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Friends of O'ahu National Wildlife Refuges is a dedicated organization that aims to support the local community, habitat, and wildlife of the O'ahu National Wildlife Refuges.


Endangered Species call O'ahu Home


Acres of Land


​Refuge Units

About Our Refuges

 Learn more about our refuges, the native species that call them home and the actions we are taking to help preserve these vital and vulnerable habitats.


Upcoming Projects

Learn more about upcoming refuge events and projects on our calendar.

Calendar of Events (coming soon)


Public participation is critical to the long-term success of the refuge complex and it's friends group. Get involved and huli ka lima i lalo!

Get Involved

All the Latest Updates

 Stay up to date with our blog.

Get to Know Us

Get to know the Friends group board, refuge staff, interns and fellows!



Aloha All, and welcome to the Friends of O`ahu NWR.  We are the newest Friends group associated with U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuges in the United States.  As with our National Parks and National Forests, the USFWS has associated Friends groups as partners and supporters.  Friends’ groups are not government entities but are non-profits that operate under a Friends Agreement with a refuge or refuge complex.  


The Friends of O`ahu NWR is a registered non-profit, approved by the IRS as a 501c3 organization and approved by the State of Hawaii as a registered non-profit.  Our website and Facebook page are brand new, thanks to the hard work of Dustin Hattenburg, our social media expert.  We are ready to begin accepting members.  These tax-deductible memberships and donations will grow our ability to support refuge projects.  


Among our roles, we provide members to support refuge activities such as invasive plant removal and similar projects, under a Volunteer Service Agreement.  We support the wildlife refuges in their community education efforts.  We are also authorized to provide advocacy for USFWS needs and programs, and to serve as a lobby (though not on refuge property).  Finally, we will sponsor or support grant requests to conduct refuge programs.


In upcoming weeks, we will highlight refuge activities and opportunities.  We will also ask each of our directors to craft an article discussing their background and the passions that led to their service with the Friends.

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