About Us Our Mission 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. 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 introduced countlessnonnative species to the islands to suit human needs,desires, and whims, often to the detriment of Hawaiʻi’s unique native species due to associated diseases, predation, and competition for resources. We focus on preserving and protecting the islands’ native species and habitats, and providing 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 introduced countless nonnative species to the islands to suit human needs, desires, and whims, often to the detriment of Hawaiʻi’s unique native species due to associated diseases, predation, and competition for resources. We focus on preserving and protecting the islands’ native species and habitats, and providing information for birders and nature enthusiasts. Background & History The Hawai’i 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.In 2023, in an effort to honor the Hawaiian culture and support perpetuation of the Hawaiian language, the Board of Directors decided to add an ʻokina to the organization’s name, which is now the Hawaiʻi Audubon Society. 80 Years of Hawai’i Audubon Society Annual State of Society Report 2020Annual State of Society Report 2021Annual State of Society Report 2022 Our Team Board Officers Susan Scott, President Rich Downs, Vice President John Harrison, PhD, Treasurer Wendy Johnson, Recording Secretary Board Directors Yvonne Chan, PhD Wendy Kuntz, PhD Pat Moriyasu Alice Roberts Colleen Soares, PhD Other Susanne Spiessberger, PhD, Executive Director, 'Elepaio Managing Editor email@example.com Laura Zoller, Honorary (non-voting) Board member, Volunteer Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Kumabe-Maynard, Honorary (non-voting) Board member Rhea R. Reed, JD, CPA (retired), Volunteer Staff Accountant HAS Board meetings are usually held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the third Monday of every other month. The January Board meeting is held in conjunction with the annual Board Retreat. Contact us for details.