3rd Annual Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds
Celebrate Hawaiian birds at the Ha‘akula Manu: 3rd Annual Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds. Hawai‘i is home to some of the most extraordinary birds on the planet: crimson-colored native honeycreepers with long, curved beaks designed to sip nectar from blossoms, Hawaiian birds who spend most of their lives at sea, mynahs from Asia and red-crested cardinals from South America.
This Year’s Theme: Back from the Brink
The theme of this year’s event is “Back from the Brink: Hawai‘i’s Battle Against Extinction.” Sadly, native Hawaiian forests once filled with the trills and peeps of Hawai‘i’s birds are becoming increasingly silent. The stillness is a reflection of the damage that’s occurring on the planet, including habitat loss and climate changes. Despite their plight, the beauty and sounds of these delicate creatures can still be enjoyed by birders. But only in some of the more remote regions of the island. The event offers rare opportunities for visitors to explore these habitats. Find endangered and threatened native birds with the help of knowledgeable guides. Sign up for an all-day adventure to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, for example, on the “Nature Extravaganza: Birds, Waterfalls & Volcanoes” event Sept. 14.
More about the event
You don’t have to be a bona fide bird nerd or even an outdoor enthusiast to appreciate and learn about the island’s wildlife. You can enjoy many other activities such as the “Opening Reception & Film Festival” Sept. 14 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center. Or, “Breakfast with the Birds,” Sept. 15 at the Sheraton Keauhou. Maybe even contribute to community projects Sept 17. Everyone can learn something about Hawai‘i’s birds and the habitats they live in at this unique festival. The Hawaiian birds’ event supports the Hawai‘i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail and Hawai‘i Wildlife Center. Activities take place at various times and locations from Sept. 14 to 17. Visit birdfesthawaii.com for more information.
Photos courtesy of Bird Fest Hawaii