Kīlauea Pointer
October 2019 Newsletter
Aloha Friends of KPNHA –

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Cindy George, our new Nature Store Manager! Cindy has rejoined the KPNHA ‘ohana, after having served as a Sales Associate with us several years ago. She returned to share her retail and management experience with our team and help guide our Nature Store on to continued success and service to Kīlaluea Point National Wildlife Refuge. E komo mai Cindy!
Last month, the Visitor Center and Nature Store at Kīlauea Point NWR got a minor facelift, as we installed a new sign over the front entrance. Hopefully this will encourage even more visitors to the Refuge to step in, talk story with our team members and purchase an educational item or memento of their visit to this magical spot and help support the great work of the Refuge. Mahalo nui loa to KPNHA Board Member, Conrad Schmidt, for the installation!

We would like to thank each of the volunteers and partner agencies for supporting our Family Fishing Fun Day event on Saturday, October 5th. We are pleased to share that we served 17 keiki and, as they learned about pono fishing and the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, they helped fish 104 invasive tilapias out of the Hanalei River system! We were delighted that so many of the participants were able to experience the thrill of catching a fish, most for the first time. We also want to thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for supporting our two pilot fishing events through a grant. Stay tuned for information about future fishing events and visit us online to view more great photos of the day!

Several members of the KPNHA team recently had the opportunity to support the FWS Bio team, staff and volunteers as they work to systematically survey the Hanalei Refuge to detect and remove sick and deceased birds afflicted with avian botulism. I invite you to read more about this important work in the article below.

Mahalo nui loa for your support and advocacy for our mission and the work of the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Contact us any time at 828-0384 or to learn how to help.

With aloha,
Thomas Daubert
Executive Director

10/15 to 10/19/19 – National Wildlife Refuge Week
10/19/19 – Fee Free Day at Kīlauea Point NWR for National Wildlife Refuge Week
11/23/19 – Save the Date for the KPNHA Annual Meeting

A “bird’s eye” view of the avian botulism outbreak at Hanalei NWR

by Thomas Daubert

Since early July, Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge has been experiencing an outbreak of avian botulism, a deadly toxin produced by bacteria commonly found in the soil in Hawaiʻi, which can have a devastating impact upon our threatened and endangered bird populations. Typical signs of intoxication include weakness, lethargy and the inability to hold up the head or to fly, which can lead to drowning. To date, 75 native birds have died on the Refuge due to botulism, nearly 68% of which have been endangered Hawaiian ducks “koloa”. 

To help combat this challenge, FWS staff, volunteers and interns regularly survey Hanalei Refuge to look for sick or deceased birds. By monitoring the locations of “hot spots”, analyzing conditions that tend to favor an outbreak and working to quickly remove deceased birds from the environment, the team has an opportunity to help break the cycle of these outbreaks and save more birds from this terrible illness. 

Recently, I had the honor of participating in the surveys to support the FWS Bio team’s work to help end this latest outbreak. While I conducted my survey, I walked around wetlands artfully created and managed by the FWS team, each offering unique conditions including varying levels of water, mudflats and diverse vegetation to support the evolving life cycles of numerous species as they nest, feed and thrive on the Refuge. I also witnessed the delicate balance that exists on the Refuge between taro farmers and the FWS team as they work together to use these loʻi to provide a space for farmers to grow taro and support their families, while also maintaining critical habitats for threatened and endangered wetland birds.

As I made my way through the portion of the Refuge I was assigned to and conducted my survey work, I had the pleasure of experiencing the majesty of this setting on a very personal level. I saw Hawaiian ducks “koloa” flush and fly across the wetlands, heard the chatter of Hawaiian stilts “aeʻo” as they monitored my approach, watched Hawaiian geese “nēnē” survey their realm from humps of dirt across the Refuge and experienced their grumpiness as I attempted to traverse a land dyke between patches of taro that several nēnē occupied, and watched Hawaiian coots “ʻalae keʻokeʻo” and Hawaiian gallinule “ʻalae ʻula” swim around taro shoots and feed peacefully as the breeze blew through the valley and waterfalls graced the horizon.

