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Hakalau Forest Refuge Offering Guided Tour on Earth Day

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting its annual open house in honor of Earth Day on April 18, 2015.  The family-oriented event gives participants a chance to experience the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island.

Guided hikes will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to see rare native birds and plants, tour the refuge greenhouse, experience high-elevation ancient forest habitats, and learn about preservation techniques.

Guests must provide their own four-wheel-drive vehicle to the Refuge, a two hour drive from Hilo, Waimea, or Kona.  Reservations are required and can by made by calling (808) 443-2300 through Wednesday, Apr. 15.  Directions, maps, and additional information will be provided to all participants before the tour.

The Refuge is only open to the public for special tours one or two times every year.

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