Hawaii'S National Wildlife Refuge
What are Hawaii's national wildlife refuges? What will you see in each of them? Where are they?
If you're looking to see and learn about the various wildlife that lives on and around the Hawaiian islands, you won't want to miss a stop at one or more of the national wildlife refuges on the islands.
Here is a list of some of the refuges, where they are and what you'll see there.
• Kilauea Point. This refuge offers information about area plants and aquatic animals and birds. Features are the turtles, whales, dolphins, shearwaters, and brown boobies that can be found on the islands. This refuge is one mile north of Kilauea.
• Pearl Harbor. This refuge is on the Pearl Harbor naval base on Oahu. You can learn all about the koloa, hawaiian stilt, and hawaiian gallinule, among many other animals. 808-541-1201.
• Hawaiian Islands. This refuge is on Oahu and showcases all sorts of birds that are native to the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific. You'll see white terns, noddies, shearwaters, boobies, seabirds, and albatrosses, among others.
• Baker, Howland, Jarvis and Johnston Island. This refuge is near the equator. Here you'll see sooty terns, shearwaters, boobies, frigatebirds, and many other tropical birds.
• Huleia. This is a great refuge to watch some Hawaiian native birds including the koloa, coot, stilt, and gallinule.
• James C. Campbell national wildlife refuge. This refuge is on Oahu, and showcases 142 acres filled with mainly birds. You'll see birds like shorebirds, waterfowl, coots, stilts, and night herons.
• Kakahaia. This refuge offers a 40 acres of marsh and ponds that features mainly birds that are natives to the islands.
• Hakalau forest. This refuge is on the windward slope of the Mauna Kea. It has some of the most unique animals you can find in any of the refuges on the islands, including the hawk, hoary bat, thrust, akepa, iiwi and the apapane.