I malama a I ho'opakele
I na manu 'aukai o Kaua'i
To save and protect Kauai Seabirds
The St. Regis Princeville's seabird protection program is committed to the safe passage of Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels to and from their ocean environment. We are working with Governmental wildlife regulatory agencies and actively participating in the Kaua'i Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan process.
From September through December, Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrel chicks raised in the interior high elevations on Kaua'i take their first flights from their burrows towards the ocean- this first ocean bound trip occurs at night. Some of these fledgling birds are attracted to man-made lights, and natural lighting reflections on ponds, streams, roads, houses and parking lots. Some of these birds become fatigued and land on the ground. Once on the ground they have difficulty becoming airborne again.
The St. Regis Princeville is working with Reginald David, an experienced consulting bird biologist who has worked with and on seabird issues in the Hawaiian Islands for more than 20 years to assist us in developing and implementing the seabird program, which includes:
- Reduced exterior lighting to the extent possible, consistent with guest and employee safety.
- Installed light deflection shields on lights necessary for safety to make them less visible from the air.
- Installed low wattage fully shielded LED lighting in exterior areas of the resort.
- Parking lot lights are shielded and pointed downward.
- Installed bollard lighting with deflection shields on walkways and turned off overhead lights in areas that may pose a potential attraction to Newell's Shearwaters.
The St. Regis Princeville was closed for renovation from September 2008 and reopened on September 26, 2009. Mr. David worked with the contracted lighting designers during the hotel's renovation to reduce lighting that might potentially have an impact on nocturnally flying seabirds to the maximum extent possible.
Prior to the hotel reopening on October 1, 2009, Mr. David also provided training to staff upon returning to work. Training is also included as part of new hire orientation.
Shearwater fallout season occurs from September through December each year. During the Shearwater season, our security staff inspects the grounds of the hotel at least twice a day and staff members actively look for birds that have landed on the property. We also distribute a letter to all hotel guests at check-in that encourages them to close their louvered window panels at night to shield light sources that may attract fledgling shearwaters and that also provide information on the birds, the SOS program and the St. Regis Princeville's commitment to the conservation of native island resources.
The St. Regis Princeville has long partnered with the "Save our Shearwaters" program to operate a Shearwater Aid station to accept downed birds from the greater Princeville area. All of the birds that land on the property are turned over to the Save our Shearwaters program. The vast majority of birds are released within hours of collection. Those that are injured receive appropriate veterinary and rehabilitation care and are released back into the wild when healthy.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort actively incorporates policies that protect these seabirds. Our staff are trained and dedicated to help the young Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels find their way to the ocean safely.
Alan Kimura, Business Agent, ILWU Local 142: The ILWU is aware that their members have been trained and support The St. Regis Princeville's Seabird Protection Program.
Stephanie Kaluahine Reid
Director, Public Relations