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With landscapes shaped by a volcanic past, Hawaii offers birders the chance to see some of the rarest species on Earth in stunningly beautiful surroundings. Among those species are endemics such as Hawaiian Goose (Nene), Hawaiian Hawk, Hawaiian Coot, and the group known as the Hawaiian honeycreepers.
While many of the honeycreeper species are extremely endangered and difficult to find, several such as Apapane, Hawaii Amakihi, Anianiau, and Iiwi, can be located in various parks and preserves. In addition, the state offers several seacoast sites from which to scope for albatrosses, tropicbirds, and boobies.
A comprehensive birding trip to Hawaii would include travel to four main islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the “big island” of Hawaii. Your itinerary should include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park, and Waimea Canyon. Most travelers first arrive in the capital city of Honolulu, on Oahu, where the tourism infrastructure makes island hopping relatively easy.
Gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests, and rugged volcanic terrain provide backdrops for enjoying Hawaii’s wildlife and unique culture.