North Oahu Birding Locations

The northern tip of Oahu is comprised of four main birding spots along a few mile stretch of Route 83 (Kamehameha Highway). This area includes Kahuku Golf Course, James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Fumi Shrimp Ponds, and Kuilima Waste Water Treatment Plant. This area is most productive for waterfowl and shorebirds and therefore is best visited during the winter months or during migration.


The northern tip of the island  is the eastern most part of what is commonly called the “North Shore” and can be accessed from the west along the Kamehameha Hwy via Haleiwa or from the east along the Kam Highway via Kaneohe. If visiting form Honolulu, it is recommended to approach the area from the east (Kaneohe) as traffic will most likely be lighter. Expect the drive from Honolulu to the Kahuku area to take 1 hour 15 min. Site directions are given assuming an approach from the east.

Kahuku Golf Course (The Bristle-thighed Curlew spot)

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge

Fumi’s Shrimp Ponds

Kuilima Waste Water Treatment Plant

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