The Nene is our Hawaiian state bird. Also known as the Hawaiian Goose, the Nene is native to Hawaii and has adapted to live on the rough lava and shrublands with less webbed feet and neutral lava toned feathers.
Our Nene family decided to take a trip to 'Iao Valley for a cool, lush adventure. 'Iao Valley is infamous as the bloodiest battle on Maui when King Kamehameha sought to unite the islands under his reign. Now you would never know that such a violent battle occurred at 'Iao. It is full of green, vibrant life. The stream (after rains) has the tranquil sound heard on dream music. The little Nenes are having a great time hiking and swimming. And finally Mom and Dad can share a little kiss for themselves!
As part of my Ke Aloha Series, the Nene parents are forming a kissing heart. A portion of profits made from the sale of each Ke Aloha painting goes towards conservation efforts in Hawaii. So many of our native Hawaiian birds have become extinct or are dangerously close to extinction. Conservation projects are geared towards helping surviving species grow in numbers and hopefully thrive in the future.
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.