About Us Our Mission To foster community values that result in the protection and restoration of native wildlife and ecosystem and conservation of natural resources through education, science, and advocacy in Hawai’i and the Pacific. Our Islands' Isolation The Hawaiian Islands host a remarkable number ofendemic plants and animals, their habitats ranging fromcoral reefs to volcanic mountains. Over centuries, peopleaccidentally and intentionally imported countlessnonnative species to the Islands to suit human needs,desires, and whims. We focus on preserving and protectingthe Islands’ native species and their habitats, and provide information for birders and nature enthusiasts. The Hawaiian Islands host a remarkable number of endemic plants and animals, their habitats ranging from coral reefs to volcanic mountains. Over centuries, people accidentally and intentionally imported countless nonnative species to the Islands to suit human needs, desires, and whims. We focus on preserving and protecting the Islands’ native species and their habitats, and provide information for birders and nature enthusiasts. Background & History The Hawaii Audubon Society was established locally in 1939 bya small group of dedicated birders to further the protectionand conservation of Hawai’i’s native wildlife and ecosystems.The first meeting of the Honolulu Audubon Society was held in March 1939. In May of that year, a constitutionand by-laws were adopted and officers were elected. This wasthe result of a letter in January 1939 to a local newspaper byCharles M. Dunn “…asking all bird lovers to meet at the Libraryof Hawai’i with a view to forming a branch of the National Association of Audubon Societies”. In November of 1939, thefirst issue of the ‘Elepaio, the “Official Organ of the HonoluluAudubon Society”, was published as Volume 1, Number 1.After seven years, the Board of Directors changed the nameof the organization to the Hawaii Audubon Society (HAS)”…todesignate more clearly the scope of our interests” (‘Elepaio,Vol. 7, No. 1, July, 1946). They hoped that, with the namechange, the organization would draw members from all theislands of the State who were interested in wildlifeconservation.HAS became a certified chapter of the National AudubonSociety (NAS) in 1978, but functions independently from NAS in all financial, policy, and programmatic matter as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 80 Years of Hawaii Audubon Society Annual State of Society Report 2020Annual State of Society Report 2021 Our Team Board Officers Susan Scott, President Rich Downs, Vice President Elizabeth Kumabe-Maynard, Second Vice President John Harrison, Treasurer Wendy Johnson, Recording Secretary Board Directors Yvonne Chan Wendy Kuntz Pat Moriyasu Alice Roberts Colleen Soares Staff Susanne Spiessberger, Interim Executive Director 'Elepaio Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Zoller, Office and Communications Manager email@example.com HAS Board meetings are held at the HAS office (850 Richards Street#505 Honolulu, HI 96813) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the third Monday of every othermonth (March, May, July, September and November). The January Board meeting is usually held in conjunction with the annual Board Retreat.