In 1988, the yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei), which is native to the islands, was selected as the Hawaiʻi State Flower.
Credit J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
The designation of state flower would lead one to believe that the Hawaiian Hibiscus is prolific amongst the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the populations of these plants are staggeringly small. The primary reason: habitat degradation.
nce described as the most common native land bird to be found on the island, the Oʻahu ʻelepaio has now become an endangered species. Through the Endangered Species Act, five areas of critical habitat have been designated for the bird.
The breeding cycle of the Hawaiian Hawk leaves it vulnerable to the decline that is faced by raptors the world over. The Io is now the subject of intense study by conservationists seeking to better understand the bird itself, its breeding habits, survival, and populations.