Less then a 1000 years ago the island of Oahu had at least 25 species of native forest birds. By the time Captain Cook arrived at Hawaii in 1778, only 12 were left. Today only six species remain on Oahu, four of these are highly endangered or extinct.

The Oahu Creeper has not been seen since 1985, the Oahu Iiwi has a total population of less then 10 birds, the Oahu Short-Eared Owl is considered highly endangered, and the Oahu Elepaio's population is 1,200 birds and is declining. This only leaves two of the original 25 native forest bird species on Oahu with viable populations. They are the Oahu Apapane and the endemic Oahu Amakihi.

We invite you to journey with us, through this website, into the mountain cloud forest above Honolulu to visit one of the last sanctuaries of these two native Oahu bird species. Here, in rain drenched forests with spectacular windswept ridges and cloud covered valleys, we will show you the environment where these unique birds still cling to a precarious existence.

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Ohia Lehua
Threats to Birds
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Learn about the Apapane and Amakihi's life history; the introduced predators that hunt them; the alien bird species that compete with them for food, space and nesting locations; wild pigs that destroy their fragile ecosystem; and diseases that cause them terrible suffering.

We will explain why these two species are surviving while most of their kindred species have already departed our forests.


Oahu Nature Tours
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