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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.
Photographed 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.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1975.
 
Location. 20° 45.57′ N, 156° 14.778′ W. Marker is in Kula, Hawaii, in Maui County. Marker is on Crater Road. The marker is located at the park headquarters visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kula HI 96790, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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˝ miles away); Haleakalā National Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pa Ka‘oao (approx. 3.2 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Haleakala National Park (approx. 12.9 miles away); Palapala Hoomau Congregational Church (approx. 14˝ miles away).
 
National Park Headquarters Visitor Center-gate in the distance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
2. National Park Headquarters Visitor Center-gate in the distance
Haleakala National Park-distant photo from the HQ Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
3. Haleakala National Park-distant photo from the HQ Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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