Pets & Wildlife in Princeville

Princeville is a pet friendly community. You may enjoy walking or running with your pet in the Princeville parks and the many paths. We do ask you to adhere to the community and government rules regarding animals: 

PHCA Rules Article II Section 5:
All pets will be kept in adherence to the laws of the State of Hawaii and County of Kauai, and the Declaration. This includes but is not limited to the Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 143 and Kauai County Code Section 22 and the requirement that dogs and cats over the age of 3 months must be microchipped.

An Occupant may raise, keep and maintain a reasonable number of dogs, cats or other common household pets if they are not kept or bred or maintained for any commercial purpose.

At no time shall any person abandon an animal (domestic or feral) in the PHCA Community. No owner shall permit or cause any dog, cat, or any animal, whether the pet is licensed, to become stray.

No owner shall allow their animal to become a nuisance on neighboring private properties or PHCA common areas. 

Common Areas:
Pets are permitted in the Common Areas with exception to the Prince Albert Park Pavilion, Playground, and Community Center building.
Pets must always be carried or confined to a leash held by a responsible person.
Pets may not roam the Common Areas unattended at any time.
Pets designated as service animals as defined by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be exempt from certain rules.
Occupants shall be responsible for any damages to the Common Areas caused by their pets.

PHCA Rules Article II Section 19:
It is an offense for any person to feed or offer food to any native Hawaiian wetland bird or feral animal, or to leave food unsecured in a manner that makes the food available to wetland birds or feral animals.

Feral Animals include, but are not limited to cats, pigs, and chickens.
Native Hawaiian wetland birds include the Hawaiian goose (Nēnē), Hawaiian duck (Koloa maoli), Hawaiian gallinule (ʻAlaeʻula), Hawaiian stilt (Aeʻo), Hawaiian coot (ʻAlae keʻokeʻo).

Homeowners known to feed feral animals are subject to a fine of $150.

Kauai County Code Leash Law Section 22, Article 2
Dogs must be under control of their owner by a leash (not more than eight feet long) when off the owner’s property. 

Roosters & Chickens

Kaua'i has an abundance of roosters and chickens!

DO NOT FEED the chickens. Feeding chickens compounds the problem by enticing them to the area. The noise pollution robs residents and guests of sleep and peace of mind. The chickens ruin gardens and landscaping, and they prey on endangered and federally protected native birds' eggs and chicks. 

While they are protected in public areas, they are not protected when on private property. They can be trapped and euthanized. We do NOT recommend shooting the chickens with BB guns or pellet guns. Click here for the County rules regarding this issue

If you find yourself bothered by roosters on your property, the PHCA has chicken traps available for use by residents.

Click here to reserve a trap Chicken Trap Use Form.

Laysan Albatross (mōlī)

We are fortunate to enjoy the presence of albatross (mōlī) throughout our community. Princeville is the ONLY HUMAN COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD where the mōlī nest. Albatross females all over the world can lay only one egg each per year, max. No exceptions. If the egg is harmed, the nesting season is over. Since Princeville is the only human community where albatross nest, we have the privilege and the responsibility (kuleana) to protect them.

These birds evolved without predators for millions of years so they have no predator protection instincts. Humans, however, have changed that. When we arrived, we brought predators with us. You can help:

* Keep your pet cat indoors.
* Refrain from feeding feral cats, which hunt instinctively irrespective of hunger. Feral cats have learned to hunt and kill Mōlī chicks from the first day they hatch. Kauaʻi County law defines a person (or business or corporation) that feeds a feral cat as the legal owner of that cat, and therefore liable for its behavior.
* Keep your dog on a leash and call Princeville Patrol (808-826-6181) if you see any off-leash dogs.
* Don't leave water or food for the mōlī. They don't need it and the food may attract predators that will attack the birds.  

The Laysan albatross are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and enforced by federal law. Fines for harming, threatening, or killing the birds can reach $10,000. Please stay at least 15 feet away from the nest.

Photos courtesy of Hob Osterlund.

For more interesting facts about these beautiful birds, visit Kaua'i Albatross Network website - click here.

Shearwater Birds

Wedge-Tailed Shearwater

Thought to be extinct by 1908, Newell’s Shearwaters were rediscovered in 1947 and found breeding on Kauaʻi in 1967. These birds are easily distinguished by their 'formal wear' of black and white plumage, dark bill and pink legs with black toes. The Newell’s Shearwater is on the Highly Endangered list and at risk from loose cats and off-leash dogs. Federal law protects the birds, their nests and eggs; fines for harming, harassing, or killing the birds can reach $10,000.

Newell’s Shearwaters nest in burrows or on the surface under cover. A single white egg is laid during the first two weeks of June. The young birds leave the nest (fledge) in October when they fly out to sea and are no longer dependent on their parents.

During fledging season (September 15 - December 15), the Newell's Shearwaters can become disoriented by excess lighting. The Humane Society and a group of Hanalei Elementary school kids recommend reducing the "light attraction" by taking the following actions: 

  • Turn off unnecessary outdoor lights.
  • Replace fixtures that scatter light in all directions (such as globe and carriage lights) with directional fixtures that point down and away from the sky.
  • Shield the light source. Use materials such as aluminum flashing to direct light where it is needed and prevent exposing the bulb to the sky.
  • Replace white incandescent, fluorescent, and high-intensity lighting with a maximum 40-watt yellow bug light.
  • If you have large windows, draw drapes at night to keep interior lights from attracting the birds.
  • Keep your dogs and cats supervised and controlled at all times.

Watch the robotics team at Hanalei School talk about these options here.

North Shore Aid Stations (during peak season, September 15 - December 15)Kilauea Medical Group, Hanalei Liquor Store, Princeville Fire Dept.
The best first choice is to bring 
the bird to the Save Our Shearwaters (SOS) facility at the Kaua'i Humane Society; call (808) 635-5117 or visit

Save Our Shearwaters is the only federal and state permitted facility on Kaua'i approved to rehabilitate native Hawaiian birds including shearwaters and the Hawaiian hoary bat.