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New Haleakalā National Park releases new film on Saving Forest Birds  

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  • NPS Photo. Behind the scenes filming Heart of Maui. Left to right David Ehrenberg- Erika Kekiwi- Chris Warren 2022. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Behind the scenes Heart of Maui Film an Iwi feeds on a mamane blossom 2022. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Heart of Maui Erika Kekiwi surveys for birds. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Heart of Maui Behind the Scenes. David Ehrenberg films Chris Warren and Erika Kekiwi installing a songmeter. 2022. PC: Haleakalā National Park
  • NPS Photo Heart of Maui Behind the scenes. A rare image of an ‘Ākohekohe. PC: Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park released a new film, Heart of Maui.  This 7.5 minute documentary follows two biologists working to save Hawaiʻi’s critically endangered forest birds. The film describes the cause of the birds’ catastrophic decline and what is at risk if action is not taken soon. 

“Prior to the introduction of mosquitoes into Hawaiʻi, forest birds were found from mauka to makai,” said Chief of Interpretation, Education & Volunteers Jin Prugsawan Harlow. “This film offers a rare glimpse into some of the only habitat that remains for these birds, on the eastern slopes of Haleakalā.”  She added: “Those who watch it will understand the critical need to control mosquitoes and avian malaria.”

Heart of Maui was funded by the National Park Service and the Haleakalā Conservancy, the park’s official philanthropic partner. The film was directed and filmed by David Ehrenberg.

To view the park film Heart of Maui visit:


More information on forest birds and the efforts to save them can be found at: and www.Haleakalā


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