The Hawai‘i Birding Trails website is your guide to finding Hawai‘i’s birds. Use the interactive map to explore hotspots along our birding trails and plan your trip with printable checklists. Read all about our many feathered residents in an easy to use search page. New trails are being planned, so check back in to find your next birding adventure.
This website is administered by the Nā Ala Hele Trails and Access System, part of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. We are not responsible to for any content linked to outside of this website. The website is to be used only as a guide.
Hawai‘i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail
The Hawai‘i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail is a 90-mile cross-island driving route from Kona to Hilo. Patterned after the many successful birding trails in North America, it links a remarkably varied set of locales featuring a broad representation of island bird life, nature, geology, history, and scenic vistas. The route runs from Kaloko-Honokohau National Park in Kona up Hina Lani Street to Highway 190 to Route 200 (the old Saddle Road) to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway to Waiānuenue Avenue in Hilo via Kaūmana Drive to Kamehameha Avenue and finally to Loko Waka Pond off Kalaniana‘ole Avenue. Because the route consists of a network of birding hotspots rather than a physical linear trail so users can join or leave the route at any point along the way. All the sites are accessible areas to the public.
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Maui Sea to Summit Birding Trail
The Maui Sea to Summit Birding Trail is a 90-mile driving route that takes you from the shores of Maui to its 10,000-foot mountain top. This trail links a variety of habitat types and diversity of natural, geologic, and cultural features—some of the most iconic destinations in the world. The route runs from Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge near Kīhei up to the Leleiwi Overlook in Haleakalā National Park. This trail also includes a side trip to Waiʻānapanapa State Park, for the adventurous birder exploring the famed Hana Highway. The route consists of a network of birding hotspots rather than a physical linear trail so users can join or leave the route at any point along the way. Most of the sites are accessible areas to the public (the Waikamoi Preserve is private and requires reservations.)