Big Island Endemic Birding Adventure

Select Dates Through 2023


$255 per person
Private tours available



9-10 hours



March 16
April 21
May 8
June 1
August 24
August 31
September 19
October 11
December 14


Group Size




Group tour: $255 per person plus tax

Private tour: $1695 plus tax (up to 8 people)

Or contact us to build a custom tour.



Water, snacks, online checklists, local picnic lunch, transportation to and from Kona and Waikoloa, the use of binoculars if needed, and fun! Guests coming from the Hilo side can easily meet us on the Saddle Road. Scopes generally don’t work well, as small endemic forest birds tend to move quickly throughout the canopy.


Activity Level

You must be prepared to hike 1-2 miles of uneven, wet, and muddy trails.



Lightweight long pants, waterproof hiking shoes, lightweight sweater/ fleece, camera, binoculars, sun protection, quick dry layered clothing, a daypack for carrying your lunch and water into the field, and rain gear, as the trail difficulty is not challenging but conditions may be cool, wet and slippery with an incline. We will be birding between 6,000′ and 6,500′ above sea level on Mauna Kea with temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, in an area that receives 80 -100″ of rainfall per year (misty afternoon rain is typical).



For group trips: There is a 48-hour cancelation policy for all daily tours. If you cancel prior to 48 hours of the tour, you will receive a full refund. 
If you cancel within 48 hours of your scheduled trip departure, no refund fees will be provided.
 No shows are responsible for 100% of trip fees.

For private tours: There is a 7-day cancelation policy for all private tours. Credit cards will be taken at the time of booking. If you cancel outside of 7-days, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 7 days of the tour no refund fees will be provided. No shows are responsible for 100% of trip fees.

Birds You May See

Highlight target species: Hawaii Amakihi, Apapane, I’iwi, Akepa, Hawaii Creeper, Akiapolaau, Omao, Hawaii Elepaio, Hawaiian Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Kalij Pheasant, Hawaiian Goose

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Coming soon:

A Comprehensive Checklist of the Birds of Hawaii

A free, downloadable guide with information on the best time of year to see each every expected species in Hawaii, complete with emphasis on endemic, threatened, and endangered species.


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Meet Your Guide

Mandy Talpas

My goal with every birding trip is to help you view, learn about, and enjoy more birds! Whether you envision casually cruising the coastline in search of seabirds, chasing after endemic forest birds, exploring local hot spots, or all of the above. I am dedicated to providing customized excursions to create your ultimate Hawaii birding experience.

My promise on every eco-tour is to ensure that each guest is having a great time while learning about Hawaii’s alluring flora and fauna. When I’m not guiding I am proud to be involved in local avian conservation initiatives. I look forward to sharing Hawaii’s beautiful birds, unique wildlife, and the projects in place to help save them, with you.

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Experience Hawaiian honeycreeper heaven! Hakalau Forest NWR is home to many of Hawaii’s endangered plants, native arthropods, and endemic forest birds. Birding this publicly restricted native forest with one of Hawaii’s premier birding guides is sure to be the highlight of your Hawaii vacation.


Highlight Target Species

Hawaii Amakihi, Apapane, I’iwi, Akepa, Hawaii Creeper, Akiapolaau, Omao, Hawaii Elepaio, Hawaiian Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Kalij Pheasant, Hawaiian Goose

“We birded the whole island, changing from forest birds to sea birds. It was a great tour and really nice to get out of the city. I was able to see plenty of species too! Highly recommend!”

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This is the only tour of its kind! Other all-inclusive birding tours to Hawaii rush through on a cookie-cutter itinerary. Mandy has made Hawaii her permanent home and earns a living off of taking birders out of the city limits to experience the best Hawaii has to offer on a daily basis. She looks forward to sharing Hawaii’s birds, wildlife, food, scenery, history and culture with new friends.

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