MOKULEHUA - Assorted Manu Kui ʻŌmou

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Enamel Pin
Metal Clasp Backing
Size ranges from 1 to 1.5 inches



The ʻIwa or Great Frigate Bird, are indigenous to Hawaiʻi. These large black birds are seen as elegant and graceful as they soar above coastlines for long periods of time. While these birds can catch their own prey, ʻIwa meaning "thief," reflects their habit of stealing food from smaller birds. King Kamehameha I was referred to as Kaʻiwaīloumoku, or "the frigate bird that hooks the islands together," as he is known for uniting the islands by taking them from other chiefs.
The ‘i‘iwi is an endemic Native Hawaiian bird. Mature ‘i‘iwi are seen with a scarlet red body, black wings and tail, and a long peach colored bill. Their long downward curved bills help them drink nectar from flowering ‘ōhi‘a lehua, māmane, or ‘ākala.

Hawaiians once used the feathers of the ‘i‘iwi to create beautiful capes, helmets and lei for their ali‘i. Sticky sap from trees like ‘ulu were used to catch the birds and pluck their feathers.

Today, loss of habitat and the spread of avian malaria from invasive mosquitos has created a great decline in their population. ‘I‘iwi are listed and protected under the endangered species act.

Palila is a Native Hawaiian honeycreeper endemic to Hawai’i. It is the only finch-billed honeycreeper that exist today. Their bills allow them to feed on the seed pods of the māmane tree, which are toxic to other wildlife. Māmane accounts for 90% of the Palila’s diet.

Palila were once found on the islands of Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi, but now are only found on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Palila fly up and down the mountain following the flowering māmane. Best chance to see one would be the viewing trail in the Ka’ohe restoration area.