Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, Hanalei

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The Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It is located within the Hanalei River Valley along the island's northern shore. The Refuge was established on 30 November 1972 for the conservation of endangered plants and animals, especially the Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian gallinule and Hawaiian duck.GeographyThe Refuge is a relatively flat river valley ranging from 20to above sea level and is surrounded by steep wooded hillsides up to 1000ft high. The average annual temperature is approximately 73°F, and annual rainfall usually exceeds 75in. At the southeastern end of the Refuge, water from the Hanalei River is diverted into an east and west supply ditch. It then flows northwest and irrigates approximately 186acre of taro and 84acre of wildlife impoundments before returning to the river. The Refuge encompasses a total area of approximately 917acre.WildlifeThe Refuge hosts four endangered waterbirds, the āeo, alae kea, alae ula, koloa maoli, and nēnē, as well as 18 other introduced bird species.
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  • This place was beautiful. We took multiple pictures and enjoyed watching the birds. The giftshop was great also!  more »
  • This is a lovely lookout on the main road. Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of birds, only chickens.  more »
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  • Beautiful refuge! The best place in the world to find pure Hawaiian Ducks. Lots of Hawaiian Coots and Hawaiian Black Necked Stilts as well. Please do not get out and walk around as it will frighten these highly endangered species.
  • Great hike! There are 3 parts to this hike. 1st about a mile straight uphill to the telephone poles. Second much easier across the ridge to a higher viewpoint and breathtaking scense of the bay below. The third is the hardest part as you have to climb up with ropes to reach the top. The first two parts are worth the trip!

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