The Hawaii Audubon Society (HAS) mission focuses on conservation activities
"To foster community values that result in the protection and restoration of native wildlife and ecosystems and conservation of natural resources through education, science and advocacy in Hawai‘i and the Pacific."
The HAS Conservation Committee works to prevent threats to native wildlife and habitats by reviewing and submitting comments on a variety of proposed projects and activities statewide. Members actively screen documents (news releases, permit notices, and environmental compliance) for issues relevant to HAS conservation concerns and also monitor environmental bills related to our mission statement and submit testimony on behalf of the Society as appropriate.
Other Conservation Organizations
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Current Hawaii Audubon Society Conservation Issues
Kawainui-Hāmākua Marsh Complex Master Plan
In October 2019, HAS submitted testimony to the Hawai‘i State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) regarding its position on the Kawainui Master Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement, stating that it still does not meet the requirements of Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 343 nor Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Title 11 Section 200.
Click on the picture to read the full testimony.
Kawailoa Wind Project
Click here to read HAS's comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Kawailoa Wind Farm.
Hawaii Kai Marina Dredging
The Hawaii Audubon Society's (HAS) position on the dumping of dredge spoils on Rim Islands I and II in the Kuapa Lagoon (now known as the Hawaii Kai Marina):
The Rim Islands in the Kuapa Lagoon (Hawaii Kai Marina) exist historically as documented by a map (below) published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on March 3, 1947 (page 4). The island in the middle of the map is now called Rim Island I and the island to the right, labeled "Bird Sanctuary", is now called Rim Island II. Henry Kaiser did not create Rim Islands I and II despite such claims. However, Kaiser did bulldoze depressions in the middle of both islands so that dredge spoils could be dumped into them. Thus "rim" islands were formed and waterbird wetland habitat was destroyed. The Hawaii Kai Marina has since filled in the depression on Rim Island I and partially filled in Rim Island II with dredge spoils.
The Hawaii Audubon Society would like both Rim islands restored to the extent documented in the 1947 map (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, below) to provide nesting habitat for endangered waterbirds, including the Hawaiian black-necked stilt. These wetland birds are endangered due to nesting habitat destruction from development and from predators. These islands provide safe nesting habitat for native waterbirds from predators, such as cats, dogs, and mongoose. However, non native cattle egrets and rats can access the Islands and prey upon stilt chicks and Koloa ducklings. Cattle egrets were observed in the area after the Hawaii Kai Marina Association bulldozed Rim Island II in February (2018) during stilt nesting season. As the landowner, the Marina should control predators of endangered Hawaiian black-necked stilt chicks. The Army Corps of Engineers has asked the Marina Association not to dump dredge spoils on Rim Island II during the Hawaiian black-necked stilt nesting season, which extends from mid-February through the end of August.
The Concerned Citizens of Hawaii (CCH) and HAS have been working together to preserve nesting habitat at the Rim Islands. If you would like to joint efforts with CCH and HAS to protect the stilt habitat on Rim Island 2, then please send a donation to either CCH or HAS at:
Hawaii Audubon Society, The Ae‘o of Kuapa Pond, 850 Richards Street #505, Honolulu, HI 96813
Concerned Citizens of Hawaii Ltd., The Ae‘o of Kuapa Pond, Hawaii Kai Marina, P.O. Box 25844, Honolulu, HI 96825