Wings: Birds & Feathers Of Hawai‘i


Storytime Video and Activity: Kōlea and Chief's Cloak

“Kōlea and the Chief’s Cloak” by Alice Guild Narrated by Bishop Museum Education Staff Member, Kaʻehu.

Storytime Activity: “Kōlea and the Chief’s Cloak”
After book reading draw a kōlea and tag us on social @bishopmuseum! We want to see your art and how your doing! 

“Kōlea and the Chief’s Cloak” by Alice Guild is available for purchase at Bishop Museum Press.

Migration of the Kōlea Podcast​

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Feathers in Hawaiian History

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Birds of Summer Star Map

This is a map of the early morning sky on April 15 2020 at 5:30 a.m. and it will be accurate from April 15 – 21. After that time the Earth will have moved enough through the solar system that stars and the planets will have shifted away from our point of view.

Highlights include the Birds of Summer in the Summer or Navigator’s Triangle and ‘Iwakeli’i, the Great Frigate Bird also known as Cassiopeia. Also note the line up of Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter along with the Moon the morning of the April 15! The Moon is only in that position on the 15th. Its own orbit around the Earth changes where we see it every day. Check out the video Birds of the Summer to learn more!


Discover the science of birds in Hawai’i and their impact on the environment around them.

Winged Ambassadors
by Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge

As Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager at Bishop Museum, I often come into contact with local organizations that share our mission of promoting a better understanding of Hawaiʻi’s threatened wildlife. One of these is Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, a nonprofit that studies and protects imperiled ecosystems by engaging diverse communities through innovative scientific and artistic collaborations. 

Honeycreepers & Adaptive Radiation Blog Post

Hawaiʻi is home to over 10,000 examples of species changing and adapting to overcome environmental challenges. The Hawaiian Islands grow from a hotspot and then recede as they move further away from it. This movement creates changes to the environment, which in turn has created changes in species like Hawaiian Honeycreepers. The first flock arrived maybe around 8 million years ago *Wylie, R. (2015, June 25), and as the Honeycreepers expanded to other islands and sometimes returned to former habitats, changes occurred due to environmental adaptive measures.

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