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Each plant, animal, and insect in the rainforest has a specific role. These organisms depend on one another for survival. This interdependence among the organisms, including man, has kept the rainforest in balance. As people settled and traveled to the islands, rainforests were replaced by agriculture, especially sugar, pineapple, and ranching. Other plants and animals also were introduced to the environment. Some of these plants and animals were invasive and became a threat to the balance of the rainforest.

Interdependence in Hawaiis Rainforest

Adaptations in Hawaiis Rainforest

Before people arrived, Hawaiis location made it difficult for many plants, animals, and insects to reach the islands. The islands are surrounded by ocean. The nearest continent is 2,400 miles away. Even those that dispersed well had a small target of land in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth. The few species that made their way to the islands found a huge range of opportunities to adapt to the different environments. As a result, some of the worlds most unique endemic organisms developed in Hawaii. Energy in a rainforest is passed on through the natural flow of energy among the organisms. The food chain shows how each living organism gets its energy from food, and then passes that energy along to other organisms. Human and animal activities and interactions with the rainforest have affected the quality of the flow of energy in the rainforests.

The Flow of Energy in Hawaiis Rainforest

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Adaptations in Hawaiis Rainforest Survival in Hawaiis Rainforest

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Understanding the Hawaiian Rainforest

The Hawaiian Islands Unique Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 The Hawaiian Rainforest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Native, Endemic, and Indigenous Inhabitants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Legendary Connections

The Menehune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 10
Ka Nhou Rainforest Adaptations

Story of the Honeycreepers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1112

Rainforest Factoids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1314

Kauai Elepaio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Hawaiian Hoary Bat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Nuku Iiwi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Carnivorous Caterpillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Snail-Eating Caterpillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Khuli Snail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Linking the Past, Present, and Future

Unique Adaptations

Ask a Wildlife Biologist, Jack Jeffrey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 20


Activities and Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 22

Reading for Information

Helpful Reading Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Hawaiian Words and Phrases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Resources and References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 32 Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 34
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The Hawaiian Islands Unique Location

The Hawaiian islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, more than 2,400 miles from the nearest continent. The islands lie north of the equator and just south of the Tropic of Cancer. In this region, few changes in the climate occur. Daytime temperatures range between 78 and 85 degrees throughout the year. The volcanic islands formed a variety of unique surface features. Land rises from sea level at the coastline to the mountaintops. The highest mountain in Hawaii is Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawaii. It rises more than 13,000 feet above sea level. The different altitudes of the islands mountains, the amount of rainfall, and temperature create a variety of climate zones that provide ideal conditions for rainforests. In fact, Hawaii has 11 of the worlds 13 climate zones. Abundant rainfall and warm temperatures add to the tropical rainforests growth and survival.

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Tropical rainforests are located between 23.5 N latitude and 23.5 S latitude. The Hawaiian islands are 2,400 miles away from the nearest continent.

You may know of some of these rainforests:

Koolau Mountains of Oahu East Molokai Mountains

Wainiha of Kauai

West Maui Mountains Windward East Maui

Lnaihale of Lnai Hmkua Forest of Hilo, Hawaii Island

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Kohala Mountains of Hawaii Island Ka Forest of Hawaii Island

Rainforests in Hawaii are generally found in upland regions. While different types of rainforests may be found at different elevations, most are found on the windward side of the island, which may receive anywhere from 50 to 350 inches of rain per year.

Location of the Rainforests in Hawaii

The Wainiha Rainforest

The Menehune and the Birds animated story takes place in the Wainiha Valley. Wainiha Valley is located above Haena on the windward coast of Kauai. Legend tells of the menehune who dwelled at Lau, an area of rocky ridges and gulches separating the Wainiha and Lumahai rivers deep within the valley. Today, Wainiha Preserve is a well-known rainforest stretching from the Wainiha Valley to the Alakai Summit Plateau, located more than 3,000 feet above sea level. The Hawaiians divided this land into ahupuaa. Each ahupuaa included the area that stretched from the mountain top out to the open ocean. The ina (land) was also divided into horizontal zones, according to altitude of the land and type of vegetation found in each zone. The forested area of the Hawaiian ahupuaa was called the wao.

