On May 20, 2017, nearly 400 people attended the 2nd Annual Manu O Ku Festival on the Coronation Lawn of ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawai‘i to celebrate the Manu O Ku (White Tern/Gygis alba). The Manu O Ku is the official bird of the City and County of Honolulu. It occurs on southern O‘ahu, the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and tropical Pacific islands. It is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Festival goers were able to view “nesting” adults and a chick on the palace grounds through a spotting scope. (Manu O Ku do not build nests, but lay a single egg on a tree branch and othersurface instead.) This beautiful bird is frequently seen and loved by many people; it is the perfect ambassador for urban wildlife.
Hawaiian chants, music, hula, games, prizes, crafts, educational activities, nature costume contest, spotting scope, bird tours, scavenger hunt, snacks, and refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Festival partners and sponsors included the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, National Wildlife Federation, American Bird Conservancy, Hawai‘i Audubon Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources.