Endangered Species

Manu Minute: 'Akikiki of Kaua'i

Mar 31, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson / Keauhou Bird Conservation Center

ˊAkikiki, also known as Kauaˊi creepers, are an endangered forest bird endemic to the island of Kauaˊi.

Manu Minute: The Long-legged Ae'o

Feb 24, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. 

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said.

Nene Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened

Dec 9, 2019
Dick Daniels / CarolinaBirds.org

The Trump administration is downlisting the nene -- Hawaii's state bird -- from endangered to threatened.


Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt made the announcement Sunday at the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Ewa Beach.


Federal officials say the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration.


Chris Hoare / Flickr

Kawailoa Wind, LLC, has been operating five miles north of Haleiwa since 2012. The company is asking regulators to increase the number of endangered species it can legally kill by its presence.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

HILO, Hawaii — Conservationists have released seven Hawaiian crows into the wild, increasing the population of the critically endangered birds, officials said.

National Park Service

Populations of two native endangered species endemic to Maui have been reduced by over half spanning the past two to three decades, according to an interagency report.

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

The health crisis affecting killer whales in the Pacific Northwest continues to expand, with reports now that two more of the orcas, including a matriarch member of the dwindling pod who suffered two traumatic losses last year, are now starving.

Jack Jeffrey / nps.gov

Hawaiian Hawk Delisting; Monk Seal Follow-up; NOAA Workshops; Skate Camps at Koōlina

Catherine Cruz


A de facto dog beach Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam is right up against a coastal marsh that is home to endangered native Hawaiian birds. But canines and fowl don’t mix. Talks between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Navy ended the practice of allowing dogs to roam in the area and then came the work of restoring the natural habitat in this area known as ahua reef.

U.S. Department of Agriculture


Department of Land and Natural Resources

  Bernice, Emmett and Lonesome George were treated to a downtown Honolulu stay thanks to Hurricane Lane. Not a big deal--but we are talking snails. Endangered ones.

We talked with a Kapaa Hee who works with the state’s endangered snail program who was preparing to spend the weekend snail sitting.


MC2 Aiyana Paschal / Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Remains Repatriation; Lava Boat Injury Development; Endangered Snail Conservation; Xeriscape Garden

Flickr / David Brossard

Tomorrow is World Pangolin Day. Every third Saturday in February is devoted to this most critically endangered animal. The pangolin is a scaly anteater, a mammal, about the size of a cat, covered in small scales, with no teeth and a very long tongue. They primarily eat ants and other insects, and are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. There are eight species in Africa and Asia. But not for long.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

On this Aloha Friday, there’s yet another reminder that laughter is good for you. The Mayo Clinic has documented some of the medical benefits of laughter on its website. Studies from the United States to Japan have confirmed that humor can help with overall health and recovery from illness. And this week there was more news about laughter—coming from the animal kingdom in New Zealand. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org
Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org

A few weeks ago, a helicopter was sent on a rescue mission to a remote location deep in Limahuli Valley on Kauai’s north shore.  This time, it wasn’t a hiker in distress needing rescue.  The mission was part of an on-going effort to save the endangered Newell’s Shearwater from extinction.  From Kaua‘i, HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A 14 year old Hawaiian monk seal is back in the water after a lifesaving surgery to remove a fishing hook he swallowed. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released RE-74, also known as Benny, after a two-week recovery period.

Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society
Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society

It’s a historic but sobering event for Hawai‘i’s native bees.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added seven species of Native Hawaiian yellow-faced bees to the endangered species list.  It’s also the first time any bees in the US have been added to the list.

Richard Fisher / Flickr
Richard Fisher / Flickr

Several species of humpback whales have been removed from the endangered species list.

This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service reclassified humpback whale species into 14 different categories.  9 of those were removed from the list or reclassified as threatened and that includes species found in Hawaiian waters.

The agency had previously classified all humpback whales as a single population… saying they were all endangered.


  We’ll explore how the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources is helping to re-establish native insect populations.  

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

A Sumatran rhino born in the United States has been formally handed over to Indonesian authorities at a sanctuary where he is expected to mate to help save his critically endangered species from extinction.