The ‘Io, a Hawaiian hawk, flaunting its wingspan
BY Sonja Keala - There is more than one way to spend a day here in the Islands. If you want to mix up your beach lounging and salt-water soaking with something both cultural and educational, an endangered bird tour may be a perfect way to immerse yourself in the Islands and come out with a new perspective on the land and the different environments it supports.
History of Birds in Hawaii
According to the American Bird Conservancy, 71 bird species have become extinct in Hawaii. Of those, 48 were prior to the arrival of Europeans, and 23 were since Captain James Cook arrived in the Islands in 1778. Currently, the state of Hawaii has 33 endangered bird species, 10 of which have not been seen in 40+ years.
Hawaii Endangered Bird Tours
Below are tour options for both Kauai as well as the Big Island. If any of these options look appealing, please don’t hesitate to contact me for assistance with booking and for any other questions.