The Volunteers with the Friends of HakalauFriends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to helping the Refuge achieve its mission of conserving the flora and fauna of Hawaii by:

  • Fostering public understanding, enjoyment, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and its surrounding ecosystems;
  • Providing volunteer assistance on important Refuge projects;
  • Working with elected officials in support of the Refuge mission, and
  • Raising funds to help support the purposes and goals of the Refuge.


For more information on the Refuge, see:

Annual Membership Meeting: Saturday January 16th 2:00 pm

USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry conference room

60 Nowelo St. Hilo Hawaii 

Featured Talk

Reintroduction of the ‘Alalā: the next step to restore a significant Hawaiian bird
 by Bryce Masuda, Conservation Program Manager 

Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo Global

'Alala. Photo courtesy of San Diego Zoo Global.‘Alalā were last observed in the wild on Hawai‘i Island in 2002. After intensive and successful captive breeding and forest restoration efforts, this endemic species will be released back into the wild starting in Fall 2016. Learn about plans for the exciting release and restoration of this rare bird.


koa planting lines

     Lines of young koa trees extend the forests into the upper pastures. Photo by J. B. Friday. Title bar photos by Jack Jeffrey