On the mainland, folks believe that if the groundhog comes out on February 2 and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Our Hawaiian word for today is aka, for shadow. You'll see more shadows than groundhogs in Hawaiʻi!
ByPatrick Hart & Savannah Harriman-Pote & Ann Tanimoto-Johnson•Jan 27, 2021
Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's bird song.
Kōlea, or Pacific golden-plovers, are considered indigenous and spend their winters in the main Hawaiian islands (as well as other tropical and coastal areas). By the end of April, most Kōlea migrate up to Alaska to feast on abundant food resources and to breed.
Manu Minute, January 27th, 2021, with Dr. Patrick Hart. Audio credit: Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML283556)