Stopping at multiple drizzly sites along the way, I made my way back around Kauai and out to Kilauea Point NWR.
A variety of seabirds nest on, in and along the cliffs of this refuge, including Red-footed Boobies, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Great Frigatebirds and Laysan Albatross.
Though nesting season hasn't started yet, the Red-footed Boobies were there in force, staking claim over territories on the cliff's vegetation.
There were a few Albatross flying around, but many more were on the edge of the cliffs.
After visiting Hanalei NWR I decided to make my way around the island and up Waimea Canyon to Koke'e State Park to reach some higher elevations. These high elevation sites include much more native vegetation and host some of the more rare endemics that can be found in Hawaii.
The drive up was beautiful.
But of course, by the time I reach my destination the rain had started and birding was not really an option. I did scurry around in the rain until it became a downpour, spotting my one and only Apapane, a beautiful red, black and white honeycreeper.
I decided to spend the night up in the mountains, hoping rain would subside by morning. It did not. So I missed out on some great species and headed down hill to the coast again. Along the way I did score some crappy pictures of these two species!
After an initial day on Oahu, a few of us made the very quick flight to Kauai. The plan was for everyone but me to hike the Napali Coast, camp for a night or two while I birded around the island, and meet up again before heading back to Oahu.
Things generally followed that plan, but the rain threw a wrench in everyone's plan. The hike they were doing required a few stream crossings, but as the rain kept coming, the streams turned to rivers and complicated things quite a bit.
Before the rain really came down I was able to explore a bit along the northern coast of the island.