Endangered Species of Hawaii


 
The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife office provides a list of Endangered Species in the Pacific Islands

You will likely encounter a Hawaii monk seal napping on a beach in Kauai or spot a family of Honu feeding along the shoreline. Nene geese are commonly sighted in the Kilauea and Princeville area. Please respect Hawaii's endangered wildlife and remember that these recovering species are protected by state and federal laws.
 
Honu - Green Sea Turtle 
The Hawaiian green sea turtle is the most common sea turtle in Hawaiian waters. It feeds on marine plants in shallow coastal waters throughout the Islands. Green sea turtles are primarily vegetarian and eat limu (algae) growing underwater on coral reefs and rocks in shallow waters. 
 
Honu' Ea - Hawksbill Turtle. Hawaiian hawksbill turtles are extremely rare. They nest on the main Hawaiian islands, predominately on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, however, a few hawksbills and green sea turtles also nest on Maui each year. 

DID YOU KNOW? Touching, feeding, riding, pursuing, harming or otherwise altering a turtle’s behavior is illegal.

Hawaiian monk seals - 'ilio holo I ka uaua  "dog that runs in rough water".
Hawaiian monk seals are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and and are one of the most endangered animal species in the world. Only about 1,100 seals are left and their overall population is in decline. The Hawaiian monk seal is Hawaii's official state mammal.

Should you come across a monk seal that has come ashore and has not yet been roped off in a seal protection zone please keep a distance of at least 150 feet (50 Yards) and refrain from making loud noises, using flash photography or making abrupt movements that could startle or stress the seal. his may cause them to react unpredictably, potentially harming themselves or you.  Disturbing seals on the beach interrupts their ability to perform critical functions such as molting, pupping/nursing, or resting.

DID YOU KNOW? Harassment or disturbance of a Hawaiian monk seal can incur fines exceeding $50,000 and up to 5 years imprisonment. 
 
Nene Goose - Hawaii's state bird. The Nene has endured a long struggle against extinction. There are small but stable populations of Nene on the islands of Hawai’i, Maui, and Kaua’i. Nene are threatened by introduced mongooses and feral dogs and cats which prey upon the Nene’s eggs and young. There are approximately 800 wild Nene in Hawai’i and the numbers are rising with each breeding season. Please do not feed the Nene!