Archives for September 2012

Moving from Construction to Operations: Reflections on a Journey

With wildlife care already underway and our programs beginning to develop and expand, it is important to reflect on where we came from and the journey that has led to where we are today. As we soar from a construction project to a fully operational organization, we want to acknowledge and celebrate all of our founding donors who have stuck by us from the very beginning. We are excited to welcome our founding donors to the HWC Donor Wall, where they will become a permanent part of the building and organization they helped create. The Donor Wall is currently being developed and will hopefully be installed soon.

HWC President, Center Director and Founder Linda Elliott has done an amazing job of turning her passion and expertise into an organization that serves the wonderfully unique native wildlife we have in our islands. Since the HWC Grand Opening, she has expanded the HWC staff to include equally passionate, professional and experienced individuals and we’re all re ready to hit the ground running to save our native animals. So what’s next? Now that animal care has begun, project Ho‘opūlama is now a top priority. Ho‘opūlama, the development of our public space, means “to cherish” or “to save” and will feature interactive exhibits and displays that will become the heart of the HWC. If you have visited us in the past, you have probably noticed that our education pavilion and visitor’s lanai was empty. It will hopefully not be that way for very much longer!

To all our supporters, we are truly appreciative of everything you have put forth to help create Hawai‘i’s first and only state-of-the-art rescue, rehabilitation, research and education facility exclusively for and about native animals. It has been a fulfilling journey to where we are now, but we are nowhere near done. Mahalo to everyone and we hope you will stay close to us as we continue to grow!

HWC Through the Years


Wildlife Care Begins at HWC!

After years of planning, design, development and construction, the HWC is proud to announce that wildlife intake has officially begun at our brand-new, state-of-the-art native wildlife treatment facility.  Our first patient is a young Red-footed Booby from Kaua‘i and getting it to the HWC facility was a great collaborative effort between DOFAW Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i and Honolulu district offices, Kaua‘i Humane Society Save our Shearwaters Program, Hawaiian Airlines, Department of Agriculture and HWC staff.  Not only does this bird represent a great step forward for native wildlife care, it also sets the stage for further collaborations that will benefit native Hawaiian wildlife.  A special thanks to Tracy Anderson, Marilou Knight, Bongo Lee, Scott Fretz, Thomas Kaiakapu, and Dr. Joanne Woltman. If you would like to donate towards the care of sick and injured native birds like this youngster, please click on “Your Support” in the sidebar!

This is a huge milestone for HWC and your support was a big part in helping us get here.  We really appreciate all the donations, words of encouragement, love and support that poured in since this project started in 2004.  We are making a big difference together and we hope you are as excited about what we’re doing for wildlife care and rehabilitation in Hawai‘i as we are!

Update: Our first patient is doing remarkably well and has been moved to the seabird recovery aviary to strengthen its muscles.  Here’s a video of it checking out its new surroundings!