Explore & Restore Wildlife for Waterbirds

by Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)

Help restore the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Wildlife Sanctuary to its natural state for native Hawaiian shorebirds, waterfowl, fish and flora.

Stretching over 1,000 acres, Kawainui-Hamakua Complex is the largest wetland in Hawai’i, home to many native Hawaiian waterbirds, migratory shorebirds and waterfowl, and native fish species.

The sanctuary also holds many Hawaiian cultural sites such as Ulupō Heiau and Nā Pōhaku O Hauwahine, that are Wahi Pana or important sacred places, that are being restored.

Volunteer days occur on first Saturday’s of the month rotating at different sites in the Kawainui-Hamākua Complex. The Kawainui Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and is closed to the public, on volunteer days DOFAW invites the public to help mālama ʻāina the wetland from 9a to 12p. (an alternate site is: Hamakua Marsh very close by also in Kailua).


  • Explore a protected wildlife sanctuary.
  • Restore native habitat for endangered waterbirds.
  • Learn about wetlands and native Hawaiian wildlife.
  • Birdwatching and light hiking.
  • Get in touch with Hawaii’s own species and preserve them for the generations to come

1 review

  1. It opened my eyes!

    Unbelievable how polluted a paradise can be! I have never seen so much trash in a such important ecosystem before!
    Therefore, I really appreciate what you guys are doing! Thank you so much for preserving these wonderful places and for opening my eyes how badly we humans treat our nature!
    It was a pleasure being with you and doing something good!
    Thank you so much for this great activity and all your work!

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