Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub to host benefit night for endangered birds

Half of the night’s pint sales will go to benefit Maui’s native forest birds from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 and Dec. 27 at Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub in Kahana.

Since September 2009, the quarterly “Pint Nights for the Birds” benefits have helped raise money for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.

The brewpub is located at the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center, 4405 Honoapiilani Highway.

The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is a research organization that was created in 1997. Its mission is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui’s endangered birds. Its main research and management is centered on the rare and critically endangered Kiwikiu, or Maui Parrotbill. This bird is found only high in the forests of Haleakala, and there are only around 500 left in the wild.

Color-banded Kiwikiu are marked and re-sighted to determine territories, pairs and survival. These data are used to determine reproductive success as well as factors most influential in limiting the population.

One of the main recovery goals for the Kiwikiu is to reintroduce them to the dry side of Haleakala where they were once found. This area is vastly deforested, thus much restoration is needed. The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project has initiated a program to restore the area and eventually reintroduce the Kiwikiu to the Nakula Natural Area Reserve.

For more information about “Pint Night for the Birds” events, call Laura Berthold at 573-0280 or email For more information on Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, visit