Kapapa State Wildlife Sanctuary

Size:                                    7 Acres
Access:                                Restricted to areas below high water mark.  Commercial activities by permit only.
Seabird Species Present:    Uʻau Kani or Wedged-Tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) and ʻOu or Bulwer’s petrels, various common shorebird species.
Threats:                               Khaki Weed (Alternanthera pungens), Ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia), She Oak (Casuarina glauca), Sea Grape (Tournefortia argentea), Sourbush (Pluchea spp.), Sandbur (Chenchrus spp.), Spanish Needles (Bidens alba var. radiata), Pickle Weed (Batis maritima), New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides), Prostrate Spurge (Chamaesyce prostrate), Lamb’s Quarters   (Chenopodium murale), Pualele (Emilia fosbergii), Lantana (Lantana camara), Haole Koa (Leucaena leucocephala), Huehue Haole (Passiflora suberosa), Portulaca spp., Reichardia (Reichardia picroides), Sidastrum (Sidastrum micranthum), Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus),  Dropseed (Sporobolus pyramidatus), Vervain (Stachytarpheta jamaicense), Mice (Mus musculus), Rats (Rattus rattus), various grasses.

Management Goals and Objectives:

  1. Monitor and reduce the impact of invasive ants, mammals, and raptors on seabird breeding success. Monitor for presence of rodents and remove mice.
  2. Monitor seabird nesting populations.
  3. Enhance seabird-nesting habitat through removal of ironwood, beggar’s tick, and sandbur. Install artificial burrows. Survey and remove other invasive incipient weeds.
  4. Perform habitat restoration activities. Survey and remove highly invasive incipient weed species.
  5. Protect public safety due to the island being a dangerous landing location.
Summary of WTSH nesting on Kapapa Island from 1997 to 2010. No surveys were done in 1998, 2002, 2005, and 2006.