Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge


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Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

Address:c/o Big Island Refuges
32 Kinoole St, Suite 101
Hilo, HI 96720

Phone:808-933-6915
Fax:808-933-6917
Web: www.fws.gov/pacificislands/wnwr/bhakalaunwr.html
Established: 1985.
Location:12 miles northwest of Hilo, on the island of Hawaii.
Facilities:Visitor contact station.
Activities:Birdwatching, hiking.
Special Features:Refuge's two units are located at elevations between 2,000 and 6,600 feet on the east and west sides of the island of Hawaii. The sloping terrain is forested with some of the finest remaining stands of native montane rainforest in the state.
Habitats: 32,733 acres on the windward (eastern) slope of Moana Loa. Habitats include grassland and open woodland at the highest elevations; a closed-canopy rain forest with an understory of native trees, shrubs, and ferns around 5,000 feet; and bogs, fern patches, and scrub dissected by deep gulches below 4,000 feet.
Access: Open to the public on weekends and holidays.
Wild life: Endangered forest birds, including the akiapola'au, the Hawaii akepa, Hawaii creeper, i'iwi, apapane, elepaio, and Hawaiian hoary bat.

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Though each is special in its own right, perhaps the most unique is Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, the only high elevation tropical rainforest found within the Refuge System.
There's plenty of evidence that introduced diseases and introduced mosquitoes have been responsible for the decline and extinction of Hawaiian birds in the last 100 years or so," says Leonard Freed, a field biologist and evolutionary ecologist who works with his wife, Rebecca Cann, both at the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island of Hawaii and at the University of Hawaii on Oahu.
For natives on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, preserving a portion of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge means more than just planting the hardwood Acacia koa.