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

Festival of Birds General Admission Schedule

When you purchase a general admission ticket for $10, $5 is returned to you with Birdie Bucks (can be used at vendor booths or silent auction on Saturday only – not redeemable for cash).

You also get all of this:

9:00 – 9:15 Hawaiian Blessing

9:00 – 4:00 Activity Zone open with fun for the whole family (Build A Bird contest, face painting with bird symbols, Trivial Pursuit – our island bird edition, Birdwatching Basics, Home Improvement Game, and more!)

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, National Park Service – Hawaiian featherwork and birdcatching

12:00 – 12:45 Screening of award-winning documentary “Struggle for Existence” followed by question/answer with the filmmaker, Laurie Sumiye

1:00 – 2:00 Hawaii Forest Bird Survey Panel Discussion

2:15 – 3:15 Chris Farmer, American Bird Conservancy – Saving Hawaiian birds with concrete actions to prevent further extinctions

3:30 – 4:00 Contest winners and silent auction announced


Keiki 15 and younger receive free general admission with paid adult admission.


Gala Dinner Table Sponsorship Available

We’ve added an option for reserving tables at the Gala Dinner and Auction September 24, 2016 during the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds. For $1000, you can reserve a table for eight friends, family or colleagues and ensure premium seating near the entertainment with a complimentary bottle of wine, as well as being listed as a sponsor at the ‘I’iwi level (which includes two general admission tickets). We currently have only six tables available for sponsorship (individual seating is also still available), so don’t wait!

The night will begin with a no-host bar at 5:00 pm, allowing you time to peruse the varied items available in the silent auction. Music will be provided by Danny Almonte, with a hula performance by ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy. Dinner will be followed by our keynote speaker, Dr. Sam Gon III, senior scientist and cultural advisor at the Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i. Sam was recently honored with the designation Living Treasure of Hawai’i and will be sharing perspectives on the biological and cultural significance of Hawaii’s birds.

His talk could not come at a better time as the American Birding Association will be voting on inclusion of Hawaii’s birds on the list of officially countable birds at their upcoming annual meeting.

The evening will wrap up with a spirited live auction of unique items, including a multi-island exclusive guided birding trip, original art, and an opportunity to attend a mainland birding festival in Cottonwood, Arizona (airfare and registration included).

To sponsor a table, go to Festival Tickets, select the Gala Dinner option and list your guests’ names when prompted. If you don’t already know their names, list Guest 1, Guest 2, etc. (up to 8).

Early Bird Deadline Passed, but Spaces Still Available

There’s still time to register for the first annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds – Ha’akula Manu September 24-25, 2016.

As individually ticketed items are sold out, they will be removed from the options for purchase, so if you’re still seeing them, there is still the potential for at least one seat.

We encourage everyone to register now to ensure that you have the best possible experience at the best possible price. Registrants are coming from all over the mainland of United States and Canada, along with folks from the Hawaiian Islands who know a great value when they see it. If you’ve never been to Hawaii and are looking for a reason to make your first trip, this could be it.

General admission tickets will be available at the door, but it’s looking like other ticketed events may be sold out by then, so don’t wait.

To book a room at the discount rate: Hotel Reservations

For information about the Festival and schedule of events (download and read thoroughly before purchasing tickets): Festival Details

To purchase tickets: Festival Tickets

Please note that when you purchase tickets, you need to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to get to the button that allows you to enter your credit card information. If you didn’t enter credit card information or receive a receipt, you are not registered.

Special Hotel Rates for Festival Announced

If you’re planning to attend the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds September 24-25, 2016, and need a place to stay, consider the host hotel where all of Saturday’s events will take place. The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is a spectacular property right with oceanfront views. For three days prior and three days after the festival (Sept 20-27), you can get a room for $149 (plus tax) and resort charge of $10 (plus tax). This represents a $45/night savings and will be super convenient for enjoying the festival.

If you’ve already made reservations at the Sheraton at a higher rate by booking directly with the Sheraton, no worries. We’ve given our registrants’ names to the hotel and they will automatically give you the discount. If you booked at a higher rate through a third party (like Orbitz or Hotels.com), you’ll need to cancel that booking and then rebook through the Sheraton to get the discount.

