The Hui Manu o Ku was featured in a March 28th news story on KHON 2 about a nesting pair of White Terns. The egg is carefully balanced on a lanai railing at the Hawaii State Art Museum at the Capital District Building. This building was scheduled for renovation, but this protected bird will delay that project. Since White Terns are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and because they are listed as "threatened" by the State of Hawaii, it is illegal to disturb or harass these birds. That means the construction work will be delayed until the egg hatches and the chick is able to fly and leave the nest, which may take several months. Kudos to the Art Museum management and the Hawaiian state government for adjusting the schedule for the project to accommodate the nesting needs of a pair of white terns. That’s real Aloha in action! If you missed the news piece, you can read the article here.
Check out this performance of "Manu-o-Ku" by Amy Hanaialii!