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Fauna You Might Find While Paddleboarding the Anahulu River July 26, 2018

North Shore, Waialua
Fauna You Might Find While Paddleboarding the Anahulu River, Waialua, Hawaii

When you’re on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, you can’t skip a paddleboarding or kayaking trip along the Anahulu River. While you gaze at the lush scenery and cerulean water, you’ll hear birds chirping, toads croaking, and vibrant fish splashing. You might also glimpse one of the following three native species.

3 Species You Might Find While Paddleboarding or Kayaking on the Anahulu

1. Green Sea Turtle or Honu (Chelonia mydas)

Named for its green-tinged skin, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, or honu as it’s known in Hawaii, can weigh up to 300 pounds. More commonly, however, they’re about 2.5 feet long and weigh between 100 and 165 pounds. Many live over 50 years. Large communities of these gentle, majestic creatures reside in the Anahulu River, so you can almost always spot one swimming by or lounging along the bank.

2. Nopoli Rock-Climbing Goby (Sicyopterus stimpsoni)

The Nopoli rock-climbing goby, also known as o‘opu nopili, earned its name from its remarkable ability to scale waterfalls with its mouth and belly suckers. While typically neutral-toned, the males become vibrant shades of red and blue when they search for mates. They generally don’t grow larger than about eight inches in length. If you cruise the river during the summer months, you may catch sight of one of these colorful fish.

3. Crimson Hawaiian Damselfly (Megalagrion leptodemas)

paddleboardingThe crimson Hawaiian damselfly gets its name from its bold red coloring. The damselflies look lovely as they flit along Anahulu River lily pads, but unfortunately may not exist for much longer. According to the the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Megalagrion leptodemas is an endangered species. To preserve the insect, conservationists must control certain types of invasive fish and work to protect natural habitats, including streams and surrounding forests.


To embark on your own paddleboarding or kayaking adventure, head to the North Shore’s favorite destination. Since 2013, Tsue’s Farm in Haleiwa has offered a range of fun-filled family activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. After your river adventure, grab some shave ice and a delicious bite from the shrimp truck. To learn more about the adventure destination’s offerings, visit the website or call (808) 744-5428 today.