FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2007
Release No. M-28-07
MAYOR DESIGNATES MANU O KU AS HONOLULU’S OFFICIAL BIRD
White Tern is Found in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Oahu
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today proclaimed the manu-o-Ku – white tern (Gygis alba) – the official bird of the City and County of Honolulu.
In a ceremony on the Honolulu Hale lawn, Hannemann was joined by representatives of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Audubon Society of Hawaii in the proclamation ceremony.
The manu-o-Ku commonly breeds throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Among the eight major Islands of Hawaii, it breeds only on Oahu.
“Manu-o-Ku is a natural choice for us, because its home is the entire City and County of Honolulu, which encompasses Oahu as well as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,” Hannemann said. “In addition, this handsome bird has been a traditional wayfinder and guide for Polynesian voyagers of ancient times as well as today.”
The manu-o-Ku will be featured in the 21st Century Ahupua‘a campaign Hannemann is launching to ensure a sustainable future for Honolulu.
“It’s a natural fit. Manu-o-Ku is a creature of the sea and land,” the mayor said. “As a threatened species, it embodies the fragile nature of Hawaii’s unique environment. And we are pledged to protect and nurture both the aina and manu-o-Ku for future generations.”
Bill Brennan, 527-2968
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767