To book your room at the discount rate: Hotel Reservations

For information about the Festival and schedule of events (download and read thoroughly before purchasing tickets): Festival Details

To purchase tickets: Festival Tickets

Big Island Birding Tour Tickets Going Fast!

A highlight of the first annual Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds – Ha’akula Manu will be the field experiences being offered at budget prices on Sunday, September 25, 2016. A birding tour on the Big Island typically retails between $175 and $250 and may only include lunch or snacks.

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The festival price will be just $120, including box lunch, buffet dinner and experienced bird guides. Whether you are kama’aina or just visiting, you won’t find a better deal. Register now to guarantee your spot on one of the vans. The “Sneak Peek” tours will feature small groups searching out the greatest variety of birds possible in one day.

For a special treat, select the photography tour led by Jack Jeffrey, noted bird photographer and ecotour leader. This tour will give you the opportunity to pick up tips on how to get extraordinary photographs in the field, while at the same time providing the chance to see some of Hawaii’s most unique native birds (see above photo). There are just a few spots left on the photo tour.

Whether you choose the Sneak Peek tour, the photography tour, or the pelagic birding tour, your findings will be uploaded to Ebird.com as Project Leader Brian Sullivan demonstrates the website at the Pau Hana dinner following the tours. Brian will also give a short demonstration of the website at the main event on Saturday, September 24 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

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Festival of Birds Tickets Now Available

Festival Details now available! Download before ticket purchase.

Festival Tickets now available!

The first annual Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds – Ha’akula Manu will take place on September 24-25, 2016. General admission is unlimited, but some activities will require preregistration as seats are limited, so download the festival details now and get your tickets early!

The Festival marks the grand opening of the 90-mile Hawai’i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail. This trail is a first for the state and will traverse the island’s many habitats from desert to rain forest with opportunities to see an incredible diversity of birds along the way. The Festival includes a chance to get a sneak peek at the trail by van with experienced bird guides. Brian Sullivan, the project leader for ebird.org will be joining us at the Festival to demonstrate how this unique website works. Those who join one of the van tours will have the chance to contribute to ebird at the Pau Hana dinner on Sunday evening.

Want to know more?

Festival Details now available! Download before ticket purchase.

Festival Tickets now available!

Hawaii Birding Trails

Festival Details now available! Download before ticket purchase.

Festival Tickets now available!

Imagine a trail cross-island from shoreline to shoreline that travels through a national park, ancient Hawaiian pathways, archeological sites, historic sites, upland pasture, rainforest, dry forest, sub-alpine shrubland, barren lava fields, volcanic vents, caves, waterfalls, Hawaii’s longest river, ponds, and an estuary. Imagine that trail rising from sea level to 7,000 feet and back again to sea level while traveling the boundary of the two tallest mountains on earth. Imagine that trail passing through desert climate with a few inches of rain annually and later through tropical rainforest with nearly 300 inches. Imagine that trail’s diversity of landscape and climate matched by its diversity of birds: waterfowl, migratory shorebirds, endangered wetland birds, parrots, a collection of songbirds representing five continents, owls, hawks, and Hawaiian endemic forest birds including Hawaiian Honeycreepers – the world’s most endangered family of birds.

The Big Picture

The Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail (HICCBT) will link a National Park, two State Parks, several Forest Reserves, two County Parks, a National Wildlife Refuge, several public trails, and local businesses. It is envisioned that the HICCBT could be expanded in time to incorporate other areas of Hawaii Island and link to other Heritage Corridors and Scenic Byways, thus creating a larger Hawaii Island Nature Trail Network. HICCBT would be the first trail designated and developed specifically as part of the Hawaii Island Nature Trail Network, serving as a pilot project for the larger island-wide network.

This exciting new project for Hawaii is in its infancy. Check back regularly to learn more about birding opportunities on the Big Island and beyond in the State of Hawaii. Additional products will be developed over the coming months with the official opening of the trail taking place during the first annual Hawaii Island Birding Festival on September 24-25, 2016.

Festival Details now available! Download before ticket purchase.

Festival Tickets now available!



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