Over millions of years these isolated islands were slowly populated by animals arriving over vast distances. Twenty-four hundred miles from the nearest continent or island group, the Hawaiian Islands are known for their ecological diversity and endemic fauna. Around 95 percent of native Hawaiian animals are found nowhere else in the world, having evolved here on the islands following colonization by their ancestors. Kalaupapa peninsula is rich with marine and terrestrial wildlife.
In addition to native species, humans brought non-native species to the Hawaiian Islands. The lists below includes all species found in Kalaupapa including both native and non-native animals.
Use the below search function to see the list of the fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles that call Kalaupapa home. This search function also lets users see a list of vascular plants in Kalaupapa. Select a species category to narrow down your search field.
The Checklist contains only those species designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park. The Full List includes all the checklist species and species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported as being found in the park. The Full List also contains species that are in review because their status in the park hasn't been confirmed. Additional details about each species' status are included in the Full List.
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Illustrated Species List
The links below lead to an illustrated guide of Kalaupapa species cataloged on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa website.
Last updated: December 19, 2022