Manu o nā Mauna
From the renowned adaptive radiation of the Hawaiian honeycreepers, to our native owl, crow, and hawk, the isolation of the Hawaiian islands has produced some of the most beautiful endemic forest birds! Each has their own unique appearance, song, and ecological niche. This print features a few of our favorite manu, including ʻakiapōlāʻau, ʻiʻiwi, ʻapapane, ʻelepaio, and palila. It also features natural sustenance of these manu, including lehua, māmane, and ʻōhā wai. Native Hawaiians historically gathered feathers from the manu (without harming them) for use in intricate adornments for our aliʻi (chiefs), such as ʻahu (capes) and mahiole (helmets). Unfortunately, today, most of Hawaiʻi's native birds are threatened, endangered, or extinct due to loss of habitat, invasive predators, and disease.
The print was created in collaboration with fellow Native Hawaiian-owned business, Kahua ‘Āina.