Governor Josh Green, MD | DLNR Press Release: PEOPLE CAUSING NĒNĒ DEATHS


Posted on January 24, 2023 in Latest department news, Press room

(KAHULUI) – A a nēnē woman was struck and killed by a passenger truck on the Haleakalā Expressway near the Dairy Road/Keolani Place interchange in Kahului Last Tuesday. This result has become all too familiar in recent years and DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) wants to make Hawaiians aware that these human-caused deaths are preventable.

The nēnē are protected by the federal government and are listed as an endangered species in Hawaii. They are also protected by the laws of Hawaii. Fifty years ago, the species was on the brink of extinction, completely absent from Maui and with fewer than 30 geese running free in the entire state.

Successful conservation and recovery efforts, including habitat restoration and Endangered Species Act protections, led to their reintroduction to Maui and a recovered population of over 3,000 nēnē statewide. Unfortunately, great advances are met with steps backwards.that are preventable.

The ability to see nēnē and other endangered species in your community or on your trip is a privilege., but it implies some responsibility. Being mindful to avoid influencing animal behavior and potentially causing negative animal-human interactions protects our natural resources.

During the winter nesting season, geese look for easy food sources and explore new areas. They are good fliers, but they cannot launch themselves straight up to avoid cars. Therefore, drivers should slow down and watch for bird movements when they appear near a road or highway.

Feeding nēnē and other protected species is illegal under Hawaii state law. Making food or water available to wildlife attracts birds and other animals to food courts, busy highways, and parking lots, luring them into dangerous and potentially fatal situations.

DOFAW reminds residents that the Human-caused mortality of nēnē is a persistent concern affecting bird populations in the Kahului area and throughout the state.

If you accidentally hurt wildlife, please report it. Timely information helps protect these animals. If you see resource damage or violations, please call DOCARE at (808) 643-DLNR (3567) or report it via the DLNRTip app.

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(All images/video courtesy: DLNR)

HD Video – Nene PSA (March 30, 2017):

Nene Road Strikes Press Clips (December 28, 2016):

Photos – Baby on Kaua’i and Maui:


ryan aguilar

Communications Specialist

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

[email protected]

(808) 587-0396