey Conservation Award to ‘Imi Pono no ka ‘Aina.

Open House 2011 at the Puu Akala barn | Friends of Hakalau Forest

Vol. X, Winter 2011

Open House 2011, website update, Hawaii Wildlife Center, 2012 Jack Jeffrey Conservation Education Award, t-shirts and hats for sale, annual membership meeting 2012, Extincition in Paradise.

'Io or Hawaiian hawk | Endangered Birds in Hawaii

Vol. IX, August 2011

How goes the ‘io?, bird trends, President’s perch, volunteering, service trips.

Nene meeting | Endemic Birds Hawaii

Vol. VIII, April 2011

Annual meeting, new board, water tank, 2011 JJ grant award, 2010 JJ grant report, bird survey PDF

Hakalau birthday cake | Friends of Hakalau Forest

Vol. VII, December 2010

New board member bios, refuge update, open house 2010, Friends t-shirts for sale

Friends of Hakalau Forest NWR

Vol. VI, October 2010

Congresswoman Hirono visits Hakalau, Open house, support for the Comprehensive Conservation Plan, what’s up at the Refuge.

Dr. Jonathan Price | Friends of Hakalau Forest

Vol. V, June 2010

From the President’s perch, Greenhouse water tank donors, Symbiosis Superhighway, Refuge staff, letter to Congresswoman Hirono.

FOHF tshirt | Friends of Hakalau Forest

Vol. IV, February 2010

Annual meeting, Jack Jeffrey Conservation Award, bird walk, President’s message, greenhouse water tank fundraiser, FOHF t-shirts.

Hawaiian akepa | Endemic Birds Hawaii

Vol. III, June 2009

ARRA funding for new storage building, Kona Forest unit, the ohia lehua tree, greenhouse water tank fundraiser, volunteers.

Ohia lehua | Rare Plants Hawaii

Vol. II, November 2008

President’s message, extraordinary volunteers, greenhouse water tank fundraiser, Hakalau Gulch interpretive trail, team ‘I‘iwi, Open House 2008, new FOHF logo.

Akiapolaau | Endemic Birds Hawaii

Vol. I, September 2007

President’s message, Manager’s perch, Open House, interpretive trails, volunteering, meet the Board, ‘Akiapōlā’au.
Nene Goose. Photo by Dean Masutomi
Sunday Morning at Hakalau Forest. Photo by Dean Masutomi
Hawaii ‘Akepa. Photo by Jack Jeffery
‘Ōhi‘a (ohia), photo by J.B. Friday
Photo by Lauren Gutierrez
Ma‘ohi‘ohi (Stenogyne calaminthoides). Photo by Dean Masutomi