Upcoming Events

Charity Walk 2017
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Join us for the 49th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 13th 2017 in Lihue.

The Visitor Industry Charity Walk is an annual event sponsored by the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association. Since 1980, they’ve been sponsoring the event to raise money for non-profit organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands!

You have the option to become a walker for the KFBRP yourself or to support a walker by making a donation. Walkers are treated to food and drinks and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult! Find more information here: http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/

Where? Lihue, Historic County Buildung
When? May 13th 2017 at 7am
How much is it?
It’s $35 per person to register to walk ($25 for under 18), cash or check (made out to “Charity Walk”). But there is no upper limit to how much you can raise! Please make sure to let them know that you are walking for us!
This includes breakfast and a t-shirt!

How do I sign up?
You can sign up Online now:

You can also send us a check made out to GIRC&D and send it to KFBRP, PO Box 27 Hanapepe HI 96716!
Email us at kauaiforestbirds@gmail.com and if you have questions and to get the form for signing up!

Past Events

Book Signing at Hanapepe Art Night
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Come down to Art Night in Hanapepe on November 13th and talk story with Kyla Ritchie and Kayleigh Chalkowski, the author and illustrator of our kids book "Who am I? A forest bird guessing game.". They will be at the book store from 5:30 - 8:00pm signing copies of your book.

Arbor Day
Pua Loke Baseyard and Kmart Parking Lot
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Event marks 44 years since first plant sale by DOFAW

LIHU‘E  – The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) welcomes the Kaua‘i community to its annual plant sale in celebration of Hawai‘i’s Arbor Day, on  Saturday November 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pua Loke Nursery, 4396D Pua Loke Road.
Since 1968, local floral enthusiasts and rare plant collectors look forward to the annual event, especially since DOFAW began offering federally listed threatened and endangered plants, native to Hawai‘i and used for the State’s conservation programs.  

“Planting a native plant celebrates the forests that are fundamental to our way of life. Hawaii’s native forests provide the islands’ water supply by absorbing large quantities of moisture from passing clouds and rainfall,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

Banana Poka Festival
Kokee State Park
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

A free forest fair for the whole family! Enjoy exhibits, music, crafts and games at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Koke`e (just up from the Museum and meadow).
Banana Poka is the "poster plant" for the festival with a funny name -- where you can turn this invasive weed into a beautiful basket.
KFBRP will have a table with educational materials, information, and activities.

Become a Guardian of the Garden Isle!
Lihue Civic Center
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Guardian Event!

KISC is hosting a launch event for our new Guardians of the Garden Isle program.

This is event is FREE and open to the public! Whether you have already signed up as a Guardian, or you want to learn more about how to become a Guardian, YOU ARE INVITED!

When: Saturday August 29th 9am – 1pm

Where: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Farm at the top of Kuamoo Rd. Click here for a map.

What: A morning filled with fun and educational activities for all ages! 

  • There will be volunteer opportunities to help remove invasive species, and plant native species
  • An opportunity to take a Guided Nature Trail walk to the nearby Reservoir with a conservation specialist
  • Keiki activities to learn about gardening and native forest birds
  • Opportunities to network and learn about all the conservation work being done on Kauai
  • Lunch provided from 12pm – 1pm
Beers for Birds
Kauai Beer Company
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Drink beer and help the birds.

ALL DAY LONG, Kauai Beer Company will donate $1 per pint to the Kaua'i Forest Bird Recovery Project.

From 4-6 pm, we will present our new Keiki book "Who Am I? A Kauai Forest Bird Guessing game' and the author will be present to sign copies. There will also be games and prizes for Keiki as well as a Bird Trivia.

Come on join us for some weekend fun!


Kauai Conservation Alliance (KCA) meeting
HI Dept of Ag
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come find out what's going on with conservation in Kauai. After the regular meeting, we will discuss ideas for the conference

Fitness for Forest Birds
Poipu Area TBD
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Come work out and support Kauai Forest Bird Conservation at the same time! 
Our friends at PuuWai Fitness are hosting a fundraiser for KFBRP.

Hit & Run Friday is a free workout held once monthly on a Friday (week and time to change monthly). The workout will be held outdoors at a location on the south side. Kids are welcome! Exact location will be announced to those that have signed up for the class 24 hours in advance. ONLINE SIGN UP IS REQUIRED. Each class will have a charity associated with it and all donations collected at the class will be given to that month's charity. Have a charity you love? Suggest it! August class donations will benefit the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. Sign up at: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=252511

Evolution and Conservation of Kaua'i Forest Birds
KCC Campus Center Cafeteria
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lecture by Dr. Lisa "Cali" Crampton of Kaua'i Forest Birds Recovery Project on the evolution, ecology and conservation of Kauai's forest birds.

