Pluvialis fulva | Pacific golden-plover | kolea

Regular Migrant

Other Names: kolea

Commonly seen during the winter months, the kolea, or Pacific golden-plover is found on lawns, golf courses, fields, and even rooftops. They are less than a foot long and you’ll most likely seem them in their golden mottled feathers. But as they ready themselves for their long journey back to Alaska in May, they put on their “tuxedos” of black and white feathers down their front. In the past, skilled Hawaiians would catch them and enjoy their delicious meat, especially when traveling far inland.

Hotspots for Pacific golden-plover

Keāhole Point

Open Ocean

LookoutParking

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Honua‘ula Forest Reserve (Makāula -‘O‘oma section)

Wet forest

HikingParking

Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Halapepe and ʻŌhiʻa Trails

Dry forestPasture and grasslands

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Waiki‘i (off Old Saddle Road)

Pasture and grasslands

Driving

Palila Forest Discovery Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Trail

Wet forest

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Kaulana Manu Nature Trail (OPENING 2018)

Wet forest

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Kaūmana Trail

Wet forest

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Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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