Branta sandvicensis | Hawaiian goose | nēnē


Other Names: nene

Hawaiʻi’s State bird, the nēnē, is an iconic favorite among locals. Though endangered, they have recovered spectacularly since near extinction in the 1940s and now are found on Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, and Kauaʻi, though carefully managed. Related to the Canada goose, the nēnē differ in their smaller stature at about 25” tall and a white with black-streaked neck. They’ve adapted to island life, have less webbing on their feet and preferring open country and scrublands—and even golf courses!

Hotspots for Hawaiian goose

Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Coastal Wetland

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
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Kanahā Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary

Coastal Wetland


Waikamoi Preserve (The Nature Conservancy-PRIVATE)

Wet forest

TNC Waikamoi Preserve

Hosmer Grove (Haleakalā National Park)

Dry forest

Hosmer Grove
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Leleiwi Overlook (Haleakalā National Park)

Dry forest

Leleiwi Overlook
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Keāhole Point

Open Ocean


Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a ʻŌhiʻa Trail

Dry forestPasture and grasslands


Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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