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Fauna

Animals of Hawai'i

Birds

The protected Nene goose is endemic to Hawai'i and is slowly making a comeback. This goose is native to the rocky slopes of Hawai'i's volcanoes, but I often saw them at the Waiakea fishpond in downtown Hilo.



Nene at the Waiakea fishpond
Hilo, Hawai'i (January 21st, '08)



Nene crossing sign
Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i (February 18th, '08)



Nene in the parking lot
Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i (February 18th, '08)



Nene at the bird sanctuary
Kilauea Point, Kaua'i (March 13th, '08)



Nene at the Waiakea Villas
Hilo, Hawai'i (May 16th, '08)

The Waiakea fishpond had a huge variety of ducks and geese.



Geese at the Waiakea fishpond
Hilo, Hawai'i (May 16th, '08)



Geese at the Waiakea fishpond
Hilo, Hawai'i (May 22nd, '08)



Goslings at the Waiakea fishpond
Hilo, Hawai'i (May 22nd, '08)

Most of the islands of Hawai'i also have large populations of wild chickens. They are quite tame and tend to hang out in parking lots.



Wild chickens
South Shore, Kaua'i (March 14th, '08)



Chicks
South Shore, Kaua'i (March 14th, '08)

Hawai'i's common birds are more colourful than the sparrows and crows I'm used to. Hawai'i also has a wide variety of seabirds in protected sanctuaries.



Saffron finch
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Hawai'i (February 17th, '08)



Red-crested cardinal
Road to Hana, Maui (March 10th, '08)



Hawai'ian stilts
Ma'alaea, Maui (March 8th, '08)



Sanderling at a bird sanctuary
Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i (April 12th, '08)

Honu: The Hawai'ian Green Sea Turtle

Another species in danger is the green sea turtle ('honu' in Hawai'ian) which makes the islands' waters its home.



Green sea turtle basking on the beach
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Hawai'i (February 17th, '08)



Green sea turtle basking on the beach
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Hawai'i (February 17th, '08)

Seals

I was fortunate enough to see one of Hawai'i's endangered monk seals basking on a beach.



Hawai'ian Monk Seal
Poipu Beach, Kaua'i (March 16th, '08)

Lizards

A wide variety of geckos and other lizards can be spotted in Hawai'i.



Gecko on my lanai
Hilo, Hawai'i (February 3rd, '08)



Gecko at the Painted Church
Captain Cook, Hawai'i (April 13th, '08)



Lizard at the Painted Church
Captain Cook, Hawai'i (April 13th, '08)



Lizard at the Painted Church
Captain Cook, Hawai'i (April 13th, '08)



Lizard at the Painted Church
Captain Cook, Hawai'i (April 13th, '08)

Invertebrates

If you don't like creepy crawlies, Hawai'i is not for you! Hawai'ian apartments are known for their cockroaches, and I had my fair share. I also had a huge cane spider (about 3 inches wide) and a poisonous centipede (about 6 inches long) come for a visit.



A camouflage stick bug on my bicycle at the Makenzie campground
Puna, Hawai'i (March 29th, '08)



Poisonous centipede
Hilo, Hawai'i (April 10th, '08)



Cane spider inside my apartment
Hilo, Hawai'i (May 22nd, '08)



Camouflage crab on the beach
Moloka'i (May 6th, '08)

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