The Maui Parrotbill is the most endangered bird in Maui. There are only about 500 birds in existence today, although the conservationists on Maui are attempting to increase those numbers by creating another compatible area on the drier side of Haleakala. The Hawaiian name "Kiwikiu" was given to the Maui Parrotbill just four years ago. "Kiwi" means curved (like their beak) and "kiu" loosley means chilly wind (their habitat) and secretive or private (their behavior).
The 'Akala is one for the Kiwikiu's favorite fruit. Known to locals as the giant Hawaiian raspberry, 'Akala is an endemic plant with fruit that can grow to be two inches long. People don't want to eat the 'Akala raspberry until it's super ripe, which makes it perfect pickings for the Kiwikiu.
These two are sharing a quick loving gaze before digging into a feast!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.