Cleaning Traps-POSTPONED TIL FEB 10
Hanapepe Office
All Day

Help us get ready for the field season by cleaning our rat traps of old peanut butter and garlic snails. :)  Traps are cleaned with soap and water will be unloaded so completely safe :) 

Confirm your attendance with info@kauaiforestbirds.org

Princess Kaiulani Keiki Fest
Hanapepe, HI
10/18/2014 - 10/17/2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn about Ni'ihau and Kaua'i cultural and environmental heritage and join in fun, games, and a parade!  KFBRP will host an educational table and help coordinate the parade.  For more details, see:


Eo e Emmalani Festival
Koke'e State Park
10/11/2014 - 10/10/2015
10:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free commemorative event honoring Queen Emma's ascent into Kokee in 1871. Day long hula and Hawaiian music, chant and oli. A royal procession on horseback at noon.

Our friends from Ka 'Imi Na 'auao O Hawai'i Nei will be presenting the mele and hula they coreographed last winter to honor the Puaiohi around noon.

Here's the lyrics to the mele: http://www.kaimi.org/archives/2012/puaiohi.htm

Feathered Facts, Fun, and Food
Storybook Theater
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We invite you and your Ohana to join us for an entertaining and informational multimedia evening to benefit the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, with special guests Elizabeth Griffiths, Geoff Young, and Chef Chris Kent from the U.K.’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSBP). This event highlights the importance of partnerships – local, national, and international – in promoting effective conservation and environmental stewardship.

This evening outreach and fundraising event will feature:

  • Delicious pupus crafted by England’s Chef Kent from locally-sourced food donated by local businesses and family, enjoyed in the Sparky’s Peace Garden with native bird call recordings of David Kuhn playing softly in the background. Coffee, tea, and water will also be available.
  • “Give Nature a Home”: A short presentation on British birds and other wildlife and what the RSBP is doing to save them, by RSPB’s Elizabeth Griffiths, of Wales
  • “Kauai’s Forest Birds: Rise, Fall and Recovery of Biodiversity”: A short presentation on Kauai’s forest birds and their conservation, entitled , by Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton, of Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project
  • Slide shows and videos featuring Hawaiian and British birds
  • Educational and fun bird-themed children’s activities including face painting, a bean bag toss, “musical hula hoops” , coloring books, bird origami, and more
  • Educational displays with information on bird ecology and conservation and how everyone can get involved

Suggested donation: $12 for adults, $6 for keiki 5-12 years, and free for keiki < 5 years.

“Tickets” can be acquired in advance by RSVP’ing to info@kauaiforestbirds.org, or at the door of the Storybook Theatre the evening of the event. We will enter all advance tickets in a raffle to win an airplane tour of the island.

The Living Endemic Birds of Hawai`i Art Exhibition
National Tropica Botanical Garden
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

From forest bird to waterfowl found nowhere else on Earth, this exhibition features life-size watercolors that beautifully portray this remarkable wildlife and the native plants that share their habitat.

Esteemed artist Marian Berger’s paintings are reminiscent of the style of John James Audubon. On loan from a private holder, NTBG’s exhibit of these stunning original paintings is the first time this collection has been publicly displayed in its entirety.

Lecture by Matt Keir, "Back from the Brink"
KCC Campus Center Cafeteria
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The third of the NTBG Plants for our Planet lecture series, Matt Keir, Rare Plant Program Manager for the O'ahu Army Natural Resources Program, will discuss his work collecting, propagating, and outplanting some 50 endangered species found on or near Army training sites on O'ahu.

Orchid and Art Festival
Hanapepe, HI
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us to celebrate orchids and art, and the connections between birds and flowers. We will have an informational table in Hanapepe town with a new forest bird game, brochures, coloring books, and tatoos.




114th Christmas Bird Count
All Day
Around the World of Plants Public Lecture Series
Kaua‘i Community College Cafeteria
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Decoding DNA - John R. Clark, NTBG McBryde Senior Research Fellow

Description: DNA - we’ve all heard of it. DNA issues the instructions on how life develops and functions. How can what holds the most fundamental building blocks of all living organisms be used to better understand plant life?  How can decoding be used to save it?

Public lecture series presented by Kaua‘i Community College and the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Hawai'i Conservation Conference
Hawai'i Convention Center
7/16/2013 - 7/18/2013
All Day

2013 marks the 21st annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) allowing us the opportunity to bolster island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Highlights include: thought provoking keynote speakers; innovative panels and forums; a community event, novel lunch & reception, training opportunities, and more. Join us in celebrating the 21st annual HCC!

