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Nature of Hawaii Pt 1: A Photo Series

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

Manu-o-Kū

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(Skye Moore)

(Skye Moore)


These photos were taken at Waikīkī in Oahu. Celebrated in Hawaiian culture as the Manu-o-Kū, White Terns are primarily found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Pacific Ocean. These birds are well-known by traditional Hawaiian navigators as significant indicators of nearby land due to their feeding habits. Currently, Honolulu is the only city in the United States where Manu-o-Kū nest, and they are designated as the official bird of the city.



'Ohi'a lehua

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(Skye Moore)


(Skye Moore)


The 'Ohi'a lehua is significant in Hawaiian culture for a multitude of reasons. These particular photos were taken on the Kīlauea Iki Crater hike in Volcano National Park. The red blossoms of this plant are often associated with the volcano goddess Pele and represent resilience and strength amongst volcanic landscapes. Growing anywhere from sea level to 8,000 feet of elevation, these trees make up much of Hawaii’s remaining native vegetation and provide a habitat for many species, such as the ʻIʻiwi and ʻApapane. 'Ōhi'a Lehua's striking beauty, cultural significance, and ecological importance make it a cherished component of Hawaii's history.



Nēnē

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(Skye Moore)


(Skye Moore)


The Nēnē, also known as the Hawaiian Goose, is a remarkable species found only on the Hawaiian Islands. These particular photos were captured in Waikoloa and Anaeho'omalu Bay. Representing Hawaii’s state bird since 1957, the Nēnē are mentioned in the Kumulipo, or Hawaiian creation chant. They are viewed as guardian spirits, a joining force between the mountains and the coast because of their seasonal movements. Symbolizing nobility and the connection between Hawaiian royalty and the natural world, this species holds a special place in Hawaii's cultural and ecological heritage.

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