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Michael Walther


Oahu Nature Tours was founded in October, 1995 by Michael Walther. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Los Angeles, California, he first visited Hawaii in December 1972 for several months. In March 1980, he moved to Kauai and, while living in Poipu Beach, became interested in the native honeycreepers that survived in the remote Alakai Wilderness area. In November 1980, Michael returned to the mainland.

For the next 15 years he lived and worked in California but the memory of the colorful and disappearing honeycreepers stayed with him. During his last year in college, the fate of the Hawaii's native birds became the focal point of his research. In 1994, He choose to return to Hawaii "The endangered Species Capital of the World," to study the birds and do what he could to help them survive. For three months, Michael surveyed the native forest bird populations on Kauai to determine their status. His results were published in the Journal of the Hawaiian Audubon Society, Elepaio. Later, he returned to California to earn his degree and, after graduating with high honors in March 1995 in Anthropology and Environmental Studies, he arrived to Maui and volunteered for The National Biological Survey. Michael participated in a project studying several of the rarest birds on Earth, including the Maui Akepa, Maui Nukupu'u, Poouli, Maui Parrotbill and the Crested Honeycreeper. He worked on a research team that was surveying the wild, wet and windy slopes of the world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala.

In the Fall of 1995, Michael, with the help of his brother Mark, started Oahu Nature Tours. The company slogan is "Conservation Through Education." The original tour van was a used, six passenger Dodge Caravan. Today Oahu Nature Tours has two 15 passenger, air conditioned Chevy Express vans, and five 25 passenger Ford minibuses, and employs 15 excellent nature guides.

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Cecilia Walther

Contracts and Website Design

Cecilia developed an interest in nature at an early age and she enjoyed many outdoor excursions with her parents as a child. She holds a doctoral degree in law and political science.

She has been married to Michael since 1998. She works full time with Oahu Nature Tours and is able to utilize her interest in web and graphic design to help the company grow.

Karen Langley

Groups Coordinator Aloha, I am thrilled to be living here in Paradise! I was born in Michigan and moved to Los Angeles, California at a very young age. I grew up in the entertainment industry as a child actor becoming a proud member of Screen Actor Guild. After completing high school with honors, and continuing my training at The Actors Studio, I was seen in several commericals & television shows. While continuing my education in theatre arts in college, I joined several established management and talent agencies to become a talent associate. Later relocating to Oahu with my family, I joined the ONT staff and enjoy living among the wonderful people of this magnificent, beautiful island with the Aloha spirit!