I am pleased to report that I located no sick or deceased birds from the portion of the Refuge I surveyed. However, upon checking in at the office, I saw the remains of a koloa that were turned in by another volunteer. This bird showed signs of death due to a nonnative Barn Owl or feral cat kill and served up a constant reminder of the advocacy and work needing to be done in other key areas as well, to support the precious threatened and endangered wetland birds who depend upon the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge for their survival. 

Mahalo nui loa for your continued partnership and aloha. If you’d like to volunteer to assist with ongoing botulism survey work, or are interested in assisting in other key areas, please contact FWS Park Ranger Lori Walker by email or phone 808-828-1413 ext. 2229, or visit FWS online. Or, we invite you make a tax-deductible gift online to support KPNHA as we continue to partner in key areas to support the conservation and preservation work of the entire Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex. 

Friends Workshop in Homer, Alaska

In September, several members of the KPNHA ‘ohana had the honor of participating in a workshop for friends and staff members of National Wildlife Refuges from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific region, Alaska and the Oregon coast. Over 60 participants gathered at the Alaska Maritime NWR visitor center in Homer Alaska, for four days of intensive networking and training.

The experience helped build and develop relationships across this network, and provided the opportunity to share best practices, discuss approaches to shared challenges and generate action plans for each Refuge team to bring back to their group. This is just one example of the support provided by the US Fish and Wildlife System for Friends groups as we work to bring the love, passion and support of our community members and philanthropic friends to our local refuges.

National Wildlife Refuge Week – October 15-19

The Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex has joined up with a number of partner agencies, volunteers and friends in the community to present a full week of family-friendly, fun and educational events and experiences to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week from October 15th to 19th. 

This annual event is celebrated nation-wide to help encourage members of the public to visit and support their local wildlife refuge and celebrate the connection between each of us and the natural world. We hope you’ll join us!

The week’s events include several exclusive limited-space experiences (which are fully booked at this time), as well as numerous family-friendly experiences at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and the Princeville Library. Experience a tour of the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse on Wednesday and Saturday, and a block print demonstration by Caren Loebel-Fried and book signing by Hob Osterlund and Susan Dierker on Thursday. Join us for a fee-free day at Kīlauea Point on Saturday, October 19 to enjoy a hula performance, book signing and keiki storytime by author and illustrator Dr. Terry and Joanna Carolan, an information both by Kauaʻi Invasive Species Council & Rapid ʻŌhia Death, walk across a 35-foot Nat-Geo map of the Pacific Basin and enjoy geology presentations by Chuck Blay and Rob Siemers, and more!

We’ll also present a Hawaiian hoary bat presentation at the Princeville Library on Wednesday and a Junior Refuge Ranger reading program on Friday. That evening bring the entire ‘ohana to Pau Hana at Anaina Hou Community Park, featuring free live music by Candice and Co, food by Hanalei Taro Co., Carabellas Pizza, & B’s Donuts, a wildlife photography slideshow (5-6pm) and information booths by conservation partner agencies.

More information and a full schedule of events can be found on our website.

Product Spotlight

Shop the Nature Store at Kīlauea Point NWR and help support our Refuge! Proceeds from product sales help fund environmental education, habitat maintenance, capital projects and more.

Blue Goose Passport Book
In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, running October 15-19, pick up the Blue Goose Passport Book designed to record your visits to national wildlife refuges across the country. All Refuges open to the public are in the Passport, as are National Fish Hatcheries. Get yours today for just $7.99 each.

National Wildlife Refuge Patch and Pin
We also offer the official Kīlauea Point Collector's Patch and Pin, representing the lighthouse and the diverse groups of seabirds that call Kīlauea Point home. The patch and pin are sold separately for $6.99 each.

The Nature Store and Visitor Center is open, along with Kīlauea Point NWR, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Purchase a kamaʻāina pass for your ‘ohana and visit us soon!

World Oceans Day

Keeping the momentum going!
Help Malama Our Beaches:
Every third Sunday of the month, join members of the community and help malama Kāhili Beach. The team meets on the Wailapa side at 8am. Please bring gloves. 

