Apapane flourishing, 1939.

Hawaiian Birds

We received word from the news released by the Hui Manuihi [?? Audubon Society ??] that there are now at Kilauea many apapane birds, and it is the one bird that is most widespread there.

Just like the work of those who research all sorts of things, there are some who made a move to study the different birds, and not only in other places, but here in Hawaii as well.

The activity of these people on Kilauea was to go into the forests to look at the Hawaiian Birds that are spread out there, and by them travelling the narrow paths in the Bird Park and entering into the Golf course and reaching the Soldier Camp at Kilauea and then arriving at Kilauea Iki; there were more Apapane than all the other birds put together.

With the research of the rangers of Kilauea National Park, they saw there was a large amount of bugs on the trees these days and that is was has caused an increase in the birds, for that is what the birds eat.

The number of kolea decreased and the mynah [piheekelo] birds are less, and it is believed because of the great cold.

Other Hawaiian birds seen at Kilauea these days are the amakihi and the elepaio.

Therefore according to this report shown, Hawaiian birds are indeed numerous, and the apapane is the most abundant.

[What about today? Are things better? Are things worse?]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/11/1939, p. 2)

Na Manu Hawaii

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIII, Number 37, Aoao 2. Ianuari 11, 1939.

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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.