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Greg Miller Big Year Series: HAWAII ENDEMICS

img_8888-edit Best known for Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii hosts a large variety of endemic birds. On this fun, exploratory adventure we will visit four main Islands: Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.

Hawaii’s degree of endemism in birds is best witnessed through the colorful Hawaiian Honeycreepers—the brilliant jewels of the native forests. Some 20 of these species of honeycreepers still remain—most are highly endangered.

Each island is home to a unique group of honeycreepers as well as other native forest bird species, and we will focus on these throughout the Islands.

Smoking volcanos, thundering waterfalls, lush forests, deep canyons and the beautiful Pacific Ocean round out an incredible trip!

  • Tour Cost
  • Tour Length

    13-days/12-nights

     

    Cost

    $5500 per person from Honolulu, HI

     

    Prices are per person, double occupancy. If a single room is desired or a roommate is not available, a single supplement fee of $750 will be added.

     

    Tour cost includes

    All accommodations, all meals, all entrance fees, all guide fees, all permits and local/inter-island flights.

     

    Tour costs not included

    Flights to/from mainland to Hawaii, airport and luggage fees to/from or in Hawaii, laundry, phone calls or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • ITINERARY

     

    Days 1 - 2 Honolulu / Oahu
    Arrival in Honolulu, on Oahu. Some of the important avian attractions here are the Oahu Amakihi, Oahu Elepaio, White Tern, and Bristle-thighed Curlew.

    We will scope offshore for seabirds including Sooty and Grey-backed Tern and Christmas Shearwater, which nest on offshore islets.

     

    Days 3 - 6 Kauai
    Kauai reveals some of the most memorable scenery for observing seabirds: Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Wedge-tailed shearwater and possibly Laysan Albatross. The Hawaiian Goose (Nene) and the endangered Koloa (Hawaiian Duck) are also found here.

    Beautiful white-sand beaches of the North Shore, lush waterfall-laced mountains and Waimea Canyon all harbor rare endemic birds that we’ll seek including I`iwi, Akeke`e, Apapane, Kauai Elepaio, Anianiau and Kauai Amakihi.

    A pelagic trip will afford possibilities for endangered Newell’s Shearwater, Mottled Petrel, and some exciting trans-Pacific migrants. Several whale species inhabit these deep waters including migratory Humpback Whales as they arrive from Alaska. We may also find Spinner, Bottlenose, and Rough- toothed Dolphins.

    Days 7 - 8 Maui
    Today we fly to our next island, Maui, for two nights. We will spend most of our time on the extinct volcano Haleakala, meaning “House of the Sun.” Here we will enjoy a most spectacular sunset, then listen for, and possibly see, the Hawaiian Petrel, an endangered species, as they arrive at their nest colony near the summit.

    In the Nature Conservancy Waikamoi Preserve we seek Akohekohe (Crested Honeycreeper) and Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill), and Alauahio (Maui Creeper).

     

    Days 9 - 12 The Big Island
    Today we fly to the Island of Hawaii, the Big Island. Here we’ll venture out to Mauna Kea and the splendid Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge. Our targets here are the Io (Hawaiian Hawk), Omao (Hawaiian Thrush), Akiapola`au, Hawaii Creeper, Hawaii Amakihi and the Akepa.

    Puu La`au is a drier forest where we will look for Palila, the last remaining finch-billed honeycreeper and a variety of endemic Hawaiian birds such as several honeycreepers and Hawaiian Elepaio.

    One day we will explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to enjoy the natural wonders of the park, including the scenic Crater Rim Drive birding through desert and lush tropical rainforest.

     

    Days 13 Return Home
    We catch a flight back to Oahu where we connect with our evening flights back to the mainland USA.

  • Accommodations
  • All hotels are standard quality, clean and comfortable.