Events & Field Trips

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HAS guided tours are a membership benefit. Non-members, please join us as a new member, or consider making an online donation of $5 or more for your participation. Mahalo for your support.

A waiver is required for all participants. Please return the completed waiver form to hiaudsoc@gmail.com before the tour or bring it along to the site. Download waiver form here.

NEW Big Island Partners – Hawaii Audubon, Big Island Hui
 

Welcome and mahalo to Nicole and Mike Carion of Kailua-Kona who recently volunteered to be the Society’s Big Island ambassadors!

Mike and Nicole have planned several outings. Check out and join their Facebook group: Hawaii Audubon, Big Island Hui  for more information. Left graphic shows the events calendar from their FB page.

Contact Mike and Nicole to sign on: Mpcarion@gmail.com

Service Trip on Mount Ka‘ala.  

When: January 7, 2022, 7:15am – 4:00pm, at Mount Ka‘ala. Hawaii Audubon Society MEMBERS only. Limited to 10 HAS members. 
Leader: Colleen Soares (Hawaii Audubon Society Board) 
Description: Work with Natural Area Reserve (NAR) staff to remove nonnative species on the highest point on O’ahu in the Waianae mountains. Mount Ka‘ala is home to many of Hawai‘i’s rare and endemic species. Work can be strenuous. Space is limited. Members of Hawaii Audubon Society only. RSVP. No Text. Email your name, email and cell phone number to Colleen Soares (csoares48@gmail.com) for reservations and instructions.

National Audubon Society 123rd Christmas Bird Count

Find more information on https://www.audubon.org/ conservation/join-christmas-bird-count and a map here.

Big Island

North Kona, Saturday, Dec 17, 2022. Contact Lance Tanino, lance.tanino@gmail.com, (808) 495-6545

Volcano, Sunday, Dec 18, 2022. Contact Alex Wang, axwang12@gmail.com

Maui

ʻIao: Monday, Dec 19, 2022

Haleakalā National Park: Monday, Dec 26, 2022

Hana: Friday, Dec 30, 2022

Lanaʻi: Thursday, Dec 15, 2022. Contact for any of the four: Sonny Gamponia, sgamponia@gmail.com, (808) 244-0727

Kauaʻi

Lihu‘e: Monday, Jan 2, 2023. Contact Jennifer Rothe jennifer.a.rothe@gmail.com

Oʻahu

Honolulu: Sunday, Dec 18, 2022. Contact Pete Donaldson, pdnldsn.bird@mac.com (preferred), (808) 456-5662 (home), (808) 371-4447 (mobile).   The Honolulu count covers Oahu from Waimanalo on the east to Aiea on the west and from Kaneohe on the north to Diamond Head on the south. Please email (preferably) or call if you are interested in participating. Some birding experience is helpful, but you do not need to be an expert birder to participate.  If you know others who might be interested, please pass the information on to them, or let me know so I can contact them.  If you have a preference for your count area, please let me know. 

 Waipio: Monday, Jan 2, 2023. Contact Dick May, (808) 375-2439, rmayhi02@hotmail.com
White Tern Walks
More dates TBA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanauma Talks

In April 2021, five presentations were co-sponsored by the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and HAS. Listen to the talks about Hawai’i’s native birds given by members each Thursday at bit.ly/3w5lekr

Browse the Hanauma Bay YouTube
channel, for past talks about Hawaii’s conservation issues.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Bird Walk, Kāneʻohe

Tours available on request with 3-4 people.

RSVP with Colleen at csoares48@gmail.com

Join us for a Hawaii Audubon Society walk of 2-3 miles through Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:30 am, 45-680 Luluku Road, Kāneʻohe, HI. Wear walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen and hat. Walk will finish by noon.

Hoʻomaluhia is named “a peaceful refuge.” It is 400 lush acres in windward Oʻahu.

The Garden opened in 1982, and features plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped geographically. See the map given below for the regions represented by the botanical collections: Philippines, Malaysia, Tropical America, India & Sri Lanka, Melanesia, Hawaii, Polynesia, and Africa. The Garden was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kāneʻohe. 

Download the bird list for the birds we may see on this lovely walk, such as the White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix, Common Waxbill, Hawaiian Coot (‘alae ke’oke’o), and Pacific Golden-Plover (kōlea).

Bird listhttps://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/dpr/hbg_docs/Hoomaluhia_Birds_List.pdf

Garden Maphttps://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/dpr/hbg_docs

Kawainui Marsh, Kailua

Tours available on request with 3-4 people.

RSVP with Colleen at csoares48@gmail.com.

 Join Hawaii Audubon Society for a walk through Kawainui Marsh.

Wear walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen, and hat. Walk will finish by noon.

We will walk the 3 mile, round trip, paved levee. No elevation gain and no cover from the sun. Kawainui Marsh State Wildlife Sanctuary in Kailua is 830 acres, the largest remaining freshwater wetland in the state of Hawaiʻi. The Kawainui and Hāmākua Marsh Complex has been designated as a Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance especially for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for waterfowl habitat.

The Kawainui levee is a 6,300 foot earthen berm and concrete wall that runs along Kawainui Stream. The levee was constructed in 1966 by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Kailua from flooding.

The trail through the marsh offers beautiful views of the Ko’olau Mountains. This protected area is a haven for native birds and wildlife, such as the federally endangered waterbirds Hawaiian Stilt (aeʻo), Hawaiian Gallinule (ʻalae ʻula), and Hawaiian Coot (ʻalae keʻokeʻo).

‘Aiea Loop Trail

Tours available on request with 3-4 people.

RSVP with Colleen at csoares48@gmail.com.

Join Hawaii Audubon Society for a walk through upper-elevation forest.

One of the best trails for upper-elevation forest on O‘ahu where it is possible to see ‘apapane and ‘amakihi. One of the best places to look for the elusive O‘ahu Creeper (O‘ahu ‘alauahio), although it is rarely seen. Other birds include Japanese Bush-warbler and White-rumped Shama. The Mariana Swiftlet has also been seen by several birders on one area of the trail. Plants may include ‘ohi‘a, koa, ‘olapa, and ‘ie‘ie. About five miles round trip. Walk may finish by one pm.

Watch past Annual Members Meetings on YouTube:

2022 Annual Meeting and Members Dinner:

Watch the virtual 2021 Annual Members Meeting, topic “82 Years and Counting”

Watch the virtual 2020 Annual Members Meeting featuring our 7th edition of Hawaii’s Birds