Turkeys and rain do not mix….

Where do the turkeys in Hawaii come from?

“So where do all our modern day turkeys come from? Well, the book “The Wild Turkey” by James G. Dickson of the United States Forest Service traces it all back to 1961 when some wild Rio Grande turkeys were released on the Big Island at Puu Waawaa Ranch. From 1961 to 1963 there were a total of about 400 wild Texas turkeys released on all six major Hawaiian Islands.

These birds prefer the dry, higher elevations and have thrived on the Big Island, Molokai and Lanai but not fared so well on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

It has been estimated that as many as 16,000 turkeys are now on the islands from those original 400.
And now you know where all those turkeys came from!”

Quote/Source Hawaii Life

Turkeys…..caught in the rain. ©TBGP