Manu is Hawaiian for bird. And here in Hawaii my favorite birds are the Pueo (Hawaiian Short Eared Owl), Moli (Laysan Albatross), and the Iwa (Great Frigate Bird). You can find these birds-- and more!-- on my home island of Kauai. If you are a birder you'll love Kauai. On your visit be sure to check out the Kilauea Lighthouse, which is a wildlife refuge where you will be sure to find Boobies, Moli (in season), Shearwaters, Petrels, Nene and Iwa. There are also two other bird sanctuaries on Kauai-- one on the north shore and one on the far west side. At these spots you'll likely find a few Hawaiian Ducks, Hawaiian Stilts, lots of Nene and Night Crowned Herons. And don't forget about Koke'e State Park. Here you'll be sure to find the Apapane and, if you're lucky, the I'iwi (Hawaiian Honey Creepers) and several other endemic species. And roosters, you'll see those everywhere.
Now, let's look at some pictures.
First, my favorites-- Pueo.
Pueo Prepares for Flight
We have barn owls, too!
Now, our seasonal friends-- the Moli (Laysan Albatross). I love these birds. They have such beautiful eyes!!!
And for the arial acrobats, the Iwa.
Hawaii's state bird, the Nene.
Nene, Hawaiian Goose
And a few boobies...
And lastly an Apapane
Apapane and Pali