Birds and Plants of Hawaii

This information is for educational purposes only, and is available in "Wao Akua."

Hawaii's forests are filled with fragile and wonderful things, some of which are in serious danger of becoming extinct.
In the next Century may see restoration of of some of these valuable, rare, native forests, or, like so many fragile and wonderful things, they may be swept away. There are many citizens of Hawaii who are working to protect their sacred resources. To preserve4 these valuable resources we all need to do what is scientifically and spiritually wise.

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Naio flower

Naio is a dry/forest coastal shrub or tree found in association with mamane on the wetern slopes of Mauna Kea but also relatively common elsewhere in Hawai'i. The somewhat wood of Naio, or false sandalwood, served as a poor substitute after most of the true sandalwood trees had been cut for export. Naio was frequently used in the building of Hawaiian houses.

Photo by Jack Jeffrey

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The Palila bird is highly vulnerable to weather-relatedannual fluctuations in seed availability. This bird needs a highly specific diet: the fantastic finch-like bill enables it to feed on the seeds of the endemic mamane. The subalpine dry forest habitat of the mamane and palila is one of the most threatened in Hawai'i.

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Anianiao

This smallest of the native Hawaiian birds is endemic to the island of Kaua'i. There it is relatively widespread in the upland forests, where it is able to tolerate significant habitat disturbance from alien plants.

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Akohekohe

Alightning on the crimson lehua flowers, the akohekohe of Maui is easily distinguished by its sizable tuft of feathers above the beak. The akohekohe spends most of its time feeding on lehua nectar and is likely one of the tree's most active pollinators

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Hesperomannia arbuscula

This endangere plant, related to the daisy family is a member of Hawaii's endemic genus. The pollinator is unknown and is likely extinct, as this unusual flower does not produce seeds. Propagation from cuttings and tissue cultures has been attempted with no success.

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Hawai'i Amakihi

In areas where native birds are still found, ohi'a lehua are filled with the sounds of birds such as the i'iwi, amakihi, and apapane seeking out its nectar. The amakihi, one of the most common native forest birds, pictured here, drinking lehua nectar.

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Elepaio

This is the most sociable of native birds. If you are in a forest it may pearch very near your head. Elepaio is renowned for its mischief and ability to guide people to the best canoe logs. The elepaio is also perhaps the world's most versatile bird in terms of foraging habitat.

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Hawai'i Akepa

Akepa is unique among Hawai'i's birds. Endemic to the island of Hawai'i.It also has developed a highly unusual bill. It's lower bill curves to one side, making it asymmetric. This helps it to pry open buds to snare the insects within.

Threats to this beautiful bird's survival comes from mosquito-born avian diseases, pigs, nest prdation by rats, and introduced yellow jackets and ants, which compete with it for prey.

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Sam 'Ohukani'ohi'a GonIII, scientist, kahuna, and poet writes:

Ha'alipolipo ka nahele mauka o Waolani e
Ha'aniponipo i ke kawaha ma'ukele
Ha'ale'ale i hali'a aloha e

Gon says,

The hill called Waolani is pointed to as the place from which human beings sprang, and the hill and the theme of creation are linked in that one line. To have experienced such a place and stood in the forest there, how could the heart not be filled with aloha?


Thank you Inda.

There is so much to be done to save the plants and animals on this earth, as we know it today. So many species are endangered, and so many are already extinct.
It needs the effort of every nation, and for that matter, every human being to lend a helping hand to preserve all the natural beauty what is left.

Love,
yoko
Thank you for this very lovely post.

Yoko is right, we all need to do our part to save the natural beauty of our world.

Love,
Vicky 2Hearts

I picked up this image and text from one of your earliest posts, Inda. I hope you don't mind my posting it here?


The Silversword is a very unique plant, only found in Hawaii.


The Hawaiian silversword is an indigenous plant consisting of a rosette of narrow, pointed (swordlike) leaves densely covered by silver hairs that form a sphere. At some point during its life it sends up a spectacular flowering stalk that can reach six feet in height. Each stalk can produce hundreds of maroon sunflowerlike flower heads.

The Haleakala silversword is found in the crater and outer slopes of Haleakala Volcano above the 6,890-ft elevation. The silversword flowers only once, at the end of its lifetime (15-50 years), produces seeds and then dies.

The Mauna Kea silversword found on the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii tends to differ from the Haleakala silversword in having a longer, narrower flowering stalk, fewer ray flowers, and longer, narrower, and straighter leaves

Thank you yoko, Vicky and Sue.

I am very happy that you even remembered my old post and that you added it to this thread Vicky. Silversword is quite a unique plant. Let us hope that it will continue to thrive on the island of Hawaii.

Hawaii really has much natural beauty.

Welcome dear Abbi G

A lot of the photos were probably taken with a telescopic lense. It needs some fancy camera to catch little birds from far away. I don't think that our basic digital cameras will zoom in so far?

I am glad that you like these pictures.

Love, Inda
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King Protea Flower

Protea King flower is an incredibly unique tropical flower . This flower is the largest in the protea family and features a huge white fuzzy center that gently slopes upward to a soft point. Spiky pink petals surrounding the center give it a regal look; from the side it looks like a crown. Leathery green petals cradle the heavy head and a thick stem supports it.

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