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Jack leads birding and photography tours to Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island of Hawaii, where six Hawaiian Honeycreeper species, and several other native bird species, can be seen.  Please contact us for tour availability and prices.

For this trip Jack provides 4X4 transportation, lunch, drinks, snacks, and a few bad jokes. The fee is $195.00 per person, with a TWO PERSON MINIMUM. Additionally, other people may be added to your group for a maximum group size of 4 people for the trip. Since the refuge is almost a 2 hour drive from Hilo or Kona, only full day birding trips are available.

Hakalau Forest is on the eastern slopes of Mauna Kea Volcano and has the best birding for native species on the Big Island   At the refuge, we start our hike in the parking area at 6,500 feet elevation and hike slowly down to about 6,000 feet along a rough gravel road, for about a mile, looking for birds in the rain forest.  We then hike slowly back up to the parking area at the end of the day.   Because of elevation (6,500 ft), weather (often wet and slippery), and hiking conditions (steep slopes), the hike can be strenuous for anyone unfit, or with heart problems or other medical conditions that limit their hiking ability.  Remember, there is a 500 foot elevation rise for the hike back uphill to the parking area.  

Each person needs to have a small backpack to carry lunch, water, extra clothing etc.  Full rain gear is a must, and light clothing to layer- up with is recommended.  Any closed toed hiking/walking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, are the best.   The area gets between 80 and 100 inches of precipitation/rain each year and it will likely rain on us at some point during the day.  Generally, the weather is nice in the morning with rainy/misty afternoons.   Expect temperatures about 40-60 degrees F, depending on the cloud cover.   Binoculars are the only way to see the tiny birds high in the tree canopy. Scopes don’t work well because the birds are constantly moving.  If you are staying in the Hilo area, Jack can pick you up at nearby hotels, hostels or B&B’s.  If you are staying in the Kona area, Jack can meet you on the Saddle Road.  

No deposit is needed to book a trip. We’ll collect funds on the day of the trip.   For payment... sorry, we don’t take credit cards…. but do take checks,  cash,   gold watches,  arm and a leg,  first born child…….

If you have any questions or would like to book a trip, please contact Jack at jjphoto@hawaii.rr.com.


 

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