Hōkūala is home to five endangered water bird species:
- Nēnē, Hawaiian Goose (Hawaiʻi’s state bird!) — SPOT THEM by their black face and crown and cream-colored cheeks, think Canadian Goose’s cousin. Shown here!
- ‘Alaeke’oke’o, Hawaiian Coot — SPOT THEM by their white bill and bulbous frontal shield.
- Alae’ula, Common Moorhen — SPOT THEM by their prominent red shield over their red and yellow bill. Their feet are actually lobed rather than webbed!
- Koloa, Hawaiian Duck — SPOT THEM by their green to blue secondary wing feathers with a white border.
- A’eo, Hawaiian Stilt — SPOT THEM by their long, thin black bill and long, delicate pink legs.
Nēnē Geese specifically are considered a symbolic joining force between the mountains and the coast because of their seasonal movements. Hōkūala is the perfect environment for these endangered birds, with both mountains and coastline, water and food sources, ample nesting areas, and minimal predatory threats. In addition to the endangered birds on the property, the tour includes numerous seabirds, shore birds & non-native birds that make Hōkūala home throughout the year. The tour offers a unique close-up view of our avian neighbors in their natural habitat.