The Po'ouli is a mysterious bird. the species wasn't discovered until the 1970s and is believed to be from a long line of honeycreepers unlike any other honeycreeper from Hawaii still in existence. Considered functionally extinct (listed as critically endangered), there were only three recorded in a search/doc of 2004 and at least one died in capitivity. I hold out hope that the Po'ouli is still out there. Just like the 'Akohekohe, thought to be extinct in the early 1900s, they were "rediscovered" in 1945 in the higher elevation of Haleakala, Maui.
My Po'ouli couple are taking a break from the hustle and bustle, pausing for a smooch under the Tiare flowers:)
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.