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Manu O Kū Festival
May 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The seabird Manu O Kū was recently dedicated as the official birds of the City and County of Honolulu. The Manu O Kū Festival on May 14th from 11 am to 3 pm at ‘Iolani Palace Coronation Lawn will celebrate the birds, the designation, and the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty.
The festival will include presentations by Kumu Hula James Dela Cruz and Hula Hālau Nā ʻŌpio A Me Nā Kupuna O Koʻolau and music by Jon Osorio, Duncan Kamakana, and Jamaica Osorio. There will be a ceremony thanking city officials for the designation. You can also join in on a nature costume contest and prizes for all ages, keiki activities, and bird tours and spotting scopes. Bring a picnic lunch, and refreshments and snacks will be served.
The Manu o Kū are one of the most reliable indicators of land. They will typically fly out to sea in the morning to feed and return to land in the evening to rest. This daily routine Manu o Kū is helpful for wayfinders, who can steer the canoe towards their source in the morning or follow them home in the evening. Low-lying atolls can only be seen 7-10 miles away, so the presence of these birds can indicate that islands are near.Manu o Kū have about a 120 mile range so this helps navigators know that islands are close even when they can’t see them.