Laysan Albatross Nesting
Black-footed Albatross Nesting
Resident Monk Seals
Seabird Species

Wildlife Residents of Kure


Today, the overwhelming majority of Hawaii’s seabirds are restricted to the NWHI where they constitute one of the largest and most important assemblages of seabirds in the world. There are 18 seabird species on Hōlanikū.

Kure Atoll Field Research Station Camp Facilities

The State of Hawaiiʻs DLNR/DOFAW Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary research field station facilitates a comprehensive wildlife habitat restoration and natural resources education program of research, education, and facility development that services management actions needed to protect and maintain native wildlife resources and ecosystem function at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary.

The main structures are the main house, the cistern, the tool shed, the lua (bathroom), and the bunkhouse. The first three are old structures built in 1960 for the Coast Guard LORAN Station that was ongoing until 1993. Today, they are used to provide shelter, storage, and other basic needs for field camp operations.

When not working, the crew stays within the camp to rest and recuperate.  With a food pantry, kitchen, communications area, and entertainment bookshelf, the main house, and bunkhouse, is where most of one’s time is spent on the days off.

The Shipwrecks of Kure
British Whaler Gledstanes
Kelly Gleason investigates an anchor at the British whaling ship Gledstanes at Kure Atoll. Credit: NOAA/Casserley.
American Whaling Ship Parker
Kelly Gleason investigates an anchor in the bow section of the Parker shipwreck site. Credit: NOAA/Casserley.
British Sailing Vessel Dunnottar Castle
Sailing vessel Dunnottar Castle, wrecked at Kure Atoll in 1886. Credit: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library).
American Side Wheel Steamer USS Saginaw
Sketch of USS Saginaw on the reef at Kure Atoll. Credit: George H. Read, 1912

Partnerships Make This Possible

None of what we do would be possible without the support and collaboration of our partners, community, and field campers.

Donations Make This Possible

The role of Kure Atoll Conservancy (KAC) is to provide critical funding that supports all aspects of the State of Hawaiiʻs Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary research field station operations, logistics, and personnel.

Dedication Makes This Possible

Those that show up and give more than what they take to make all of this work possible while minimizing our impact.