The Wainiha rainforest preserve, or wao, is home to three major Hawaiian ecosystems:

Wainiha Bottom Stream

Lowland wet forests are found up to elevations of 2,000 feet. This area usually receives more than 75 inches of rainfall per year. Lowland wet forests were once abundant in Hawaii and were important habitats to native species. The area was known as the wao kanaka. Men harvested the forest resources for canoes, medicine, bird feathers, greenery for lei, and other daily needs.

Wainiha Valley

Above the lowland forest of the slopes of Mount Waialeale is an example of a montane forest. A montane forest grows on cool, moist slopes of mountains up to an altitude of 3,300 feet. The Hawaiians knew this forest area as the wao akua, the dense area of forest where the spirits lived. This was the home of K, god of war, and upright growth. K was known as the protector of the forest plants. In ancient Hawaii, man hardly entered this area of the forest. The kia manu, skilled bird catchers, could only enter this area after asking permission from the gods. By not disturbing this area, the seed-producing trees were able to keep the forest healthy with new growth. The Alakai Plateau is known for many natural communities, including montane bogs. Bogs occur in flat places where rainwater gathers faster than it can drain away. These waterlogged areas are usually covered with low-lying plants, grasses, mosses, and stunted trees. Above the montane, Mount Waialeale peaks at an elevation of 5,006 feet. Mount Waialeale is the wettest spot on Earth. It receives 460 inches of rain per year. Together with the steep pali surrounding the valley on three sides, this area provides remarkable Laau-Wainiha Summit examples of this wet forest and wet cliffs, which the Hawaiians called the wao Maukele. The highest section of Mount Waialeale was known as the sacred mountaintop called the kuahiwi (backbone). Because the height of the mountains varied on each island, the horizontal land divisions were not always the same. What was similar was how the Hawaiians followed the unwritten rules of the use of the different mountain zones.

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Layers of the Rainforest

The rainforest is the home to a variety of organisms. The plants and trees form four layers of growth. Like the birds and insects, these plants and trees found their way to the islands by wind; water; or on the wings, feet, or feathers of birds.

1. The emergent layer is made up of the

tallest trees that sprout out above the rest of the trees. In the Hawaiian rainforest, some of the koa grew above the hia trees to form the emergent layer.

3. The understory is made up of tree ferns, shrubs, young trees, and flowering plants. This level receives less sun, so the plants leaves are larger to capture the sunlight they need to survive. Smaller trees in the understory, such as the lapa, pilo, and manono provide berries for birds.
The amau and hpuu (ferns) were the most common plants in the understory. Understory Fern spores are easily dispersed by wind. The shoots were harvested for food and the pulu (silky hair on the stems and buds) was used for bedding and medicine. Today, fern roots are used as potting material for orchids. The lobeliads (kolii) are also common in the understory. Lobeliads made their way to the islands millions of years ago. From just a few species, they developed into more than 108 species. They are known as bellflowers because of their shape. Many of the nectar-feeding birds feed on the lobelia flowers. Over the years, the birds beaks have developed the shape of the flower. Most of the insects and tree snails are found in this layer of the forest.

Emergent Layer

brella over the forest. The leaves that form the canopy receive most of the sunlight, which the trees need to produce their food. The canopy shades the forest floor by blocking out the sunlight. The hia and the koa trees dominate Hawaiis rainforest canopy.

