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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I do if I find an injured bird?
Call Environmental 257-7000 or 257-7129. The natural resources staff will help you identify the species and instruct you on how to proceed.

2. How can I get involved with Natural Resources?
The Environmental Department offers a number of volunteer opportunities. Including our Weed Warrior Volunteer Program (link to Volunteer Page).

3. Who should I contact if I have a rodent problem or bird nesting on a building?
Contact Facilities Trouble Desk at 257-2380.

4. Can I walk my dog on the beach?
Yes. However, dogs are not allowed on the beaches between the hours of 1000-1500 and they must remain leashed and under physical control at all times. Dogs are not allowed in any of the Wildlife Management Areas, including the Nu’upia Ponds running trail.  The Pa Honua housing area has a dog park to exercise and socialize your pet.

5. Where can I bird-watch?
The Nu’upia Ponds Running Trail is a great opportunity to spot some unique wildlife. Please be sure to abide by the signage and remain on the designated trail.

6. What can I collect from the beach as a souvenir?
Due to the erosional concerns and archeological sensitivity of MCB Hawaii’s shorelines and beaches, removal of sand for any purpose is NOT allowed. State law prohibits the removal of sand and coral from all Hawaii beaches. Removing any amount of coral, alive or dead from the beaches and oceans is illegal. Sand must either be procured commercially or you may contact Base Facilities to see if they have any sand stockpiled. For further information regarding sand removal, contact the Environmental Natural Resources staff at 257-7000/ 257-7129.

7. Am I allowed to 4WD / Off-Road on MCBH properties?
There is no authorized off-roading on any MCB Hawaii installations or properties. MCBH Base Order (BO) P1710.1 Base Recreational Activities Ch 1-2 and State law prohibits driving on beaches. For additional information contact the MCB Hawaii Conservation Law Enforcement Officer.

8. Can I go running along the ponds?
Yes! Please abide by the signage, remain on the designated trail (Nu’upia Pond Running Trail), and leave pets at home. Dogs are not allowed in the Wildlife Management Area or running trails.

9. Can I feed wild animals on base?
No. Please do not feed any animals on base unless they are your personal, domesticated pet. Base Order P5233.2 Base Pet and Wildlife Regulations prohibits the feeding of any wild animals on MCBH properties.  Feeding feral animals such as cats, ducks, mongoose, birds, etc. lead to a disruption of the natural foraging process, cause them to become a nuisance, and in some cases a health and human safety issue. This excess of food can lead to an overpopulation and eventual lack of resources for the entire population.  Leftover food will also attract unwanted pest species, e.g., rodents, ants, mongoose.

10. Who do I call if I find an animal on the beach?
Call Base Environmental 257-7000 or 257-7129 and we can help identify the animal and contact the proper authorities.

11. Are open fires or imus allowed on the beaches?
No, open fires are not allowed anywhere on MCBH according to BO 11320.6C Fire Regulations.  All fires must be contained and off the ground, e.g., hibatchi grills, smokey joes, gas grills. 
Imu pits (underground ovens) require an environmental impact review, Federal Fire Dept approval, and a dig permit before creating an imu. 

12. Where can I fish or hunt?
If you have a fishing permit, you have the option of fishing at Fort Hase or the Marina Fuel Pier. Be sure to check for the most recent fishing regulations (link directly to the fishing regulation page). B.O. prohibits the use of barbed hooks and spearing crustaceans. There is no hunting program on MCBH.

Environmental Factoids

  • The Pacific contains 84% of the US coral reefs.  Marine Corp Base Hawaii is the only Marine Corps Base with coral reefs.
  • MCBH is home to approximately 10% of the endangered Hawaiian Stilt and Hawaiian coot population in Hawaii.
  • The US spends $2M per year to prevent the brown tree snake from entering Hawaii.
  • The Marine Corps has spent over $2.5M to remove approximately 30 acres of mangrove from the base’s Nu’upia Ponds since the early 1980s.
  • Hawaii has 437 threatened and endangered plant, animal, and insect species. There are 12 federally endangered species on MCBH including: Hawaiian Duck, Hawaiian Stilt, Yellow-faced Bee, Ohai, Hawksbill Turtle, and the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
  • The Nu’upia Ponds encompasses 517 acres.
  • MCHB has 128 acres of wetlands.
  • MCBH’s Ulupa’u Crater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is one of only two main Hawaiian island locations that support large Red-footed Booby colonies; the other is the Kilauea Wildlife Refuge on Kauai managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
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