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Short documentary on saving forest birds released by Haleakalā National Park

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  • NPS Photo. Behind the scenes filming Heart of Maui. Left to right David Ehrenberg- Erika Kekiwi- Chris Warren 2022. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Behind the scenes Heart of Maui Film an Iwi feeds on a mamane blossom 2022. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Heart of Maui Erika Kekiwi surveys for birds. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Heart of Maui Behind the Scenes. David Ehrenberg films Chris Warren and Erika Kekiwi installing a songmeter. 2022. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Heart of Maui Behind the scenes. A rare image of an ‘Ākohekohe. PC: Haleakalā National Park

The 7.5-minute film describes the cause of the birds’ catastrophic decline and what is at risk if action is not taken soon. 

“Prior to the introduction of mosquitoes into Hawaiʻi, forest birds were found from mauka to makai,” said Jin Prugsawan Harlow, Chief of Interpretation, Education & Volunteers at Haleakalā National Park. “This film offers a rare glimpse into some of the only habitat that remains for these birds, on the eastern slopes of Haleakalā. Those who watch it will understand the critical need to control mosquitoes and avian malaria.”


“Heart of Maui” was funded by the National Park Service and the Haleakalā Conservancy, the park’s official philanthropic partner. The film was directed and filmed by David Ehrenberg.

To watch “Heart of Maui, click here.

For more information on forest birds and the efforts to save them, click here or go to www.HaleakalāConservancy.org


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