Monkeypod. Shower. Kukui. These are the three species of trees that white terns nesting on Oahu pick most often for breeding purposes. And these are the trees that most White Tern Walks have focused on. This monthʻs White Tern Walk will feature terns that are taking advantage of the incredible variety of trees available to them for nesting at the amazing arboretum that is the UH Manoa campus. In addition to the usual monkeypod, shower and kukui, youʻll see terns nesting in a wild chataigne, a baleric myrobalan and other exotic species of trees - something you can only see at UH Manoa!
Join us on Saturday, April 20, for this special Terns and Trees Guided Tour at the UH Manoa. Weʻll meet in front of the Sinclair Library at 0900 for this walk, sponsored by the UH Campus Arboretum, Hawaii Audobon Society and the Hui Manu o Ku.
Aloha White Tern Photographers!
The fourth annual Manu o Ku Festival is being held at the Iolani Palace on Saturday May 18, 2019 and will again feature a White Tern Digital Photo Exhibit. Submissions are now being accepted for the exhibit that are taken of white terns here on Oahu. Submission to the exhibit is open to everyone, free of charge! All you need to do is email your photos to email@example.com with whatever descriptions you’d like posted with the photos. You’ll get photo credit for your submission and our promise that we won’t further distribute or reuse your photos without your permission.
The purpose of the photo exhibit is to share with festival goers what many of us have been fortunate to see and photograph. This year we’ve created a number of categories for your submissions and you are invited to submit up to five photos for each category. The categories are:
- Terns and Fish: White terns carrying fish and feeding their chicks. These photos will also support Sarah Donahue’s research on white tern diet.
- Terns and Blossoms: Terns perched or flying amongst tree blossoms
- Terns as Art: “Artistic” images of terns captured with a camera (with or without post-processing effects applied) or that are drawn or painted (and then photographed for submission to the exhibit). Let your creative juices flow!
- Terns just being terns: Terns flying, nesting, preening, sleeping, interacting with chicks, etc.
Photos taken with any type of camera are welcome. As they say, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” And sometimes the camera in our pocket is the only one we have when we see the terns doing something interesting. Don’t feel as though your photos aren’t worthy of submission because you didn’t use a big camera with a huge lens. If you like the photo you took with your cell phone we want to give you a chance to share it with others!
Some tern behaviors are best captured in video and so there will also be a category for short videos of terns. It’s requested that you keep videos to a maximum of 60 seconds in length.
The new breeding season is underway and trees around greater Honolulu are full of nesting terns and their chicks. Now’s the time to grab your camera and get some shots. Check out the nest map on the Hui Manu o Ku webpage at for the location of known nests that are currently active. The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2019.
We're offering an “app” to make it easier for you to find nesting spots that are particularly good for photographing the terns. The app uses Google Earth installed on your smartphone or tablet to show you the locations of trees with nesting spots that are low in the tree and visually more accessible. Clicking the pin marking the location of the tree on the map will display a photo showing you where to look in the tree to find the nesting spot. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the app.
Thanks in advance for your participation in the 4th Annual Manu o Ku Festival’s digital photo exhibit.
A hui hou!
The 2019 White Tern breeding season on O‘ahu continues to provide numerous outstanding viewing opportunities. Join us on Saturday, February 23, for a walk that will take in some of the best of the best white tern nests in the heart of Waikiki! Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00am.
Please RSVP by texting (808) 379-7555 or emailing email@example.com.
The 2019 White Tern breeding season on Oahu continues to provide numerous outstanding viewing opportunities. Join us on Saturday, January 19 for a walk that will take in some of the best of the best white tern nests in the heart of Waikiki. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyon tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00 if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.
The 2019 White Tern breeding season on Oahu is off to a great start with several of the most visible nesting spots already occupied by adults tending eggs or small chicks. Join us on Saturday, December 22, for a walk that will take in some of the best of the best white tern nests in the heart of Waikiki. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00 if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.
The Hawaii Wildlife Center is advertising for a Manu O Ku Internship at the Honolulu Zoo. Resumes, cover letters, and dates of availability should be sent to Patrick@HawaiiWildlifeCenter.org by December 9!
Susan Scott's new book on the Manu o Ku is now available for purchase on the Hawaii Audubon Society webpage. Get a copy for yourself and share the joy of the white terns of Oahu with friends and family. Just in time for Christmas!
We have a new winner for the title of tree with the most eggs being incubated at the same time. And the winner is... (drum roll)... The Banyan tree at the International Market Place! Over the two years we've been monitoring that tree, we've documented 13 separate nesting spots and when last surveyed a week ago, 8 of them were occupied by adults on eggs. We've never seen this many eggs in one tree at the same time. In addition to the 2 eggs in the most visible nesting spots there are a half dozen more scattered throughout the tree. Next time you're at the International Market Place use the attached photos showing the location of each of the nesting spots to see how many of them you can find. Treat yourself to a piece of chocolate at the Godiva store if you find them all. And please let us know if you see any we missed!
You can follow the progress of each the eggs, and the chicks as they hatch, by clicking on the link below. Here you'll see some of the data points in the white tern nesting database we maintain that are derived from observations submitted by white tern citizen scientists.
Six of the white tern nesting spots in the big banyan tree at the International Market Place, including two offering the best viewing on Oahu, are now occupied by adults incubating eggs. In a couple of weeks a few of them should contain newly hatched chicks. And across the street at the Royal Hawaiian Center there are more eggs and chicks. Take a break from the holiday rush and join us at 9:00 on Saturday, December 1, for a short walk filled with some of the best white tern viewing in the entire breeding range. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan at the Royal Hawaiian Center if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.
There are currently more than 100 white tern eggs being incubated in the greater Honolulu-Waikiki area. And weʻre trying to track every one of them to see how many hatch chicks and how many of those chicks survive to fledge! The data we collect also helps us help chicks when they fall from the trees by showing exactly where in the tree their nesting spot is so we can reunite them with their parents. Itʻs a growing challenge to keep up with the expanding tern population on Oahu and we appreciate all the help we get from the growing community of white tern fans. If youʻd like to help us monitor the terns near where you live or work check out the map below showing the location of all the trees that we know about where eggs are currently being tended. You can check the interactive Active Egg Map on this site to zoom in and see more precisely where the trees are location. Visit the Citizen Science page to tell us what see when you check a nesting spot.