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Waikamoi

A Birdwatcher's Paradise

The Conservancy’s 9,000-acre Waikamoi Preserve is the state's largest private nature preserve and an ideal place to view Hawaii's native forest birds.  

Waikamoi is part of the East Maui Watershed, a 100,000-acre native forest that is home to the largest concentration of endangered forest birds in the U.S. 

A 1,500-foot boardwalk winds through a portion of the preserve, allowing visitors to have an authentic bird-watching experience with minimal impact to the native forest. 

At Waikamoi. you can see all six of the native forest birds found in East Maui.

‘Apapane, a common native forest bird found at Waikamoi, feed on the nectar of the ‘ōhi‘a lehua blossoms.

A juvenile ‘i’iwi, a native honeycreeper, feeds on the nectar of the blue ‘ōpelu at Waikamoi.

The ‘alauahio, or Maui creeper, was once found on Lāna‘i and West Maui. Waikamoi is now one of the few places it is still seen. 

Waikamoi is home to the kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, a bird so rare its total population is estimated at only 500 individuals.

The yellow-green 'amakihi, another common Hawaiian forest bird, feeds from the tubular flowers of the koli'i, a native lobelia.

Waikamoi Preserve is a safe haven for the critically endangered ‘ākohekohe, a bird found only in East Maui. 

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