E awaiāulu like i ola pūnana


Photo by Tracy Anderson, SOS

Kaua‘i Seabird Habitat Conservation Program (KSHCP)

The KSHCP is a joint effort of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources - Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR-DOFAW) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) administered through the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) of the University of Hawai‘i.

Meet the Birds

Learn about the covered species of the KSHCP: who they are, when you might see them, and what they're up to when they are not at sea.

Threats to Kaua‘i's Seabirds

Because they evolved when the Hawaiian Islands were free of artificial light and land-based predators, these seabirds are very vulnerable to bright lights and introduced predators such as rats, feral cats, pigs, and mongooses.

Seabird-Friendly Lighting

All residents and visitors to Kaua‘i share the responsibility of helping protect the island’s endangered seabirds from fallout! Seabird friendly lighting solutions are a cost effective and permanent way to reduce the number of birds downed and killed each year.

What to do if You Find a Bird 

Got a 'downed' seabird? Take note of the time/location, and bring it to the nearest aid station in a ventilated box. Then, call the Save Our Shearwaters (SOS) Seabird Emergency Hotline: (808) 635-5117  

Our Program

The KSHCP is an island-wide program to permit and mitigate for impacts to Kaua‘i's endangered seabirds caused by light attraction. ​

This program contributes to the conservation of these species by encouraging seabird friendly lighting, educating the public about recovery of downed birds, and by protecting seabirds on their breeding grounds in the mountains of Kaua‘i. Many other native wildlife and plant species will also benefit from conservation actions helping

to provide a rich natural

heritage for future 


​​The phrase, "E awaiāulu like i ola pūnana",

is interpreted as: "Let us work together in thought and action so that the nests may thrive." Native wildlife is likened to a nest that we, as humans, hold in our cupped hands – it is our choice to care for habitats and species.

Photo by Tracy Anderson, SOS


You may want to consider applying if:​

  • Seabirds are found annually on the grounds of your property

  • You believe there is a risk of human-wildlife interaction with one or more of the covered species

  • You expect seabird fallout due to light attraction on your property

  • You have observed sea turtles hatching on or near your property


Participant Inclusion Plans (PIPs) are due.

For assistance, contact the KSHCP office at (808) 245-9160.


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Telephone: (808) 245-9160