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The Hawaii Bird Records Committee (HBRC) was formed in 2014 to provide a formal venue and standard protocol for reviewing bird reports in the Hawaiian Islands and to maintain and periodically update an official Hawaiian Islands bird checklist. The HBRC consists of seven members and is an official committee of the Western Field Ornithologists (WFO). Reports of HBRC activities will be published periodically in Western Birds. The HBRC established a set of bylaws, including a definition of the area of its jurisdiction, criteria for including species in the checklist, standards for judging establishment of introduced species, and protocols for conducting reviews. According to the bylaws of the HBRC, the “Hawaiian Islands” are considered to include all islands that are part of the State of Hawaii plus Midway Atoll (which is part of the Hawaiian Archipelago but is an unincorporated territory of the United States and not part of the state) and all waters within 370.4 km (200 nautical miles) of the coast of the Hawaiian Islands.