A Multimedia Exploration

of Environment and Culture

in Hawai`i

RAINFOREST

Water doesn't just grow on trees...or does it?  Discover the crucial link between native forests and drinking water in Hawai'i, and why conservationists like James Akau are working hard to protect them.

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KILAUEA

Several years before the recent devastating flow at Pahoa and surrounding areas, 

vulcanologist Don Swanson said "This job is never boring!"  Fly over molten lava as it flows downslope to the sea at the Big Island's Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

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AMBUSHING INCHWORM

Imagine discovering a creature that no one knew about before, that acted completely strangely.  People did not believe biologist Steven Montgomery when he said he found a tiny caterpillar doing something very weird!

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HARNESSING HYDROPOWER

People living in Hawai'i know that in many places in the islands it rains...a lot!  Richard Ha is a farmer who decided to use that water to generate power instead of buying electricity generated from fossil fuels.

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ENDANGERED ALALA

The Hawaiian crow depends on a very specific habitat to survive.  Learn how researchers like Rachelle Gould are working to restore the right kind of plants so that this native species may be returned to the wild.

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IF YOU PLANT IT

Reforestation means planting lots of trees and shrubs so that native wildlife have a chance to avoid extinction.  Donna Ball has seen Hawaiian birds returning to the slopes of Mauna Kea after decades of restoring indigenous plants there.

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NENE

The endangered Hawaiian goose is quite a character!  Jack Jeffrey and the U.S. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife have worked for years to restore its native habitat.  Do you know what the nene say?  Find out here!

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