PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
Community Education & Outreach
The 'Elepaio is the journal of the Hawaii Audubon Society and has been the central component of our educational outreach efforts since publication of Volume 1 in 1939. Issues are currently published bi-monthly and feature peer-reviewed scientific articles and other educational articles that focus on research and conservation work in Hawai'i and the Pacific. Check out the 'Elepaio section of our website here.
HAS field trips offer opportunities to gain first-hand experience with Hawaii’s wildlife and natural environments. Outings include birding excursions, service trips to a variety of habitat restoration sites, and exclusive guided tours of places such as Paiko Lagoon, Bishop Museum, Honolulu Zoo, and James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, we occasionally host educational talks on a range of interesting issues related to our mission. See the events section of our website for a listing of upcoming opportunities.
The Hawaii Audubon Society actively participates in community events throughout the year by setting up a booth with volunteers present to speak with interested members of the public about our mission and accomplishments. The HAS office also serves as a source for information in the community and provides access to a network for visiting and local birders.
Freeman Seabird Preserve
In September 2007, the Hawaii Audubon Society was given a one-acre coastal property at Black Point on the southern coast of O'ahu thanks to an unprecedented gift from the Houghton Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Seabird Preserve is home to a colony of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters ('uau kani, Puffinus pacificus). The restoration of this property from a vacant residential property into a native coastal habitat has been the ongoing project of the Society ever since. Find out more information at the Freeman Seabird Preserve website.
Kawai Nui Interpretive Planning
The Kawai Nui marsh on Windward O'ahu is the largest remaining freshwater marsh in the main Hawaiian Islands and serves as habitat for several endemic and endangered water birds. HAS is part of a cooperative effort to protect the wetland--an effort that members have been working on for years, including advocating for state matching funds to construct habitat ponds for endangered wetland birds. In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers completed the terraced waterbird ponds and the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, the Society, and other community volunteers have begun to restore and maintain the adjacent native stream habitat.
HAS is a founding member of Ho'olaulima Ia Kawainui, which is a network of conservation organizations whose collective mission is to foster public awareness and understanding of the natural, historical, cultural, and scenic resources of the Kawainui-Hāmākua Marsh Complex in order to ensure the long-term protection, restoration, and stewardship of its resources. In addition to planning an annual World Wetlands Day Celebration at Kawainui Marsh, the network has been working on a resources interpretive plan and the update of the 1994 Kawainui 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.
Read the full testimony here.
Pacific Fisheries Coalition
The Pacific Fisheries Coalition (PFC), a project of the Society, is a unique collaboration between conservationists and fishermen who found common ground to promote the conservation and responsible use of living marine resources in Hawai'i and the Pacific Basin. It began in 1988 and over the years received grants from several foundations and other sources. The PFC is administered by current HAS Board President, Linda Paul, who serves as project administrator and policy analyst on a pro bono basis.