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Greg Miller Big Year Series

HAWAII: Birding the Island Endemics



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2019 :: October 6 - October 16



From: $4,950 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Honolulu, HI (HNL)


5 - 10 Participants


7 spaces available


This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of HAWAII: Birding the Island Endemics

  • Beautiful forests and beaches
  • Many endemic species
  • Pelagic day trip for seabirds

Description of HAWAII: Birding the Island Endemics

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

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!



Length of Tour



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 – 10 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 11 Return Home

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

Cost Details


Cost is $4,950 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Honolulu, HI (Airport code HNL).
This trip ends in Honolulu, HI (Airport code HNL).

Single Supplement

If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $900 will be assessed.

Deposit Requirements

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.


This trip includes standard hotels.

Activity Level

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

Many of the trails will be muddy and slippery. Hawaii is a mountainous state and some of the trails will be difficult.

Additional Information

Hawaii-New Zealand field guide


Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific
by Ber van Perlo

Non-smoking Tour

Smoking is not permitted at any time during our tour.

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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