About HWC

About HWC

The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center is a state- and region-wide wildlife response and conservation organization. Our programs include disaster response and responder training, contingency planning, research and hands-on wildlife rehabilitation at our wildlife hospital in Kapa‘au, on Hawai‘i Island. 

The vision of the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center is a world where native species recover and thrive through comprehensive conservation strategies and partnerships. 

The Hawai’i Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of protecting, conserving, and aiding in the recovery of Hawai’i’s native wildlife through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs.

The HWC is the first organization of its kind exclusively for native Hawaiian wildlife and provides state-of-the-art care and rehabilitation for native animals as well as comprehensive wildlife rescue training and public education and outreach programs. The HWC is not a zoo or a preserve, it is a professional organization that focuses on treating and rehabilitating sick, injured and oiled wildlife for release back into the wild.

HWC Quick Facts:

  • The HWC provides care for all species of native birds and the Hawaiian hoary bat.
  • Of the 70+ native taxa cared for, 90% are federally threatened, endangered or of high conservation concern.
  • The HWC is the only facility of its kind in the Pacific Islands Region and meets all federal, state, and local standards for accommodating a large-scale rescue and rehabilitation effort targeting oiled, sick or injured wildlife.
  • The HWC facility is purpose-built, 4500 ft2, sits on two acres, and operates seven days a week.  The facility also has purpose-built recovery aviaries to condition and strengthen birds before release.
  • The HWC serves all major and minor Hawaiian Islands, extending to Midway and Kure Atoll.


Map Credit: Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center