Ua mau ke ea o ka `aina i ka pono
(The life of the land is preserved in righteousness)
Hawaii is often called the “endangered species capital of the world.” The ʻio (Hawaiian Hawk), Hawaiian Monk Seal and Mauna Kea Silversword are all endangered species that are endemic to Hawaii. Each species plays a unique role in our ecosystem and culture, of the 1,653 species listed as endangered or threatened within the United States, 501 of these endangered or threatened species are from Hawaii, that’s nearly 1/3 rd of the nation’s total! Scientists estimate that there’s somewhere up to 1 trillion species on Earth, including microbes. More than 99 % (five billion) of Earth’s species are estimated to have gone extinct. How do we protect Hawaiian biodiversity from the threats of climate change, invasive species, hunting and population growth? Get active! Read up on Hawaiian flora and fauna and then go plant some trees, protect our Hawaiian Birds and marine species such as reef fish, monk seals, and turtle(Honu), or take a hike on one of our many beautiful trails.