Ocean Friendly Dining:
Are you frustrated with the amount of single use plastics produced by the restaurant industry? You can help by purchasing a portable utensil set and saying “no thank you” when offered plastic utensils and straws at a restaurant. Not only will this help reduce single-use plastics, by purchasing these items through the KPNHA Amazon Smile Program a portion of all sales will also be shared with KPNHA to support our mission. Learn more about shopping through the Amazon Smile Program below.

Shop and Support!

Kīlauea Point Natural History Association has joined the Amazon Smile program and will benefit from every order that is placed through this Amazon link (also available and on our website). Simply start your search by clicking on this link or on the image below and you will be taken to the full Amazon web page. Anything you buy after this initial search will be credited to our organization and will help us support the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

We can earn up to 6 percent of your total purchase every time you initiate your shopping with Amazon on this site. Please bookmark this link and use it every time you shop at Amazon. Holiday shopping can help generate much-needed support for our work. Mahalo nui loa!

Wildlife Spotlight: Translocations on the Refuge

by Kathleen Viernes, Education Coordinator

Location! Location! Location! Who hasn’t heard that real estate mantra? Well, if you’re a Newell’s shearwater or a Hawaiian petrel on Kauaʻi, your mantra might sound more like: Translocation! Translocation! Translocation! For these seabirds, prime real estate isn’t about luxury, it’s a matter of survival. So much so that an amazing collaborative effort is underway at Kīlauea Point NWR with the intent to help these two federally listed, endemic Hawaiian species dodge the extinction bullet. 

The plans to create new nesting colonies for Newell’s shearwaters and Hawaiian petrels moved from planning to reality in 2014 when the construction of a predator-proof fence was begun. This ambitious wildlife restoration project was modeled on a plan hatched by conservationists in New Zealand where threats to their unique wildlife are as formidable as they are here in Hawaiʻi. 

A predator-proof fence over 2000 feet long has been installed at Kīlauea Point NWR, encompassing a little over 6 acres of land, and is constructed along the natural contours of an area of the refuge known as Nihokū. Building any kind of a fence on rugged coastal terrain is a serious accomplishment in and of itself, but to construct one to keep out mammalian predators as small as a nine-day old mouse? Now that’s taking predator control to a whole other level...a level that’s necessary when you’re working to save species on the brink. By Spring of 2015, not only had the fence been completed, but all mammalian predators had been removed and native plant restoration inside the fence area was underway. 

With a protective fence in place and native plants taking root, it was time for the next big step. In October of 2015, the first precious cargo of ten Hawaiian petrel chicks were moved from their mountain burrows to their temporary home on the refuge, just a couple of weeks before they were due to “fledge,” or leave the nest. 

During those weeks between their relocation to Nihokū and their time to take off out to sea, chicks were fed and monitored by wildlife experts to help ensure that they left in the best possible health, and they did. With the 2015 petrel move such a great success, Newell’s shearwaters were added to this “land ark” manifesto the following year. 

From 2015 to 2018, a combined total of 115 Newell’s and Hawaiian petrel chicks have successfully fledged from Nihokū. This year, another 20 of each species should take off again. For these chicks, the journey out to sea is a cinch compared to their relatives up in the mountains. No cats or rats at their door, no goats or pigs trampling their home, no powerlines to hit, no man-made lights to disorient…just a short shot to the sea. Plus, they get the best of care from experts during their stay on Nihokū.

Biologists are banking on the translocated chicks making their way back to the refuge when it is time to use their impressive navigational skills to return and nest, which include reading celestial cues, finding landmarks and more. The views from their artificial burrows on Nihokū are the only visual cues the translocated chicks have for “home” because they were moved away from their hatch sites before they’d even peeked out their mountain burrows. 

It will take three to six years for the recovery team to find out if these translocated chicks return to Nihokū. Why? Because it’s a minimum of three years (often longer) before those little webbed feet touch land again, once they take off on their maiden voyage out to sea. They aren’t called seabirds for nothing!  CONTINUE READING ONLINE

Please support KPNHA
and the work of the Refuge Complex

Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) serves as one of two nonprofit Friends Groups which support the environmental and wildlife conservation, preservation and community education programs of the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex. As a Friends Group, we help to fill in the funding, staffing, outreach and educational gaps in the programs administered by the FWS team. 

