What’s Inside My Rainforest Diorama?
Each species featured in your Kit is endemic to Hawai’i, which means that each one is found no where else in the world!
Your kit contains four manu (bird) and two kumulāʻau (tree)
- ʻŌhiʻa lehua tree
- Koa tree
Did you know?
According to the Nature Conservancy’s publication, Last Stand: The Vanishing Hawaiian Forest, our rainforests are home to over 9,000 endemic species. At one time, our rainforests were also home to 56 Hawaiian honeycreepers. In 2011 article, Douglas Pratt, an ornithologist, author, bird illustrator, and photographer stated that of the 56 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers that existed only 18 have not succumbed to extinction. It’s important to understand and evaluate the rold that humans played in both the extinctions of species. Collectively, these species uniquely define our pae ʻāina or island archipelago and without them, what will become of our biodiverse home and the ecological services that we rely on for our survival? Let’s start by learning and connecting with these amazing species of our native Hawaiian forests.