BIRDING IN HAWAI'I
The Big Island provides great locations for spotting native forest birds and the Hawaiian Goose, Nene. In addition, visitors may be able to spot some seabirds, waterbirds, and open country birds.
For forest birds, visit Koke'e State Park, where you can find 'Elepaio, 'Amakihi, 'Anianiau, 'Apapane, Kaua'i 'Akepa and possible 'I'iwi and Kaua'i Creeper...
The best place to spot forest birds on Maui is Hosmer Grove, in Haleakala National Park. The National Park Service offers guided hikes two times a week...
Moloka'i has small populations of forest birds, because there is limited upland refuge (free from disease-carrying mosquitoes)...
'Apapane and 'Amakihi can be seen in low numbers on most of the ridge trails in the mountains...
Local Birding Information
Recommendations and directions for birding sites on the various islands may be found in this section. For driving maps with birding locals, please click on a particular island (above).
For assistance with bird identification questions, please refer to our Hawaii's Birds book. It is organized by habitat and includes photos, distributions, descriptions, voices, and habits of all of the native and introduced birds that are regularly seen in Hawaii today. A list of suggestions for birding sites on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Big Island are located in the back of the book on pages 134-137.
The Hawaii Birdwatching facebook group serves as a resource for anyone interested in birdwatching and bird conservation in Hawaii. Members (beginner birders through experienced birders) share their observations, sightings, anecdotes, questions, articles related to birding and bird conservation within the islands. You are welcome to ask questions on this facebook page, which is independent of the Hawaii Audubon Society.
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MAUI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT
KAUAI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT
(808) 355-5078, www.kauaiforestbirds.org
Hawaii Audubon Society would like to thank the following
commercial birding guides, who have contributed and
volunteered to offer field trips for HAS members.
Oahu Nature Tours
ALL ISLANDS (O`ahu, Kaua`i, Maui, and the Big Island)
Hawaii Bird Guide, LLC
Hawaii Birding Babe