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Manu Minute: The Growing Flock of Saffron Finches

Apr 28, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Saffron finches are native to South America and were introduced to the islands around 1965. Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

Manu Minute: The Many-Named ʻAukuʻu

Apr 21, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ʻaukuʻu, also known as black-crowned night heron, is found throughout the world's wetlands. As their name implies, these birds have black "crowns "that run down their backs.

Special thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

Manu Minute: 'Akikiki of Kaua'i

Mar 31, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson / Keauhou Bird Conservation Center

ˊAkikiki, also known as Kauaˊi creepers, are an endangered forest bird endemic to the island of Kauaˊi.

Manu Minute: The Long-lived Laysan Albatross

Mar 24, 2021
Alex Wang

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

Mōlī, or Laysan albatrosses, breed in large numbers across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, with nearly a million birds counted on Midway island alone.

Manu Minute: 'Elepaio, the Flycatcher

Mar 3, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Hawai'i 'elepaio are native species of Flycatcher - as their name suggests, they spend most of their time catching flies and other tasty insects "on the wing," or midflight.

Manu Minute: The Long-legged Ae'o

Feb 24, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. 

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Manu Minute: The Disappearing 'Akeke'e

Jan 6, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson, taken at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, San Diego Zoo Global

The 'akeke'e is a critically endangered native bird that is endemic to Kaua'i. Like many other honeycreepers, they can only be found in high elevation forests, where cool temperatures ward off mosquito populations.

Manu Minute: Cattle Egret, The Elegant Invader

Dec 30, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their field recordings in today's Manu Minute.

The State Department of Agriculture introduced Cattle egrets to Hawai'i in 1959 in order to control fly populations that were harassing cattle herds. But like the non-native Barn owl, the Cattle egret's introduction has had some unintended consequences for native bird species.

Manu Minute: Pueo, The Early Bird

Dec 23, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute.

The Pueo, or Asio flammeus sandwichensis, is one of ten subspecies of the short-eared owl. With the exception of Australia and Antartica, the short-eared owl can be found on every continent and many Pacific islands. Collectively, it has one of the most extensive ranges in the avian world.

Manu Minute: The Last Kauaˊi ˊŌˊō

Dec 16, 2020
Robert Shallenberger

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute.

Manu Minute: The Warbling White-Eye

Dec 9, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The warbling white-eye is a non-native bird that was introduced to the Hawaiian islands from Japan in the 1920s and '30s. Over the last century, they've become the most abundant bird in the entire state.

From a distance, you might mistake a mejiro for a native 'amakihi, as both birds have olive-green plumage. However, the mejiro has a distinctive white circle around its eye, to which it owes its name.

Manu Minute: ˊApapane, The Flower Fan

Dec 2, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

ˊApapane are the most abundant Hawaiian honeycreeper. Scientists estimate that there are over a million individuals throughout the state — about one ˊapapane per person in Hawai‘i.

Like the ˊamakihi, ˊapapane appear to be developing a genetic resistance to mosquito-borne avian malaria, which has helped them sustain their numbers. However, they are still vulnerable to habitat loss and predation.

Manu Minute: 'Ōma'o, The Sly Thrush

Nov 25, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The 'ōma'o  is one of two remaining thrush species in the Hawaiian Islands. The other is the puaiohi, a critically endangered species found only on Kaua'i.

'Ōma'o enjoy a diet of fruits and berries, as well as the occasional arthropod. They play a critical role in the seed dispersal of native plants, such as the 'ōhelo 'ai and 'ōlapa.

Manu Minute: 'Akiapōlā'au, The Would-Be Woodpecker

Nov 18, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

'Akiapōlā'au get the most buzz about their beak, which is uniquely adapted to their insectivore diet.

First, they use their strong lower bill to peck holes in tree branches. Then, they use their decurved upper bill to forage for insects and larvae within the branch. If you happen upon this "Hawaiian woodpecker" at lunchtime, you might hear the tap-tap-tap sound of their beaks pecking at the trees as they hunt for food.

Manu Minute: 'I'iwi, the Scarlet Honeycreeper

Oct 27, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

This is the first in a series of stories about Hawaiian songbirds, their environment and their conservation. They are based on "Manu Minute," a new weekly segment on HPR's The Conversation. Have a question about Hawaiian birds or a comment on this series? Call our talkback line at 808-792-8217 and leave us your comment or question, name and email address, or email us at news@hawaiipublicradio.org with the subject line "Manu Minute."

Tropical Conservation Biology Department, UH Hilo

The Dengue fever outbreak is currently grabbing all of the headlines in Hawai’i.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports there’s a serious tropical disease that has no known cure, has spread across the state and has killed two since 2011.

Dentist Endows History Chair at UH Hilo

May 28, 2014
UH Hilo
UH Hilo

  University of Hawaii at Hilo recently received an unexpected gift, a $500 thousand dollar endowment from a Hilo dentist who also teaches at UH Manoa.  The endowment is in honor of her former history professor.  And it is the first endowed chair in UH Hilo's history.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

UH Hilo Faces Free Speech Lawsuit

Apr 28, 2014
University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

Two students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo have filed a federal lawsuit against the school, alleging their First Amendment rights were violated on campus. The lawsuit claims U.H. Hilo staff prevented them from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

You can read the full complaint here.

University of Hawaii Hilo
University of Hawaii Hilo

  UH Hilo has a brand new  $19 million dollar student services building that was completed in time to open last Fall.  But it has not yet officially opened to the public.  School officials SAY there's a compliance issue with the Americans With Disabilities Act.    HPR's Sherry Bracken reports on the holdup.

UH Hilo Looks Ahead

Jul 3, 2013

With 4,100 students, University of Hawaii at Hilo is one of three 4-year institutions in the UH System. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the UH Hilo Chancellor to learn more about what's coming up when school opens in August.

Future of UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Remains Unclear

Jun 12, 2013
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

The state legislature has rejected the top funding request of the University of Hawaii. It was a building for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo...and it leaves the 7  year old program in a difficult situation. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to the college's dean and has this report.