Mānana Island Seabird Sanctuary, also known as Rabbit Island, is a beautiful 67-acre island located just off the coast of Makapuu lighthouse on Oʻahu. This seabird sanctuary is home to over 10,000 wedge-tailed shearwaters, 80,000 sooty terns, 20,000 brown noddys, 5–10 Bulwer’s petrels and 10–15 red-footed boobies.
The island was first discovered by Captain William Brown in 1794 who named it Mānana after his ship. The island has been uninhabited since the 1940s when the last family living there moved away. Since then it has become a protected seabird sanctuary and access to the island is only allowed with a permit from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).
Today Mānana Island can be seen on Hawaii Turtle Tour and North Shore Beach Bus as they travel around the island. It’s an amazing sight to see thousands of birds nesting in this remote location. The waters surrounding the island are also home to many species of fish and other marine life making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.
The DLNR works hard to protect this unique habitat from human disturbance by enforcing strict regulations such as no swimming or fishing in the area. They also work closely with local organizations such as Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to monitor any changes in wildlife populations or threats that may arise due to human activities.
Mānana Island Seabird Sanctuary is an important part of Hawaii’s natural history and its protection is essential for preserving its unique ecosystem for future generations. It’s an incredible place to visit where you can witness nature at its finest and appreciate all that our islands have to offer.