Iiwi Observed at Lower Elevations: MFBRP Responds

Iiwi, the magnificent scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper with the stunning down-curved bill usually found at high elevations (like the almost 7,000 ft Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park) has recently been spotted at lower elevations in several upcountry residential neighborhoods. These birds can be susceptible to avian malaria, which usually keeps …

Explore Maui Nature: The Humpback Whale

The “winter” months in Hawaii are a wonderful time to travel for warmer weather but there’s another reason to visit during this time; the Humpback Whales have arrived by the thousands! Of the estimated 21,000 whales on the planet, researchers believe over 10,000 find their way to Hawaii each year …

Maui Wind Farms Threaten Bats and Birds

Nene

In February of 2017, the Maui News released a story on how Maui’s Wind Farms are seeking an increase in their permitted number of Hoary Bat and Nene fatalities. At the time of the story’s release Kaheawa Wind Power II had already exceeded their bat “takes” and Hawaii’s five major …

When the Wiliwili Tree Blooms, the Shark Bites

October 2017 – The Hawaiian people have always had a connection to the land and sea and one piece of their knowledge is “when the Wiliwili tree blooms, the shark bites.” -Travelling along the back side of Maui yesterday, we saw the beautiful blooms on the tree and wondered how …

Inner-City Youth Explore Maui Nature

The Maui News posted a wonderful article on how The Nature Conservancy is hosting eight inner-city youths from Los Angeles on Maui and the Big Island.  These high school students get to spend the summer working in nature! The program, now in its second year, is called LEAF – Leaders …

Hawaiian Petrel Breeding: 70% Success Rate

Maui Birding

At the beginning of July, many Hawaiian Petrel parents experienced breeding success as chicks finally emerged from their eggs and peered out into the world of Haleakala National Park. Living in burrows at the base of rock outcroppings, where erosional debris provides the perfect spot for their parents to create their …

Hiking in Maui: Some Places and Things to Consider

Hiking Maui

If you’re planning on hiking in Maui there are some great places to explore! We’re sure you’ve done some research and are excited to finally hit the trails. Before you head out, consider the following: If you’re planning on hiking in the East Maui area, check weather reports before you leave. If …

Road to Hana: Red Sand Beach- a Must See!

When people travel the road to Hana they often miss Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach). Although it may be listed in guide books, it can be a bit tricky to get to. We’re here to tell you, it’s one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui and you should definitely …

The Hawaiian Crow (Alala) Release: What Went Wrong and What’s to Come?

Sunday, March 19 2017 – Ivy Ashe from the Hawaii Tribune-Herald posted an amazing article today about the Hawaiian Crow (Alala). This past Thursday, Mokupapapa Discovery Center hosted a community talk revolving around the Alala release efforts; the reasons behind the fatality of three of the five released crows and …

Explore Maui History: The 1946 Tsunami

Keanae church

When you travel the Road to Hana, you can explore Maui History by veering off the highway before milepost 17. Down the hill you go to the Keanae Peninsula, where taro fields still abound and Aunty Sandy’s banana bread stand draws people from around the world. Friendly Hawaiians wave from …