What is save our shearwaters?

Initiated by the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources/ Division of Forestry and Wildlife in 1979 to respond to the annual grounding of hundreds of light-attracted fledgling shearwaters and petrels, Save Our Shearwaters has evolved into a multispecies rehabilitation effort based out of the Kauai Humane Society. The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) funds the program with the focus on shearwaters and petrels.


Where is SOS located?

Save Our Shearwaters is located inside the Kauai Humane Society at 3-825 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766.


When is SOS open?

We are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Wednesday but staff still present) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesdays please call ahead at (808) 635-5117 as the shelter is closed but staff are still present from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have a bird emergency, a staff member can always be reached via the SOS hotline phone - (808) 635-5117.


What species does SOS rehabilitate?

We are the only Federal and State permitted facility on Kaua‘i approved to rehabilitate native Hawaiian species. We accept all native Hawaiian birds and the Hawaiian hoary bat for rehabilitation. Click here to see a list of common native Hawaiian species.


I found an injured bird, how do i care for it?

It is against the law to keep or care for any wildlife in Hawai‘i without rehabilitation permits, even if you plan on releasing them.

Please do not attempt to offer food or water to a bird. These birds have special diets and feeding them incorrectly can cause more harm than good. We encourage you to contact us immediately regarding an injured, orphaned or sick bird so that it can be provided the appropriate care.

Click here for more bird rescue advice.