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Hilo’s newest artistic treasure, a mural showcasing the palila, will be showcased in a mini-parade featuring the larger-than-life, gigantic palila this First Friday, April 4. Local artist, Kathleen Kam, teamed up with the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project to create the 9 by 12-foot mural. The painting is on the Hilo Loan Shop building in downtown ...
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The Hawaii Tribune Herald published an article about the Palila Mural that’s coming to life in Downtown Hilo.  This 9 x 12-ft. mural is being painted by local artist Kathleen Kam in partnership with the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, American Bird Conservancy, Representative Richard Onishi, Hilo Loan Shop, Inc., KTA Superstores, Jack Jeffrey Photography, Sherwin-Williams, and HPM ...
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Join MKFRP as we thaw out of winter and start our planting season on Mauna Kea. We’ll be planting māmane, ‘a‘ali‘i, ‘āweoweo and other species at the Ka‘ohe Restoration Area. We’ll be working at about 6,500 feet on the southwestern slope of Mauna Kea and we’ll keep a look out for a palila or two! ...
Read More Volunteer Day trips and Palila viewing

Palila were a topic on the nationally syndicated radio program, Science Update.   This 60-second piece focused on the bird’s reliance on māmane and the work the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is doing to raise palila in captivity for future releases into their newly protected forest home.

Learn about the restoration of Mauna Kea’s high elevation dry forest and home of the endangered forest bird, palila. The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project‘s Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Jackson Bauer will present about this remote and unique forest and its most famous feathery inhabitant, the palila. FREE! Date:       Wednesday, February 12, 2014 ...
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will conduct animal control activities specifically for trapping mouflon/feral sheep hybrids; staff hunting, and/or aerial shooting from helicopters for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A), palila ...
Read More DLNR Plans Animal Control Activities in Palila Habitat

Palila and the effects of sheep on their forest home was featured in the Big Island Weekly. The article give a good explanation of the challenges of managing the high-elevation dry forest and even includes a sheep recipe.

The December 7, 2013 event, Palila Palooza was featured on Big Island Video News.  This educational family fun day at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center welcomed over 600 members of the public.  Watch the report:

Watch the palila TV ad!

Palila PSA debuts

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in News and Events

A talking palila is the star of DLNR’s latest PSA.  Featuring the voice of Jason Scott Lee, this tv ad showcases why the palila is worth protecting. Read more about the PSA: Big Island Video news also reported on the PSA:

Don't miss Palila Palooza! Saturday, December 7.

Palila Palooza family event

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in News and Events

Families of all ages are invited to explore the remote forests of Mauna Kea at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, a part of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palila Palooza. This all day event will feature free entertainment, keiki crafts, guest speakers, and the screening ...
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