The Hakalau Forest Reserve is a rare and endangered ecosystem in the Kona District of Hawaii.
This rainforest is home to some of the world’s most unique plants and animals, including carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders. The area was designated a National Wildlife Refuge for its essential ecological function – it provides habitat for rare birds, such as amakihi, apapane, elepaio, akipolaau, iwi. Our interpretive guides are experts on bird culture in Hawaii.
Hakalau Forest Reserve is a privately-owned, high-elevation rainforest reserve on the slopes of Mauna Kea (13,796 ft.) in Kona District, Hawaii.
This 12-acre private preserve was established to protect and restore native Hawaiian vegetation while providing public education and recreation opportunities. Hakalau is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals, including carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders. The forest also features mamane trees that once grew out of reach on the upper slopes of Haleakala volcano but were brought down by erosion after the eruptions ended about 1,500 years ago.
The Hakalau Forest Reserve is an exclusive bird sanctuary and tourist destination set high above the Kona coast. Nestled in the lush rainforest of Hawaii’s Hualalai Mountains, this remarkable reserve offers unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean while exploring one of America’s oldest forests. The preserve was established to protect rare plants and animals found nowhere else on earth, including carnivorous caterpillars, happy-faced spiders, and endangered birds like Amakihi and Akiapolaau. Our expert guides will help you enjoy a fun day outdoors as we explore these wonders of nature.
The Hakalau Forest Reserve is an exclusive and private destination for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and conservationists. Nestled high above the island’s shoreline in Hawaii’s lush rainforest, the forest reserve offers visitors a chance to explore some of the world’s rarest plants and animals while gaining entry into a restricted-access National Wildlife Refuge.
- Discovering rare native plants and animals such as carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders.
- Searching for native & endangered birds including Amakihi, Apapane, Elepaio, Akepa, Akiapolaau, Iiwi.
- Enjoying guided hikes with expert birding guides lead by our knowledgeable staff members passionate about preserving these fragile.
Hakalau Forest Reserve is a secluded, rainforest-covered valley home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals. Nestled high above the island’s shoreline, Hakalau offers visitors an opportunity to explore one of Hawaii’s most untouched treasures. Located just 45 minutes from Kailua-Kona, this special place provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who want to see native flora and fauna up close – including carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders! This tour is perfect for bird watchers or nature lovers looking for something unique on their next vacation.
Hakalau Forest Reserve is the perfect destination for nature lovers and bird watchers. Nestled high above the shoreline of Kona, Hawaii, this dense rainforest is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals. Join us as we focus on the incredible history of Hawaii’s endemic flora and fauna, search for rare birds, or take a walk in one of many beautiful trails. Visit this special forest reserve with us today!