Here is an example of some of the projects KPNHA helped fund over the past year, thanks to your support:
  • FWS Volunteer Program training and hospitality
  • Replacement binoculars for visitors to Kīlauea Point Refuge
  • Bus transportation for keiki school groups to visit Kīlauea Point Refuge and participate in a field trip
  • Purchase native plants for habitat rehabilitation
  • Refurbish the SeeCoast scopes at Kīlauea Point Refuge, providing visitors with once-in-a-lifetime views of sea birds, whales and more
  • Purchase supplies for keiki environmental education programs
  • Purchase tables for the native plant nursery at Kīlauea Point Refuge
  • Provide annual support to the Save Our Shearwater program, for the care and rehabilitation of sick and injured native sea birds transferred from the Refuge
  • Support annual events including Lighthouse Day and National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • And more…
We depend on the generosity of our friends, members, community members and visitors to allow us to support these and more critically-important projects across the Kauaʻi National Refuge Complex. Please make a tax-deductible gift, join as a member or renew your membership today! 

If you’d like to discuss other ways you or your organization can support our work and the mission of the Refuge, please visit us in the Visitor Center and Nature Store at Kīlauea Point NWR or contact us at 828-0384 or Mahalo nui loa in advance!

FWS Environment Education – by the numbers!

The Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex provides many education and enrichment programs throughout the year for young people of all ages. These include a variety of engaging programs on and off the refuge.
KPNHA is pleased to support this work by underwriting the cost of supplies, funding an education coordinator position and by providing free bussing for field trips to our refuges. Here is a summary of our collective impact, by the numbers, for FYE19:
  • Formal on-site environmental education programs: 1,676 served
  • Off-site environmental education programs: 3,430 served
  • Junior Ranger activities: 1,410 served
  • Fun Facts for younger keiki: 1,220 served
  • Free bussing: over 1,100 served
If you wish to support this important work, as we educate and inspire the next generation of conservationists, please make a tax-deductible gift to KPNHA today.

U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast

Are you a lighthouse lover? Check out the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast online to enjoy hearing from representatives of lighthouses around the country as they talk story about the origins of navigation, the history of these remarkable structures and the history of their use.

Volunteer with the Refuge

Do you have some free time? Please consider joining us as a valued volunteer! The Refuge Complex is looking for a few passionate friends interested in helping to protect our delicate ecosystem, assist others in learning what they can do to protect the environment and share information about the amazing birds that call our three national wildlife refuges on Kauaʻi home. 

There are numerous roles to consider; here are just a couple:
  • If you like being outdoors and don't mind getting a little dirty, we always have a need for those wanting to join the fight against invasive plants.
  • If you love to interact with people from all over the world and want to share with them all about protecting the environment, the history of Kīlauea Point and the plants and birds that call our refuges home, we have a role for you.
For more information about ways to assist, please visit FWS online or contact:
   Lori Walker, Park Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator
   808-828-1413 ext. 229,

Mahalo nui loa to our Members and Donors!

