Hawaii Island Birding Festival - Sept. 24, 25, 2016

First Hawaii Island Festival of Birds Takes Flight

If you missed last weekend’s Festival of Birds Sept 24-25, 2016, you missed an exciting opportunity to share the fun of birding with family and friends from all over the US and Canada.

The Festival welcomed over 400 people to the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay  on Saturday where they enjoyed list of binary options speakers, artists, photographers, and family-friendly activities all day long. The evening’s gala dinner with performances by Danny Almonte, Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy, and speaker Sam Gon III capped off the day under the Hawaiian sky. Sunday over 100 people went on land and sea tours with groups sighting up to 26 species over the course of the day. They finished the evening with a Pau Hana BBQ dinner at Waikii Ranch Clubhouse, taking the opportunity to talk story and take a group photo.

We’ll be posting photos of the event soon, but in the meantime, start planning to attend next year’s festival! Photos will be posted on our new website, http://www.birdfesthawaii.org. In a few days, this website will be taken down and all traffic directed to http://www.birdfesthawaii.org for more information about next year’s festival. In the meantime, you can visit that website and sign up for our new mailing list.


General Admission Schedule

You can still purchase general admission tickets either on-line or at the door binary options market. General Admission tickets are $10 (you get $5 in Birdie Bucks to use for merchandise at the Festival). Keiki 15 and younger are free with paid adult admission.

Date: September 24, Saturday

Start Time: 9:00 am

End Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: Convention Center, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

What Happens:

9:00 – 9:15 Hawaiian Blessing

9:00 – 4:00 Activity Zone open with fun for the whole family

9:00 – 4:00 Silent Auction (artwork, activities, miscellaneous merchandise)

9:00 – 4:00 Informational and sales booths open

9:30 – 10:30 Brian Sullivan, eBird.org – Digital Media for Birders

10:45 – 11:45 Noah Gomes – Historic Hawaiian birdcatching

12:00 – 12:45 Screening of “Struggle for Existence” – Laurie Sumiye’s award winning documentary about the recovery of the Palila followed by question/answer session with the filmmaker

1:00 – 2:00 Hawaii Forest Bird Survey Panel Discussion – Past, Present, and Future of Hawaii’s Birds

1:00 – 3:00 Special Exhibition of Hawaiian birds by artist Catherine Hamilton

2:15 – 3:15 Chris Farmer, American Bird Conservancy – Saving Hawaiian Birds: Concrete Actions to Prevent Further Extinctions

3:30 – 4:00 Contest and Silent Auction winners announced

What to Wear: Casual and comfortable, flipflops (or slippers, as we call them here) are just fine

What to Bring: Notepad and pen if you’re the type who likes to take notes

Food Provided: none, but food is readily available at Sheraton and nearby restaurants

Last Day for Gala Tickets!

We still have space available at the Gala Dinner & Auction, but you need to get what is binary options trading your ticket now! The last day to purchase tickets for the Gala night is 9/20, by close of business (Hawaii time) on Tuesday.

General admission tickets can still be purchased at the door.

The gala includes entertainment by Aloha Productions halau and guitarist Danny Almonte. We’ll have a silent auction as well as a live auction of some outstanding items.

Our keynote speaker, Sam Gon III, is known as a living treasure of Hawaii. He’ll be speaking about the cultural and ecological significance of birds in Hawaii. As the senior scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii and a cultural practitioner, Sam offers a unique perspective on our island bird life.

Hope to see you there!

Just around the corner . . .

After a year and a half of planning, we’re just days aways from the first annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds. There’s a great lineup of speakers, activities, and tours and the chance to meet birders and bird experts from all over the country.

We are just about sold out on most activities that require preregistration (two seats left on the boat tour and five in the photography workshop), but you can still purchase tickets at the door for general admission from 9-4 on Saturday, September 24. Keiki 15 and under are free with a paid adult admission, so bring the whole family.

The last day to buy tickets for the Gala Dinner & Auction is September 20. Prepaid tickets are required for the Gala Dinner so don’t miss this deadline. Some of the special items up for auction include a multi-island guided birding tour, some outstanding framed photos and artwork of native birds of Hawaii (including a rare hybrid amakihi/Hawaiian creeper by Bob Nims), and a trip to the mainland with airfare and entry tickets to the annual Verde Valley Birding Festival in Cottonwood, Arizona next April.

Hope to see you all at the Festival!

Calling all ABA members

Now is the time to help put Hawaii on the map! With our first-ever Festival of Birds and the opening of the Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail just a couple of weeks away, the timing is perfect to get official recognition for the state’s endemic species.

We encourage everyone to visit the ABA blog to learn more. You can only vote if you are a current ABA member (as of October 28, 2016) so if you want to see Hawaii added to the “official” ABA listings, here’s your chance. If you’re not a member, there is still time to join so that you can join the vote.

There are many issues involved, some scientific in origin and some more emotionally charged, but your vote can make a difference.

Naturally, we’re in support of this initiative and hope to welcome ABA’s support for birding in Hawaii. We’ll announce any updates as we are made aware of them.


Watch Yourself Along with the Birds

The first annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds is almost upon us – just three weeks away! The festival celebrates the opening of the Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail and there are just a few spots left on Sunday’s birding tours by boat and van. Saturday’s general admission, photography workshop, and Gala dinner tickets are still available (general admission can be purchased at the door). Festival Tickets

Whether or not you plan to participate in the festival, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be thoughtful when you watch wildlife of any kind.

1. Keep your distance.

  • Use binoculars, telephoto lenses, or spotting scopes to get a good look without approaching the bird.
  • If the bird is reacting to your presence, you’re too close. Back away and give it time to settle down. Do not approach or attempt to flush birds from resting or feeding spots.
  • Patience will usually be rewarded.

    2. Keep the mute on.

  • Avoid playback devices or loud talking.
  • Carry a cell phone, but turn it off when on the trail.
  • Blend into the background (unless it’s a hunting area where you’ll want to be easily seen).

    3. Keep healthy and safe.

  • Stay hydrated and wear appropriate shoes and clothing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park only in designated areas.
  • Pull off the road completely before stopping and only on paved shoulders. Do not pull off over grass, especially in the dry season.

    4. Keep aloha alive.

  • Respect private property and do not trespass.
  • Carry out whatever you carry in and pick up after others who may not be aware they’ve left something behind.
  • Be considerate of others and share your sightings.
  • Participate in conservation projects to keep island habitats healthy.
  • Take action to avoid spreading Rapid Ohia Death and invasive plants.

Updates on Festival of Birds

If you’re still wondering whether to come to the first annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds on September 24-25, 2016, here’s a few updates:

• Very limited space available on the Sunday bus and boat tours. (As of this writing, only 1 spot on the photography tour, 5 on the boat, and 5 on the vans).

• Still space available at the Gala Dinner, for individual tickets or whole-table purchase.

• As of this writing, 5 spots left on the morning bird hike on Saturday and in the photo workshop with Jack Jeffrey.

• Still space available for general admission and we’ve added a couple of features – mainland artist Catherine Hamilton will bring a special exhibition of Hawaiian birds along with a question/answer opportunity from 1-3 on Saturday AND we’ll be screening “Struggle for Existence”, an award-winning documentary followed by question/answer opportunity with filmmaker Laurie Sumiye.

It’s going to be a great two days – hope to see you there.