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Ka Huakaʻi 'Imi Loa a Palila - Palila's Great Journey

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"Ka Huaka‘i ‘Imi Loa Palila, Palila's Great Journey," is a new children's book about an adventurous palila that discovers the importance of his forest home on the slopes of Hawaiʻi Island's Mauna Kea Volcano. It is published by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in the town of Hilo.

Written in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i and English by Keone Kelekolio with illustrations by Eve Furchgott.

Hardcover, 9.5" x 11", 45 pages.

Conservation note: (Loxioides bailleui) When the Palila's whistle-like call echoed repeatedly through the forest, the Hawaiians believed it to be a sign of impending rain. Today this distinctive call is heard only in the restricted range Palila now inhabit on Mauna Kea. Palila now inhabit less than 10 percent of their historical range. In an effort to restore Palila habitat, most of the feral goats and sheep were removed from Mauna Kea in 1982. This action and continued management of the mamane-naio ecosystem will undoubtedly benefit the Palila and other native birds, such as the `Akiapola`au, who share this woodland habitat.