Hosmer Grove

Kula, Maui, Hawaii

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Hosmer Grove is located just inside of Haleakala National Park but we felt that it deserved it's own page since it is one of the only easily accessible spots on Maui where you can find some of the native honeycreepers. Without even leaving the pavement, you might see I'iwi, Hawaii Amakihi, Maui Alauahio, and Apapane. If you get really lucky, you could see Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill) or Akohekohe (Crested Honeycreeper). The area was an experimental forest that had been created in order to attempt to create a viable timber industry on the island. Very few of the species survived but a few have become very aggressive invasive species. The national park is now attempting to restore the habitat and preserve the native Hawaiian ecosystem. Hosmer Grove is also that access point for special tours into Waikamoi Preserve.

Specialty Species:

Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill) - This is the rarest of all of Maui's native species that are not yet extinct with only an estimated 500 left in the wild. This species rarely passes through Hosmer Grove but it has been spotted here before.

Hawaii Amakihi - This species is prevalent in Hosmer Grove. You are likely to see this on most visits to the area.

Maui Alauahio - While harder to find than the Amakihi, this species occurs regularly in the area.

I'iwi - This is one of the iconic Hawaiian species and Hosmer Grove is a good spot to find this species.

Akohekohe - The Akohekohe, like the Kiwikiu, is extremely rare in this area.

Apapane - Of all of the native honeycreepers, this is the most common one at Hosmer Grove.

Where to Bird:

The best birding at Hosmer Grove is around the parking area. The birds are most active in the morning and tend to fly back and forth across the road and parking lot. Once you park, walk back along road that you drove in on. Many of the birds like to feed in the large trees on the right side of the road. The birds are most active in the morning but some will stick around all day.

Once you have thoroughly birded along the road, take the trail into the woods. Many of the birds that you will see in this area will be introduced species such as Japanese White-eye, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and House Sparrow, along with some rarer ones.


Open at all hours.


$10 for a 3 day pass


Birding along the roadway is wheelchair accessible but the trail is more rugged.


The trail through Hosmer Grove is 0.75 miles long.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:




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Nearby Birding:

Kealia Pond NWR
Kanaha Pond
Haleakala National Park
Waikamoi Preserve
Molokini Islet