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According to botanists (scientists that study plants), the hia was one of the first trees to make its way to the Hawaiian islands. Its small seeds were scattered by breezes from which more trees easily sprouted. Native forest birds, such as the apapane, amakihi, and iiwi, feed on the lehua nectar of the hia tree. The Hawaiians used its trunk for carved temple idols, poi bowls, and spears. It was sometimes used for black dye and brewed for tea. Koa is a native tree species. It is the largest Hawaiian tree. It can grow to more than 100 feet tall with an 11-foot diameter. Its sickle-shaped leaves are actually the leaf stalks that have been flattened. The trunk of the koa was used for double-hulled canoes, paddles, weapons, and surfboards. Stories tell of how the Hawaiians knew which trees were healthy for building their canoes by watching the elepaio. If the elepaio pecked on its trunk, it was a sign that the tree probably housed insects, and, therefore, was not good for building a canoe. It is estimated that more than 50 species of endemic insects can live on the koa.

Forest Floor

4. The forest floor is where leaves and fallen branches decompose. These provide

nutrients to the soil. Low-growing mosses, fungi, and algae are found in this layer of the forest.

Making Connections

What are the three amazing things you learned about Hawaii because of its location? In which parts of the rainforest did the animated story, The Menehune and the Birds, take place? Provide at least two clues from the story that support your answer.

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Where Did the Native Inhabitants Come From?

Plant seeds, small insects, and bats that were light enough were carried by strong wind currents to the islands. A few organisms may have been transported on floating materials, like logs, in the ocean. About 95% of the flowering plant seeds and snails are thought to have made it to the islands on the wings, feet, or in digestive systems of migrating birds. Because of the distance from other land masses, no reptiles, amphibians, or mammals, except for the Hoary Bat and monk seal, were able to reach the islands. Because of the difficulty to reach the islands, scientists think that a new species arrived and survived once every 35,000 to 50,000 years. Once the organisms reached the islands, their survival depended on the adaptations they made to the different environments.

Organisms that reach Hawaii without human assistance are referred to as native. Scientists estimate that approximately 700 plant, animal, and insect species made their way to Hawaii without human assistance. Native organisms can be either endemic or indigenous.


Frigate Hoary Bat


The native organisms that are found in Hawaii and elsewhere are indigenous. For example, the frigate bird (iwa) made its way to Hawaii naturally, but can also be found in other tropical oceans of the world. The frigate is, therefore, indigenous.

Nuku iiwi

Monk Seal


Some of the plants and animals that arrived in Hawaii found themselves in new environments with new food sources. Over many years, their features and behaviors developed to survive in the new environment. For example, some of the birds that didnt have predators developed into flightless birds. Some of the thorny plants or poisonous sap lost their thorns and poison, which served as defenses in previous environments. As a result, 90% of the native organisms developed to be unique to only Hawaii. Organisms that cannot be found anywhere else in the world are endemic to Hawaii.
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30 million years ago

The Hawaiian islands were being formed.

10 million years ago

Plants, insects, and birds begin to find their way to the islands. 8

The animated story of The Menehune and the Birds takes place in Wainiha Valley, Kauai. Kauai was known as the chiefdom of the menehune folk (Handy, p. 404). According to stories, the menehune settled at Lau, above Wainiha Valley. Stories tell us that the menehune may have migrated from Ka-paia-haa (New Zealand) (Beckwith, p.301) or from Kahiki-ka-paia-haa (Tahiti) (Andrade, p. 8). In the ancient chants of Kauai, the menehune were asked to come help Ola, their chief on Kauai. They came to build structures, such as temples (heiau), fishponds, roads, and waterways to taro patches in the mountains (Handy, p. 404).

The Menehune

The menehune were said to work only in the nighttime and seldom were seen. They were able to complete great building projects in a single night. If they could not, they left the project incomplete (Pealosa, p. 14). The Alekoko (Menehune Fishpond) on Kauai, the worlds largest reservoir, was too large to complete in one night. It was left unfinished. The other project that is believed to be built by the menehune is Kka ola (Menehune Ditch). The ditch brought water to the taro fields in the hills of Waimea, Kauai. The Menehune Fishpond and the Menehune Ditch can still be seen on Kauai.

