Wildlife refuge hosts open house Saturday

The public is invited to an open house at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. Guided rain forest hikes will be offered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants and to learn about refuge management practices. Attendees may also tour a 115-year-old koa cabin and a greenhouse. Other information about conservation in Hawaii will be available at Pua Akala Barn.

Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea or Kailua-Kona. Reservations are required; call the refuge office in Hilo at 443-2300 by today. A map, directions and additional information will be mailed to all participants.