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HAWEA (Maui) - Hawea Point is located on the west side of the Island of Maui. It is home to Maui island’s largest known Wedge-tailed shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) (ua’u kani) colony. This colony’s recent success can be credited to the awareness and dedication of Isao Nakagawa, a local fisherman and retired Maui Land & Pineapple Company employee who frequented the area and found remains of predated shearwaters.  In 2001, after continuing to notice dead ua’u kani, Isao contacted Dr. Fern Duvall, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), to see what could be done to protect the seabirds.  With Fern’s guidance, Isao began protection activities and monitoring the colony as well as assisting with banding. Isao continues to be a valuable asset to the program and a great example of community stewardship. In 2001, there were only a few known burrows; as of 2011 the colony has grown to over 500 burrows. In 2003, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) began managing an easement on private land on one side of the Hawea colony. Maui Land & Pineapple (MLP) manages the remainder of the colony on land they own.  MLP initiated habitat restoration efforts by removing invasive alien plants, protecting rare and native species present on Hawea Point and out-planting native vegetation. They have created designated walkways for visitors to the colony area and placed informational signage informing visitors of the need to stay on the paths & keep their dogs leashed.  Signs also inform guests about the life history of the WTSH and the native plant species present.  These activities have improved the quality of habitat available to the seabirds for nesting. MLP staff has taken over the critical removal of feral cats and mongoose from Isao and perform the annual monitoring of selected burrows for activity and breeding success. MNSRP is proud to participate in the work at Hawea Point with MLP, HILT, and committed volunteers like Isao Nakagawa.

Read about Hawea's colony angel, Isago Nagakawa by clicking on the map above





A steep, high density occupancy area of the Hawea colony is known as “the condos” to banders and regular Wedge-tailed shearwater protection volunteers.


An artificial burrow is home for a new chick.


Isao Nakagawa talks story with Chris Brosius, coordinator of the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership. WMMWP participates in banding activities each year.


Isao Nakagawa holds a WTSH chick ready for banding. Isao’s stewardship qualifies him as a “colony angel”.