Pauwalu Point Wildlife Sanctuary

Pauwalu Point Wildlife Sanctuary

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Pauwalu Point Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular habitat to the Brown booby, as well as a recently established breeding colony of Red-footed boobies. The boobies nest in the towering trees located on the peninsula. Native Hawaiian seabirds also reside in the Koʻolau Gap, the gulch above the peninsula. It is thought that the gap allows birds to have easy transit between the sea and Haleakalā, where many birds nest. Though no Hawaiian petrel or shearwaters currently have burrows out at Pauwalu Point, social attraction can be used to grow a population.



Permits & Rules

  • This sanctuary is RESTRICTED, per administrative rules Chapter 126 (Wildlife Sanctuaries). Access is restricted to marked road and trails only. No vehicles.
  • Commercial activities are prohibited.
  • Other activities (like scientific research, conservation management, or subsistence, traditional, and customary practices by Native Hawaiians consistent with the long-term preservation of the wildlife sanctuary resources) may be possible with a permit. Individuals interested in permits should review the detailed information on our Permits & Guidelines page and contact their local DOFAW office.

Some Native Plants & Animals 

These are examples of native species associated with this site. This is not intended to be a comprehensive species inventory. 

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ʻĀ (Brown Booby) (Sula leucogaster)

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ʻĀ (Red-Footed Booby) (Sula sula)