The Menehune Fishpond on the island of Kauai

The Menehune Ditch on the island of Kauai

Today, trails can still be seen along the high cliffs above Wainiha called Ke-ala-pii-aka-Menehune (the climbing road of the Menehune) (Handy, p. 404). Along the cliffs, there is evidence that they planted wild taro, yams, ferns, and bananas.
Mookini Heiau on the island of Hawaii

The menehune are described as 2 to 3 feet in height and are known for their great strength and energy.

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At one time, the menehune population was so large, they had to eat opae (shrimp), because there wasnt enough fish. One description of their numbers is described as grown men can form two rows from Makaweli to Wailua, (approximately 21 miles). (Beckwith, p. 302). They are said to have lived in Hawaii before the arrival of settlers from Polynesia. When the Polynesians came to the islands, the menehune are said to have left for the islands north of Hawaii. In a census taken in early 1800, 65 persons of the 2,000 inhabitants of Wainiha Valley were registered as Menehune.

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Making Connections

Share other Menehune stories you have heard. Are there stories that relate to Menehune projects in your part of the island, like the Menehune Fishpond or Menehune Ditch? How is the idea of the Menehune applied to projects today? Observe the advertisements today that include Menehune characters, such as Menehune Water and Menehune Builders.

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6 million years ago

The island of Kauai was formed.

34 million years ago

Honeycreepers ancestors (finches) found their way to Hawaii. 10

How did organisms, such as the honeycreepers, adapt to their environment? It is believed that 20 species of birds inhabited Hawaiis different habitats. Over millions of years, these species developed into more than 100 endemic Hawaiian birds. The story of the honeycreepers (Drepanidinae) is one example of how organisms adapted. Scientists believe that a small flock of finches drifted to the islands by strong wind currents or a strong wind storm. These finches had short stout bills, adapted for feeding on small seeds, insects, and small fruits. These finches were called honeycreepers.

Finch-billed honeycreeper Endangered, Endemic Seen on the slopes of Mauna Kea (6,000 to 9,000 feet) 7 inches The palila feeds on buds, flowers, and young seed pods of the mmane tree. Because of this, its bill has not changed compared to other species of honeycreepers. It pulls the pod from the tree, then, on another branch, opens the hull with its beak while holding the pod with its claws. It also feeds on the fruit and flowers of the naio tree.

Kauai Amakihi
Endemic Found on Kauai, Oahu, subspecies found on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, and Lnai 4 inches It has a long and thick multipurpose bill that makes it possible to feed in different places. It eats insects beneath the bark of trees and sips on nectar from flowers in the understory. It has adapted to introduced fruits, such as java plum and the banana poka.

Endemic Common on Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui 5 inches The iiwi eats nectar from hia blossoms and lobeliads, and feeds on insects and spiders. Its bill is long, curved, salmon colored and fits the flower tubes that it feeds on.

Fitting the Bill

The honeycreepers that survived in the different environments developed beaks that fit the shape of the nectar flowers they fed on.


In Hawaii, there were more than 100 different natural habitats in which these finches could have survived. There were a variety of food sources. There were no organisms that competed for their food. Some fed on the nectar and insects in hard-toreach places. Some fed on seeds. Over millions of years, these finches became isolated from one another in the different natural habitats. As a result, the birds developed into more than 50 species. Their colors changed, their body features and behaviors changed, and even their bills changed. These changes helped them survive in the habitat in which they settled.

Endangered or Extinct, Endemic Seen in Hawaii forests (above 4,500 feet) 4 inches The kepa searches for food at the hia tree tops. It has a short, d cone-like bill with crosse bill tips. It uses its bill to open seed pods and scales of leaf buds, so it can reach insects inside of the buds.

Endemic Native forests on all main islands 5 inches The apapane can be seen flying above the forest canopy. Its slightly curved bill allows it to sip nectar from flowers of the hia lehua. It also feeds on the flowering koa, mmane, and eucalyptus.

