He‘eia Reserve, Hawai’i



State Partner

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology



Est. Date


Hawai‘i’s He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve was founded in 2017. Its 1,385 acres include the estuary of the ahupua‘a of He‘eia on Kāne‘ohe Bay. The Reserve protects unique ecosystems, including the He‘eia Stream, coral reefs, sand flats, an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, as well as traditional agricultural and heritage lands. It is home to the endangered Hawaiian stilt, moorhen, coot, and duck. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology is the lead state partner and is located on Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island) within the Reserve.

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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

Located within the Kāneʻohe Bay estuary on the windward side of Oʻahu, the He’eia Reserve includes significant historic and cultural resources.

Latest News from the He’eia Reserve

Living As the World

Living As the World

Can you put a price tag on the feeling you get when you spot a rare bird at the water’s edge? Or the weightlessness you experience when launching a canoe? How about the glow of feeding your community with fish you’ve caught with your family?

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He‘eia Reserve, Hawai’i