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 io (Hawaiian Hawk), Hawaiian Monk Seal and Mauna Kea silversword are an endangered species that are endemic to Hawaii. Each species plays a unique role in our ecosystem and culture. Scientists estimate that there’s somewhere between 2 million to 1 trillion species on Earth. 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 with the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, protect honu (turtles) with Hawaii Wildlife Fund’s Honu Watch, or take a hike with the Sierra Club!