Endangered, Endemic Native forests of the island of Hawaii 5 inches The kiaplau uses its short, straight lower bill to peck at the bark and uses its long, curved upper bill to get the insects and grubs out of the cracks of tree barks or branches.

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Polynesian Migration AD 300-800


The original Polynesians arrived probably from the Marquesas. They brought with them edible plants and animals.


The arrival of British explorer, James Cook, was possibly the first contact with European explorers.


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The different mints are known for their scents that people use to flavor their food. Animals, such as goats and sheep, avoided these plants because of their scent. These scents served as protection or defense from being eaten by the goats and sheep. Because there were no goats or sheep in early Hawaii, many of the mints stopped producing the scented oil.
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Loss of Oil Scents

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Approximately 90% of native organisms are endemic or unique to the Hawaiian islands.

Scientists estimate that only one plant seed that made its way to Hawaii by wind, wings, or water successfully established itself every 20,000 to 30,000 years.

Before humans arrived in the islands, how long did it take for a new plant to establish itself?

What percentage of the native organisms developed to adapt to Hawaiis unique environment?

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What is an Adaptive Shift?

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Forest and Mountain Birds of the Hawaiian Islands He alii ka manu. A bird is a chief. A bird flies and perches higher than any human. (Pukui 534, p. 63)

Hawaiian Hoary Bat

The elepaio (Chasiempis sandwichensis) is a member of the endemic flycatcher family (Muscicapidae). It is 5 inches long with a short, straight gray bill. Its name sounds like its song e-le-pa-i-o, a squeaky whistle sound. Each islands elepaio looks different, as it has adapted to the different environments. The Kauai subspecies has a gray-brown back with a pale breast of light orange. It has white tail tips and rump and two white bars on its wings. It darts around and snatches insects, such as moths and flies, in the understory and even flies up to the canopy to find insects. They can still be seen on Kauai and Hawaii, but are considered endangered on Oahu. Canoe builders considered the elepaio their guardian spirit. They believed that the elepaio led them to the right koa tree to use to build their canoes. If the elepaio pecked at the tree it landed on, it meant that the tree was full of bugs, and, therefore, not good for canoe building. If it landed on a tree and began singing, the men believed that the tree would be good for building the canoe. An ancient proverb states, Ua elepaio ia ka waa, or, The elepaio has [marked] the canoe [log], meaning there is an indication of definite failure. (Pukui 2777, p. 306)

Kauai Elepaio

The hoary bat is the only native land mammal that inhabited the Hawaiian islands. Scientists guess that the hoary bat may have arrived on a wind current or drifted on a log from the North American continent. They are not sure when the bat arrived. Because there are no fossils of the bat and the appearance of the Hawaiian bat is less grizzled than the North American bats, scientists believe that it could have arrived more than 10,000 years ago. It is called hoary (frosty) because its dark-brown and gray fur is lightly colored with silverwhite tinges. The Hawaiians named it peapea, which means half-leaf. The wings, when extended, looks like half of a taro leaf. The hoary bat is thought to be a subspecies of the North American hoary, but the Hawaiian hoary bat established a unique population in Hawaii that is now endemic to the Hawaiian islands. It can be found at elevations between 3,280 and 13,500 feet. Its body has developed to fly about in the dense habitat. As a result, it weighs 6 ounces, which is half of the weight of the North American species. It has a 3-inch body and a wingspan of about 14 inches. The wings have evolved to beat faster to catch flying insects. It feeds on flying termites, moths, and other insects, including hard-bodied insects, such as beetles, which the bat crushes with its powerful jaw. It is prey to the native io (Hawaiian hawk) and the native pueo (Hawaiian owl). Because of the loss of the native forests to agricultural growth, scientists believe that the population of the bat has been reduced. Although they were not able to get accurate counts in 1969, and again in 1973, the hoary bat was determined to be an endangered species. It can be found on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the island of Hawaii.

