HWC Wins Architecture Magazine Award

The Hawaii Wildlife Center has won one of only 21 national design awards selected by a jury of well known architects for Architecture magazine’s annual design review. The HWC won within the “Grow” category, which includes architecture related to Education, Science, and Healthcare; the HWC is one of only 4 award winning projects within this category.

All 21 projects were complimented for “clarity of intent” (“very clear statements about what their relationship is to their surroundings”) and “economy of means”, which is gratifying since those are such important ingredients of architecture, and especially difficult during these difficult economic times.

We are honored to be included with such amazing projects and are absolutely thrilled that our design team is getting the recognition they deserve.  The HWC facility has more than exceeded our expectations and has allowed us to carry out our work, rescuing and rehabilitating native birds and bats from throughout the state.


The HWC’s First Patient

Even though HWC President and Center Director Linda Elliott and Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager Judi Ellal have been providing professional wildlife care for over a decade, this particular bird will definitely be one that we’ll always remember!

For more media coverage of the HWC’s first release, check out the article by Hawai‘i 24/7!


Vote online for the HWC on June 22 in the 100 Cars for Good Contest!

Aloha HWC Ohana!  On June 22, the HWC will be competing against four other organizations online at 100carsforgood.com and will win a brand new Toyota if we receive the most votes that day.  This vehicle will be our primary means of transportation for bringing sick, injured or oiled wildlife to the Center for treatment and for taking healed wildlife to their release site.  Having a reliable vehicle is critical to our rescue operations and we are calling on our HWC ohana to help spread the word and support us with your vote.  Please note that voting ends at 5:59pm for Hawaii residents, so vote early!  Let’s win a car for wildlife!

What you can do:

On June 22, go to www.100carsforgood.com and vote for the Hawaii Wildlife Center between 4am to 5:59pm Hawaii time.  If you would like to view our video for the contest ahead of time, click here.

To sign up for a reminder to vote for the HWC before the 22nd, visit 100carsforgood.com and search for the Hawaii Wildlife Center under the BROWSE ORGS tab. You will be able to request a reminder through our profile.  Mahalo!

Ready, Set, Soar! The Next Steps at HWC

First off, a big MAHALO! to the Kohala community for its wonderful support and to all who made our

Dedication and Blessing such a memorable event, with over 300 people attending!. Thanks to you, the HWC has completed construction and we are now on a mission to secure the equipment that will enable us to begin taking in native Hawaiian animals in need of care.

The HWC is continuing to build momentum as it prepares to become fully operational. Here are some highlights!

  • Collaborations continue with state departments like the DNLR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and other conservation programs like the Save Our Shearwater program on Kaua’i.
  • The HWC is making great efforts to develop internally, strengthening its strategy and capacity for growth.
  • Knowledge is power! Involvement with the latest research is still going strong, with the HWC most recently participating in the Wildlife Society Conference.
  • Community enthusiasm is growing, and the HWC continues its work with Kohala Middle School students and teachers.

You won’t be the only one with a holiday wish list this year! Like a fire station, the HWC must be constantly ready to accommodate native animals, with everything from blenders for food, to stethoscopes, to bird wash equipment. We would really appreciate your continued support this holiday season as we begin checking off items on our wish list, one by one. In addition, you can now join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Again, mahalo for all the love and support this past year. Here’s to a great 2012!