What a bright and cheery pair of birds! The 'Alauahio looks most similar to a more common Hawaiian bird known as the 'Amakihi without the black eye lores, brighter yellow plumage and a smaller beak. The 'Alauahio lives only on Maui and is close to extinction, but conservation projects are in the works to raise their numbers by protecting their existing habitat and possibly extend the 'Alauahio's range on Maui.
It's been a long morning for our patient 'Alauahio awaiting her beau on a branch of Lehua blossoms. When he finally arrives, it's like he never left. Let's give them some time to themselves!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.