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Nuku Iiwi (Strongylodon ruber)

The nuku iiwi (Strongylodon ruber) is an endemic woody climbing vine. It is a member of the pea family. It is found in the forests of Molokai, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai between the elevations of 600 to 2,700 feet. Its bright orange-red flowers are narrow and curved, coming to a point. In Hawaiian, nuku iiwi means beak of the iiwi because it looks like the shape of the beak of the iiwi (Vestiaria coccinea), an endangered native Hawaiian honeycreeper bird. Nuku iiwi plants still survive at the lower elevations where iiwi birds once lived.

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Carnivorous Caterpillars

Have you ever watched what a caterpillar eats? We usually think about caterpillars eating the leaves of plants. But have you heard about carnivorous caterpillars? Of the estimated 160,000 known caterpillars (butterfly or moth species), less than 200 eat meat. These carnivorous caterpillars have been discovered in Hawaii forests.

Native Tree Snail (Khuli or Pp)

The Oahu tree snails may have been transported by floating logs or rafts that washed up on Hawaiis shores, or the snail eggs could have been carried in the mud on the feet of migrating birds. These are tiny snails averaging inches in length. Their shells are smooth and glossy with different patterns and colors. They live under leaves of the hia and kopiko trees, above 1,300 feet. The snails feed on the fungi of the leaves. Because they are nocturnal, they are safe from predators. Unlike other snails, this snail gives birth to only one snail at a time, four times a year. Most of the snails live for 10 years. The snails spend their entire lifetime on the underleaf of one tree.

Camouflage Works

The caterpillar of the moth (Eupithecia scoriodes) is endemic to Hawaii. It has developed adaptive features that help it survive. It disguises itself as bark, a twig on a branch, or part of a fern leaf. The hairs on its back serve as feelers. When it feels prey, it twists backward and snatches it with its pincer-type front legs.

Snail-Eating Caterpillar

A new species of caterpillar (Hyposmocoma) was discovered by Daniel Rubinoff, an invasive species biologist at the University of Hawaii. Rubinoff collected these caterpillars from the wet rainforests on Maui, Molokai, Kauai, and the island of Hawaii. He fed them carrot, lichen, and algae, which caterpillars are known to eat. The caterpillars wouldnt eat them. When a snail was placed with the caterpillar, it used silk-spinning to capture the snail for its food. According to Rubinoff, the caterpillars developed these adaptive features because snail predators, such as ants and yellow jacket wasps, werent around as animals began to inhabit the forests. Therefore, the caterpillars developed these unique features to take advantage of a new source of food.

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Making Connections

Inspired by Photographs
Browse through any book, magazine, or watch a video about the native birds of Hawaii, and youre sure to come across a Jack Jeffrey photograph. Jack says his claim to fame, is his native bird photography, which he has been also doing for many years. If you see a photograph of a native bird, 9 out of 10 times, its a photograph that was taken by Jack. I started photographing birds because I thought that having pretty pictures of Hawaiis native birds was important in protecting them. Because many of Hawaiis birds are only found in remote forests, where the average person never goes, the birds are never seen by the public. But, if people know what these special birds look like, then they are more likely to support funding to protect them. Jack finds all of his work fascinating. From searching for nests, to surveying birds in remote forests, building fences to protect native habitat, or sitting for hours waiting for a bird to come to a flower so that I can get the perfect photo; all of these are challenging, yet inspire me to want to do more for Hawaiis native species.

Jack Jeffrey has been a wildlife biologist in Hawaii for more than 30 years. During that time he has been conducting forest bird surveys, feral animal surveys, rare bird and plant surveys and most importantly, has been helping to protect more than 30,000 acres of native forest on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Jack Jeffrey Links the Past, Present, and Future

