Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lele o Nā Manu: Hawaiian Forest Birds

The Lele O Nā Manu exhibit is about the rich and diverse natural history of endemic Hawaiian forest birds, their preeminence in traditional Hawaiian culture, and the dire need for their conservation. 
Hawaiʻi has been called the ‘Endangered Species Capital of the World’ and this is particularly true of its avifauna. There are more than 140 known unique endemic bird species in Hawaiʻi, over half of which have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands and most of the rest of whom are endangered. Current threats include: habitat degradation by cattle, feral pigs, invasive plants, and real estate development, as well as predation by feral cats, rats, and mongooses.  Yet the greatest threat to the native birds is avian malaria, which is spread by mosquitos.  With the help of rising global temperatures, the disease carrying mosquitos will reach all evaluations in the archipelago by the end of the century and the highest elevations of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi in as little as 20 years, making extinction inevitable for several species with dangerously small populations and limited genetic diversity.

The Museum is open every day 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 


Friday, March 4, 2016

Honolulu Festival March 11-13, 2016 22nd Annual

22nd Annual Honolulu Festival March 11-13, 2016

Experience Pacific Harmony at the Honolulu Festival

The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. Each year, the Festival draws thousands of new and returning spectators who are looking for an experience beyond Hawaii. Through educational programs and activities sponsored by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, the Festival continues to successfully share the rich and vibrant blend of Asia, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures with the rest of the world. The Honolulu Festival is a wonderful addition to your Hawaiian vacation. The three day extravaganza occurs every year in March on a weekend from Friday through Sunday. Dance performances and traditional art demonstrations are displayed by artisans from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Hawaii and the rest of the United States. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Hawaii. Honolulu Festival activities are held at various locations in the heart of the city, making them easily accessible to residents and visitors alike. Moreover, admission to all Festival events is free, ensuring that everyone can take part in the festivities.