Councilmember Tommy Waters was a guest at the quarterly meeting of the Hui Manu o Ku last week. Councilmember Waters joined us on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu to present the Hui with a commendation recognizing the group's efforts to promote the welfare of the Manu o Ku. It was an honor to receive the recognition and to know that the Council appreciates our efforts. Mahalo Nui to the Council and to all those who are helping the Hui accomplish its mission of increasing public awareness, appreciation, understanding and conservation of this special seabird.
Included in the photo of the presentation are (from left to right) Keith Swindle, Councilmember Waters, Eric VanderWerf and Rich Downs. Keith and Eric conceived and promoted the idea for the Manu o Ku to be designated the official bird of the city and county of Honolulu so it was especially fitting that they were able to receive the commendation. Mahalo Nui to Keith and Eric!
The new breeding season is getting underway on Oahu and the white terns are returning to some of the most visually accessible nesting spots in Waikiki. Join us on Sunday, October 20, from 9:00 to 10:30 for a walk that will take in a few of the white tern nesting spots in the heart of Waikiki. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00 if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.