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Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in

Some of the best bird watching on the island can be found at ʻAimakapā Fishpond. This wetland area provides habitat for an amazing variety of birdlife, including some species that are not found anywhere else in the world. Other species can be found spending the winter months in the fishpond, having traveled to Hawaiʻi from ...
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The Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Forest Reserve is home to a diverse dry ʻōhiʻa forest mixed with many endangered and rare plants. The Halepepe and ʻŌhiʻa trails take you through some of these forested areas where a wide variety of native and exotic birds have found a home. Be sure to check in at the Hiker Check-in ...
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Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in

A nice family trail, the Puʻu Huluhulu trail network features several short hikes atop a forested hill, surrounded by black lava from an 1843 flow. A mix of koa forest and dry mixed forest, this puʻu (hill) is a good place to view native forest birds seeking refuge from an otherwise stark lava landscape.

Kaulana Manu (formerly Kīpuka 21) is a family friendly interpretive trail in a pristine kīpuka (older, forested pockets spared from lava flows). A favorite of birders, this is a good spot to catch a glimpse of many of Hawaiʻi Island’s native forest birds. If you’re lucky, you’ll may see endangered Hawaiian birds like ʻakiapōlāʻau, ʻakepa, ...
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Wailoa River State Park

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in

Wailoa River State Park contains several ancient Hawaiian fishponds (none currently in use) that provide habitat for a variety endemic, migratory, and introduced waterfowl. Recently a flock of domestic helmeted guineafowl has also been frequenting the area. The park is open daily during daylight hours.

Loko Waka Pond

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in

While it is on private property, Loko Waka fishpond is a great spot to see native waterfowl, particularly ‘alae ke‘oke‘o. Loko Waka is also a major roosting site for cattle egrets in the Hilo area. At 60 acres in size, Loko Waka is the largest of the fish ponds in Keaukaha.