Kaua’i Amakihi
Endemic to Kaua’i...largest of
the Amakihi honeycreepers.
Hemignathus kauaiensis
(L 4.5")
Alakai Wilderness
Kaua’i
19Feb2014
IUCN WATCH
LIST STATUS IS
VULNERABLE
Threatened by habitat
loss, invasive species
and avian malaria.
Before my Ancestors
 
If you are a sweet ‘apapane,
I am the divine lehua that nourishes you.
 
If you are the delicate ‘alae ke’oke’o,
I am the gentle pond that you enchant with your call.
 
If you are a lonely nene,
I am the ‘one ohelo berry bush you feed upon.
 
If you are a brown lysan duck,
I am the air that lets you fly freely to your mate.
 
If you are a cold ‘a’o,
I am the sun that warms your keiki.
 
If you are a light brown koloa,
I am the pond that you swim in with your brood.
 
If you are white ‘io,
I am the brown feathers that take you to maturity.
 
Now this is a poem of Hawaiian birds
that were here before my ancestors were born.
 
     (Pi’ikea Lopes, age 12; Honolulu, Hawaii)