Iiwi birds are like Hawaii's version of hummingbirds. They can even hover in flight like hummingbirds, and the Iiwi has a similar odd cuteness to their looks and personality. Iiwis are the most abundant of Hawaiian honeycreepers, but they are still listed as "vulnerable", so researchers continue to monitor their population. Due to it's bright red plumage and amplitude, the Iiwi has become a recongiazable symbol of Hawaii.
"Ku'uipo" is Hawaiian for "my sweetheart" and I thought it a fitting title for my little Iiwi pair. These love birds sit on one of their favorite nectar branches, the Mamane. If youhadn't noticed, Iiwis have long, hooked beaks that are perfect for extracting sweet nectar from the most difficult of flowers.
My little "Ku'uipo" pair must be on a lunch date... great weather for spending the day with the one you love!
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.