For the entire month of November, the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center in Hilo has featured Hawai`i Nei, an annual juried art exhibit featuring native species.
The star of the this year’s exhibit was the palila (although other native animals and plants were depicted as well). Shown in the photo above is "Loxioides bailleui," by Michael Olson (oil on canvas).
One of the more sobering displays is the mobile of 2,000 origami palila, designed by Jackson Bauer, who heads up the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project. A poster nearby explains: “What you see in this mobile is an origami palila that represents each wild bird on Mauna Kea: 2,000. That’s it. No more. No where else.”
The show runs through November 29. Sponsors are the Wailoa Center, the Three Mountain Alliance, the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, and the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project. Our Facebook page has more photos from the show. And if you want to make your own origami palila, find instructions at www.facebook.com/MKFRP
Environment Hawai`i has been asked to post the following notice:
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement is investigating thefts of very rare endangered plants at specific locations on Hawai`i island. Take of listed plants protected under the federal endangered species act is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000, one year in jail or both.
Please call 808-933-6964 to provide information confidentially.
Anyone who provides key information resulting in a conviction of those involved may be considered to receive a reward."
We ask your kokua.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has determined that removing North Pacific humpback whales from the federal endangered species list may be warranted.
That's according to an August 29 Federal Register notice in which the NMFS announced the initiation of a status review of the North Pacific population to determine whether it should be declared distinct and delisted. The agency has invited the public to submit any pertinent scientific and commercial information by October 28.
An April 17 petition from the newly formed Hawai`i Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, Inc. prompted the NMFS review. The group argued that the North Pacific whales look different from other humpbacks and have markedly different genes and ranges.
The NMFS' 90-day finding states that the petition presented "substantial information indicating that the North Pacific population of the humpback whale may qualify as a DPS [distinct population segment]," and that it may not be at risk from habitat destruction, overutilization, inadequate regulatory mechanisms, and other natural or man-made factors.
Much of the information presented by HFACT came from a 2011 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration technical memo summarizing the status of humpback whales globally.
The humpback whale was listed as endangered in 1970.
To submit comments electronically, visit http://www.regulations.gov. They can also be mailed to Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.