Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds

September 14-17, 2018

Celebrate Hawai‘i's unique blend of birds - from native honeycreepers found nowhere else in the world to common backyard birds from five continents. The annual Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds supports the Hawai‘i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail and the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center. 

The Trail's 90-mile, cross-island route links a remarkably varied set of locales featuring a broad representation of island birdlife, nature, geology, history and scenic vistas. Rising from sea level to 7,000 feet and back again between the two tallest mountains on earth, the trail passes through desert with a few inches of rain annually and through tropical rainforest with nearly 300 inches of rainfall a year. Imagine the trail's diversity of landscapes and climates matched by the diversity of birds including endangered waterbirds and forest birds, migratory waterfowl and shorebirds including such notable species as Nēnē, Hawaiʻi ʻAmakihi, ʻŌmao, Hawaiʻi ʻElepaio, ʻApapane, ʻIʻiwi, Hawaiian Hawk, Hawaiian Coot, and the endemic sub-species of the Black-necked Stilt and Short-eared Owl (Pueo), and numerous established non-native species.

Full Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 14
6 a.m. Leeward Birding and Windward Seawatch with Visit to HWC
6 a.m. Nature Extravaganza: Birds, Waterfalls & Volcanoes
6 a.m. Hakalau Forest NWR Birding Adventure
6 a.m. Endangered Native Habitats Birding Adventure
7:30 a.m. Kona Coast Pelagic Birding
5:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Film Festival

Saturday, September 15
6:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Birds - Kaloko-Honokohau
6:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Birds - Sheraton Keauhou
6:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Birds Photo Walk - Sheraton Keauhou
8:30 a.m. Bird Fair: Arts, Crafts, Booths, Gear, Speakers, Keiki Activities
5 p.m. Brews, Birds & Binos - Sheraton, Hawaii Lawn

Sunday, September 16
6 a.m. Endangered Native Habitats Birding Adventure
6 a.m. Hakalau Forest NWR Birding Adventure
6 a.m. Hakalau NWR Bird Photo Tour with Jack Jeffrey
7:30 a.m. Kona Coast Pelagic Birding
4:30 p.m. Pau Hana Festival Celebration BBQ Dinner

Monday, September 17
7:30 a.m. Community Project Service Day - Mauna Kea Reforestation
10 a.m. Community Project Service Day - Hawaii Wildlife Center

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

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