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Kula in Maui County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay

Haleakala National Park

 
 
Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
1. Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay Marker
Inscription. The Nene is a native Hawaiian Goose that lives in the wild on the islands of Hawaii and Maui. This rare State bird is believed to have descended from the Canada Goose, and isolated on these islands for thousands of years, it has evolved into a distinct species. The reduced webbing of the foot and the ruffle-feathered neck are characteristic of this bird. Living in patches of meadow bounded by lava, the Nene thrives on a diet of berries and grasses.

By the mid 1940’s, when Hawaii’s wild Nene population was less than 50 birds, an international effort, centered in England was initiated to save the species from extinction. As of 1975, over 1400 birds have been released on Maui and Hawaii; of these, 391 were set free in Haleakala National Park. Additional young are now reared in these two holding pens; a critical factor in this project is to “imprint” them to this elevation and climate.

Through the dedication of many concerned individuals, the Nene has been temporarily saved. Hopefully, in a world enriched by its wildlife, this unique Hawaiian bird will continue to survive.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 20° 45.57′ N, 156° 14.778′ 
National Park Headquarters Visitor Center-gate in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
2. National Park Headquarters Visitor Center-gate in the distance
W. Marker is in Kula, Hawaii, in Maui County. Marker is on Crater Road. Click for map. The marker is located at the park headquarters visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Kula HI 96790, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wind, Wave and Wings-Oodemas maulense- (here, next to this marker); Ranch Wall (approx. 1.5 miles away); Haleakala National Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Haleakala National Park (approx. 12.9 miles away); Palapala Hoomau Congregational Church (approx. 14.5 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment
 
Haleakala National Park-distant photo from the HQ Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
3. Haleakala National Park-distant photo from the HQ Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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