Lifetime Members
Edwin & Jean Aiken
Louise Barnfield
Raina Bautista
Robert Broshears & Ruth Romero
Trudy Comba
Jim & Jeanette Efird
Patricia Ewing
Benjy Garfinkle
Jane Hoffman 
Kenneth & Michele Hood
Thomas D. King, Jr.
Mike and Sheree Latif
Jeff & Alice Monaghan 
Marilyn & Sean Moody
   (in memory of)
Hannah Moriarty 
Linda Moriarty
John Ochoco
Judy Rapozo
Julie Schuller
Gary & Bebe Smith
Ken & Barbara Smith
Jesse Thompson & Alice Glasser
Robert & Joyce Waid
Heuionalani Wyeth
Active Members
October 2018 through September 2019
Derrick Adams
Tana Ball
Kristie & Roy Barden
Sue Boynton
Stephenie Brown
Judy Burner
Joanna & Dr. Terry Carolan
Darryl Chinen
Thomas Daubert & Hal Selover
George Dempsey
Donna Dertz
Susan Dierker
Susan Doi
Pamela & John Elwell
Dillon Emerson
Donn & Nancy Forbes
Roger & Debbie Fouts
Margery Freeman
Neil Fried & Caren Loebel-Fried
Benjamin & Deborah Gilliken
Debra & David Gochros
Merrie Carol Grain
Active Members - continued
Jack & Sharon Gushiken
Joe & Wendy Hagewood
Clifford & Gay Hall
Eugene Hanner
Floyd & Rose Hansen
Lorraine Haskin
Paula Holland
Lawrence Hornbeck
Michael Iven & Roberta Bloom
Joy Koors
Jerry Leinecke
Len & Shar Ludwig
Carolyn Lum
Richard May
Jim & Barbara McCool
Mike and Sharyn McCoy
Dan McCready
Marion & Robert McHenry
Dan Mirus
Xavier Mokhberi
Charis Moore & Jim Wyman
Chris & Maria Nightingale
Kimberley Pa & Chad Pacheco
Gary & Haunani Pacheco
Bernard & Gaynell Patty
Frederick Pininski, Jr.
Bill & Mary Reals
Linda Rockwell
Carl & Kathleen Savini
Conrad & Karen Schmidt
Paul Sjoberg
Kathleen Sowell
Margie Spraggins
Lynette Stindt
Steven & Lisa Squire
Lynette Stindt
Carla Suffern
David & Karen Swearingen
Terry Tai
Carol Tanner
Teressa Ulin
Kimberly Uyehara
Danny & Kathleen Viernes
Kelly Wachowicz
Lori Walker & Scott Giarman
Kalani & Denise Walther
Amelia Ward
Susan Watson
Clarence & Janice Wurdock
Dan Zimmerman
Donors – October 2018 through September 2019
Albatross - $10,000 to $24,999:
Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Red-footed Booby - $2,500 to $4,999:
Patrick Ching
Lighthouse Maintenance Donations
Sahsen Fund
True Blue, Inc.
Tropicbird - $1,000 to $2,499:
Dan Evans
Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
Hunt Companies
KPNHA Donation Box
Shearwater - $500 to $999:
Celestine Armenta & Chip Sharpe
Erik de Bruijn
Thomas D. King Jr.
Hannah Moriarty
ProService Hawaii
Hawaiian Stilt - $100 to $499:
Anonymous (3)
Kathy Anderson
Chris Azar
Roberta Bloom
Darryl Chinen
Trudy Comba
Thomas Daubert & Hal Selover
George Dempsey
Laurie & Drew Duncan
Camille Erickson
Holley Charitable Family Fund
Benjamin & Deborah Gilliken
Scott & Cheryle Kelley
Thomas D. King Jr.
Jerry Leinecke
Len & Shar Ludwig
Linda Rockwell
Hawaiian Stilt - continued
Frederick Ross
Robert & Jane Scofield
Gary & Bebe Smith
Margie Spraggins
Todd Stine (in Memory of
   Bradford Scott)
Laura & Ron Wiley
Clarence & Janice Wurdock

Koloa Duck $1 to $99:
Anonymous (2)
Judy Burner
Joanna & Dr. Terry Carolan
Donn & Nancy Forbes
Margery Freeman
Mary Jo Freshley
Debra & David Gochros
Jack & Sharon Gushiken
Joe & Wendy Hagewood
Lorraine Haskin
Chloe Johnson & Susan Wise
Kauai Govt. Employees FCU
Jerry Leinecke
Elisabeth Lewis
Neil Fried & Caren Loebel-Fried
Len & Shar Ludwig
Richard May
Na Meakanu O Laka O Hawaii
Chris & Maria Nightingale
Linda Rockwell
Mary Sheridan
Lynette Stindt
David & Karen Swearingen
Carol Tanner 
Jean Thronton
Teressa Ulin
Kimberly Uyehara
Danny & Kathleen Viernes
Heuionalani Wyeth
Dan Zimmerman
Wildlife Photo Credit: Dan Zimmerman
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