- Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, lying in close proximity to historic visitor attractions such as the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri, protects some of the last remaining wetland areas on O`ahu. It is composed of two units, the 37-acre Honouliuli Unit, which borders West Loch, and the 25-acre Waiawa Unit bordering Middle Loch of the famous Pearl Harbor.
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Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Waiawa is composed of two ponds, one of which is primarily managed for the endangered Hawaiian stilt (ae`o). However, its estuarine environment is ideal for establishing a host of food resources for all four endangered waterbird species in the state: (Hawaiian coot (`alae ke`oke`o), moorhen (`alae `ula) and duck (koloa maoli)). Fresh water is pumped into the refuge from a nearby stream and empties into Pearl Harbor.
Honouliuli, also a fresh water wetland, is extensively managed for a variety of waterbirds including Hawaii's endangered waterbirds and migrant waterfowl. Because of access difficulties, public use is restricted at both units of Pearl Harbor NWR and prohibited during the stilt nesting season (February through July).
Recreation - O`ahu refuges are open to the public by permit only. An interpretive trail and regularly scheduled tours are available during nonnesting seasons. Please call for tour information.
Climate - Hawai'i enjoys moderate temperatures year-round. Rain increases in winter; some summer days are hot and humid. Trade winds are fairly constant and usually keep the hot temperatures at bay. Temperatures range from the 70s in winter to the 90s in the summer. A rain jacket is recommended, as is a brimmed hat and sunscreen.
This wildlife refuge is located on the southern shore of Oahu near Pearl Harbor.