Nest Box Monitoring
All Day

Once a week we will be heading to Kawaikoi Stream on a day trip to monitor use of our new nest boxes. We will leave from the office at 8 am and return around 5 pm. You will see many of our more common native birds and possibly some of our endangered native birds, and experience the beautiful mesic forest of this region.

Contact Cali (crampton AT hawaii.edu) for more information or to sign up.

Nest Box Retrofit
KFBRP office
All Day

We will be meeting at the office, then heading into Kawaikoi Stream to retrofit nest boxes to accomodate new sensors to monitor animal activity in the boxes.  Nest boxes are one of the toos we use to promote the recovery of the Puaiohi (see the Mangement section of http://kauaiforestbirds.org/about-us/what-we-do/ for more info). 

Please RSVP to Cali if you're interested. 

Nest Box Building
KFBRP office
1/23/2013 - 1/24/2013
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come out and help us build nest boxes to promote the recovery of the Puaiohi (see the Mangement section of http://kauaiforestbirds.org/about-us/what-we-do/ for more info).

 Please contact Barbara ahead of time if you're interested in helping. Snacks and drinks provided!

KRCP Cultural Day
Koke'e State Park
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

We will meet at the CCC Camp in Kōkeʻe for a safety briefing followed by an orientation given by Sabra Kauka about the cultural significance of the native plants along the Berry Flats Trail. Tools and training are provided for the service learning project. Please bring a backpack with lunch, drinking water and raingear. Wear hiking shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirt. All ages welcome!

Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. David Burney
Hanapepe Library
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The monthly lecture series on the “Hawaiian Marine Environment” will continue on October 4th at the Hanapepe Public Library.  The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are held in the meeting room on the first Thursday of the month, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  As a special feature, speaker Dr. David Burney will also conduct a book sale and book signing before the lecture at 5:30 pm and after the lecture.


October’s lecture will feature Dr. David Burney, who will be speaking on “Digging into the Past to Find the Future”.  For over 20 years, Dr. David Burney and his wife Lida Pigott Burney have been uncovering a remarkable fossil record of Kaua`i’s past, and applying it to an innovative restoration program on the Grove Farm lease they call the Makauwahi Cave Reserve.  The unique sinkhole and cave system at Maha`ulepu is widely acknowledged, as a result of their work and that of their collaborators, as the richest fossil and archaeological site in the Hawaiian Islands, and perhaps the entire Pacific region.  As chronicled in the book for general readers, Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua`i: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Dark, their detailed understanding of prehistoric Kaua`i has turned into a futuristic conservation initiative that seeks to apply the lessons of the past to reforestation efforts on the property that have led to the creation of a unique public park that blends studies of the past with native plant restoration, wildlife habitat creation, education programs for students at all levels, a jobs program for unemployed Hawaiians, ecotourism programs for visitor to the island, and very successful experiments in restoration that include using giant tortoises to control invasive weeds.

Vegetation surveys
Alaka'i Wilderness
9/13/2012 - 12/13/2012
All Day

Help us complete our vegetation surveys that will help us link bird distribution to variation in habitat quality across the Alaka'i.  Most often we will be doing day trips, but some overnights are also possible, depending on volunteer and staff schedule.  No prior vegetation experience necessary, just basic physical fitness and a willingness to tolerate any weather the Alaka'i gifts us with!

Mist-Netting and Banding Trip
Hanapepe Office/Kawaikoi Stream
5/7/2012 - 5/8/2012
All Day

Join me for either the day or an overnight trip to Kawaikoi stream for a short banding effort targeted at Akeke'e. Very little is known about the movements of these rare birds, and every one banded will help us learn more about them. Volunteers will help transport gear, set up and monitor mist-nets, and (hopefully!) get some great photo opportunities of the Kawaikoi avifauna. Hiking access along the stream will be rigorous (with rubber boots provided, size availability permitting) and most overnight camping gear and dinner provided. We will meet at our Hanapepe office at 8am on Monday morning and return on Tuesday evening. For day-trippers access to Kawaikoi stream is easiest by personal vehicle to Puuokila parking lot, then hiking in via the Pihea and Alakai Swamp trails. Please write Lucas to express interest, or call our office (808) 335-5078 for more information.

Conservation Awareness Day
Lihue Civic Center
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Want to know what work is being done in Kauai's forests and oceans? Talk to local conservation groups working to protect Kauai's diverse native ecosystems. Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project will join local entities and agencies from across the island in presenting educational displays focusing on their current projects taking place on Kauai. Meet the people who do restoration work on our watersheds, protect our reefs and oceans, help our sea life, remove invasive species from our forests, research and protect our unique native birds, and more.

This event is free and open to the public. Some educational displays will have free give-away items and keiki activities.