Sending mynahs to the Philippines, 1928.


For the first time it is believed that the mynahs have value, being that there was received a telegraph from the Philippines from R. H. King of Honolulu to send birds caught to him. This haole is advertising in the newspaper that he will give a half dollar for young and adult birds brought to him if they are alive and healthy. These birds are wanted in the thousands to be taken to the Philippines to kill off the locusts destroying the crops there.

This land and we as well will be blessed to be rid of these birds that take away food.

[This sounds a little messed up…]

(Alakai o Hawaii, 6/28/1928, p. 4)


Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 1, Helu 9, Aoao 4. Iune 28, 1928.

Governor to veto bills protecting native wildlife? 2013.

Mynah bird.

Manu piheekelo, 2013.

It seems that the governor decided to veto a bill making petroleum distributors more responsible for protecting native wildlife (HB988) and another bill making the feeding of feral birds a nuisance (HB619). This reminded me of a couple of previous posts:

A description of life before the invasion of foreign birds.


A look back at the folly of introducing foreign animals.

New birds introduced, 1865.

Containers of New Birds.—Aboard the trading ship of the Chinese that arrived were brought containers of new birds. The purpose of these birds are to eat bugs found in the dirt like caterpillars [peelua], koe [worms], etc. Last Wednesday, the birds were released. When they were immediately released, they quickly went in search of bugs. The number of those birds was one-hundred and eighty-four. Some of them died, but the majority are living. Therefore, anyone who sees these new birds is prohibited from killing them lest they be in trouble with the Law.

[This article most likely refers to the manu pihaekelo—mynah bird, now seen everywhere across the archipelago…]

(Au Okoa, 10/2/1865, p. 2)

He mau hinai manu hou.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke I, Helu 24, Aoao 2. Okatoba 2, 1865.

Import of Snakes to Hawaii? 1902.

Snakes are Allowed to be Imported to Hawaii.


It was thoroughly believed that a person or persons could not bring in snakes from foreign lands into Hawaii, but the head custom inspector received a letter telling him that there is no law prohibiting the import of this type of animal into Hawaii, and should it be brought in by a person or persons, he has not right to prevent the bringing of it ashore.

It is right for us to oppose this with what power we have. There are many pests currently brought into Hawaii, and we do not want to bring in others. Before the arrival to Hawaii nei, there were no mosquitoes here, and they could be up at night without their hands tiring out from constantly waving them off. That isn’t all, there is the mongoose that are eating chicks, and eggs, and we hear that a baby left somewhere by its mother while she was washing clothes, died because it was got by a mongoose which sucked all of its blood. There are also mynah birds, fleas, and many, many other pests brought into Hawaii after the arrival of the enlightened races into Hawaii, and here is another thing that is wanted to be open to a person or persons to bring into Hawaii.

If these snakes come into Hawaii nei, and they spread in the forests, we will not be able to let our children go out to those places without facing calamity. Not just the children, but animals will be in danger of being bit by these snakes. If the snakes are allowed, the time will perhaps come when lions and tigers will be imported, and we will be just like most of the lands of the world.

We want the beautiful things of the other lands, but the problems are what we don’t want. If they import beneficial things, we will happily take them let them free in our verdant fields of Hawaii nei for them to run about; however, if they are to bring in pests, we will stand and exterminate them when they step within the borders of this Territory.

[That was a close one! But lately, with all the budget cuts and the resulting lack of inspectors doing inspections, who knows what is being brought into Hawaii nei. Some things are too important to let fall to the side…]

(Kuokoa, 4/11/1902, p. 1)

Ua hiki ke hookomo ia mai na Moo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 15, Aoao 1. Aperila 11, 1902.