Manu Minute: The Long-legged Ae'o

Feb 24, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. 

Manu Minute: The Clever ΄Alalā

Feb 18, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Let's be honest — a black crow is not a typical mascot for a tropical paradise. But the native 'alalā, or Hawaiian crow, is deeply intertwined with the ecosystem of Hawai'i.

Manu Minute: Noio, the Aku Bird

Feb 3, 2021

Special thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

A grassroots effort is underway for a local non-profit to purchase an ancient Hawaiian fishpond on Kauaʻi. The Alakoko Fishpond was recently put on the market with a pricetag of $3 million dollars.

Manu Minute: The Disappearing 'Akeke'e

Jan 6, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson, taken at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, San Diego Zoo Global

The 'akeke'e is a critically endangered native bird that is endemic to Kaua'i. Like many other honeycreepers, they can only be found in high elevation forests, where cool temperatures ward off mosquito populations.

Manu Minute: Cattle Egret, The Elegant Invader

Dec 30, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their field recordings in today's Manu Minute.

The State Department of Agriculture introduced Cattle egrets to Hawai'i in 1959 in order to control fly populations that were harassing cattle herds. But like the non-native Barn owl, the Cattle egret's introduction has had some unintended consequences for native bird species.

Manu Minute: Pueo, The Early Bird

Dec 23, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute.

The Pueo, or Asio flammeus sandwichensis, is one of ten subspecies of the short-eared owl. With the exception of Australia and Antartica, the short-eared owl can be found on every continent and many Pacific islands. Collectively, it has one of the most extensive ranges in the avian world.

Manu Minute: The Last Kauaˊi ˊŌˊō

Dec 16, 2020
Robert Shallenberger

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute.

Manu Minute: ˊApapane, The Flower Fan

Dec 2, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

ˊApapane are the most abundant Hawaiian honeycreeper. Scientists estimate that there are over a million individuals throughout the state — about one ˊapapane per person in Hawai‘i.

Like the ˊamakihi, ˊapapane appear to be developing a genetic resistance to mosquito-borne avian malaria, which has helped them sustain their numbers. However, they are still vulnerable to habitat loss and predation.

Manu Minute: 'Ōma'o, The Sly Thrush

Nov 25, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The 'ōma'o  is one of two remaining thrush species in the Hawaiian Islands. The other is the puaiohi, a critically endangered species found only on Kaua'i.

'Ōma'o enjoy a diet of fruits and berries, as well as the occasional arthropod. They play a critical role in the seed dispersal of native plants, such as the 'ōhelo 'ai and 'ōlapa.

Manu Minute: 'Akiapōlā'au, The Would-Be Woodpecker

Nov 18, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

'Akiapōlā'au get the most buzz about their beak, which is uniquely adapted to their insectivore diet.

First, they use their strong lower bill to peck holes in tree branches. Then, they use their decurved upper bill to forage for insects and larvae within the branch. If you happen upon this "Hawaiian woodpecker" at lunchtime, you might hear the tap-tap-tap sound of their beaks pecking at the trees as they hunt for food.

Manu Minute: 'Ua'u, The Seabird

Nov 11, 2020
Jim Denny

The 'ua'u belongs to the expansive Procellariidae family, which encompasses over 50 species of petrels. These seabirds can be found across all of the world's oceans and nearly all of its seas.

Like its seafaring cousins, our Hawaiian petrel spends nearly all of its time on the open water. But between March and November, 'ua'u will return to the highest peaks on the Hawaiian islands, such as Haleakalā on Maui, in order to breed and raise their fledglings.


Oahu trash update; Teaching astronomy with today's technology; Honolulu's Building Permit Woes; Land preservation in Kau on the Big Island

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Long before concepts like sustainability and biodiversity became environmentalist buzzwords, native Hawaiians cared for their environment as a natural expression of their belief that the land is chief. Now a growing number of Hawaiian language speakers working in conservation are helping to unlock ancestral wisdom preserved in the ʻōlelo, and changing the industry in the process.

Mr Bullitt / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons

In San Francisco last week, the Goldman Environmental Prize recognized six activists from around the world, including Jacqui Evans of the Cook Islands.

Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i ka Pono / Instagram

Applications are being accepted for a Maui-based conservation leadership program this summer.

New Restrictions on Hawaii Seafood Industry

Aug 10, 2018
Phil / Flickr

Overfishing is a concern around the world and here in Hawaii. A new conservation law just signed by President Trump stands to significantly change the way commercial fisherman in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Territories bring their catch to market. 

The Conversation: Friday, June 8th, 2018

Jun 8, 2018
Tina Mahina

Overtourism in Hawaii; Volcano Photographer Displaced by Flow; Examining Kamehameha’s Legacy; World Ocean’s Day

courtesy of Nik Lacchin of

Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

David Yee

Final oral arguments in the contested case hearing for the Thirty-Meter Telescope land use permit will be heard today in Hilo. Parties to the contested case will make their case before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi tells us what we can expect.

Andrew Laurence / Malama Maunalua

Invasive seaweeds have taken a stronghold on Hawaiʻi reefs over the last half of the 20th century, contributing to a decline in the health and productivity of once-thriving marine ecosystems. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi visits one community that is fighting back. 

Rich Downs / Hui Manu O Kū

Natives are recolonizing urban Honolulu. Native birds, that is. The white tern or Manu O Kū is thriving in Hawaiʻi’s most populous city, and so is its fan base – the Hui Manu O Kū. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi joined a group of white tern enthusiasts on a bird expedition in downtown Honolulu.

Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society
Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society

It’s a historic but sobering event for Hawai‘i’s native bees.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added seven species of Native Hawaiian yellow-faced bees to the endangered species list.  It’s also the first time any bees in the US have been added to the list.

Ready, Set, IUCN!

Aug 31, 2016


The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature or IUCN starts tomorrow at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

May 25, 2016
Carl Meyer

Proposed Moratorium on Fishing in North Kona; Na Hōkū Nominee Joni Llamedo; Shark Behavior in Maui; Competitive High School Equestrian

Proposed Ka’upulehu Marine Reserve: Aunty Hannah Springer

The Conversation: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

May 2, 2016
Flickr - Ben Wagner

Crowd-funding Open Government; Past and Future Conservation in Hawai‘i; HART Chair Colleen Hanabusa; New Discoveries About Coral Growth

Hui for Good Government Crowd-funding: Keiko Bonk

The Conversation: Friday, April 8th, 2016

Apr 8, 2016

Hawaiian Homelands; Hula Choreography; Kaho'olawe Update

$17-million Funding Request for DHHL: Sharla Manley

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi has been called by some 'the endangered species capital of the world', but it may not be known as such for long.  There is a group of people working to stem the tide of plant species loss in the islands.  They are the men and women of the Plant Extinction Prevention Program.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The designation of state flower would lead one to believe that the Hawaiian Hibiscus is prolific amongst the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the populations of these plants are staggeringly small. The primary reason: habitat degradation.

Christopher Phillips explains...


We are all stewards of the ʻāina; we cannot rely on conservationists alone to shoulder the burden.

Christopher Phillips explains...