been planted in protected areas. Over the past 10 years Ive been watching these plants flower each year, but no iiwi had ever come to the nectar laden flowers because they had forgotten, over generations, that these flowers were a food source. In June of 2008, I was with a group of young students going to look at the plants. I was standing in front of the plants explaining to the group that I have never seen birds visiting the flowers when suddenly, there was an iiwi visiting the flowers! We watched stunned as the bird flew from flower to flower, pollinating and taking nectar. It was very exciting to be the first people in maybe 50100 years to see this! A few months later I was with a Hawaiian Studies group. I had just explained my excitement about seeing the iiwi pollinating the plants a few months before, but explained to the group that unless the fruit/seed are dispersed by mao, we wouldnt see much in the way of new plants. As we approached the very same plants, lo and behold, an mao flew from the plant. Upon inspection of the fruit we could see the tell-tail signs of fruit feeding by mao. The cycle had been completed! Q. Why study birds and other organisms in the rainforest? A. We need to know more about whats happening in Hawaiis forests. The threats, such as invasive species, from the outside are real, and we need as much information as possible about native species and the invasive species threats to protect Hawaiis native habitats and endemic species. Q. What is the one famous Jack Jeffrey quote you would like our students to remember about the organisms in the rainforest? A. Its up to all of us to make a difference in Hawaii and see that protection of native habitats continues. This will allow the iiwi to continue dipping its bill into the flowers and pollinating the h wai, to which it evolved a special connection. Q. What can our students do to be active partners in keeping a healthy natural community? A. Everyone needs to know that Hawaii is a very special place. Plants and animals found here are found nowhere else in the world. By knowing more about the problems confronting Hawaiis native species, students can help prevent invasive species introductions, habitat destruction, pollution of streams and ocean. Students can volunteer to help clean beaches, plant trees, assist biologists in growing native species. With knowledge of the issues, they can become part of the solution rather than being part of the problem.

Ask a Wildlife Biologist

Q. You have so many stories to tell about the birds in the rainforest. Is there a special one that our students would find fascinating? A. Because of millions of years of isolation many plants and birds in Hawaii have become reliant on each other for food, pollination, and seed dispersal. With the introduction of invasive species and habitat destructive species (i.e., cows, pigs, sheep), many plant populations have declined to a point where there are only a few left. The birds no longer use these plants as a nectar source, and so the plants no longer get pollinated. With no fruit and no seeds for reproduction, it wont be long before many of these plants become extinct. Plant scientists and interested people have been able to hand-pollinate some of these last plants, getting seeds and growing them in protective greenhouses. Once the plants are big enough, they are planted into large fenced areas where pigs, cattle, and other ungulates have been removed.
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Unique Organisms

(Activities and Projects)

Picture an imaginary organism in a tropical rainforest. Does it live in the canopy, understory, or forest floor? 1. Draw an image or create a 3-D model of the organism. 2. Describe its features and behaviors that help it survive. 3. Share your organism with your classmates. 4. Decide which organism that was created would have the best features and behaviors for survival.

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Take a walk through the nearest rainforest area, if possible. Take a photo of a unique organism. Find out what adaptations help your organism survive in its environment. Create an Organism Card with the information you find out about the organism.

What does it look like?

The Happy Face Spider has unusual markings on their bodies. Some have clown-like faces, others look like alien invaders. Each spider has a pattern that is different on each island. It is about inch long, including its legs.

The carnivorous caterpillar is an example of how camouflage helps an insect survive. What were the features and behaviors of the carnivorous caterpillar that helped it survive? 1. Invite your class to create imaginary insects that are camouflaged. 2. Each person selects an area in your school campus. Describe the habitat (may be written). 3. Create imaginary insects and place them in their habitat. 4. Conduct an insect hunt. Which insects were easily found? Which ones were well camouflaged? 5. Hunt for real insects that are well camouflaged. 6. Create an insect card for insects found.

Insect Camouflage

A Special Place

Where is it found?

The Happy Face Spider is found in the native rainforests of the island of Hawaii. They crawl around the tree trunks and leaves.

What do they eat?

The Happy Face Spider eats other spiders or plant nectar. It hunts for food at night.

What are its unique behaviors?

The female spider takes care of its eggs until theyre hatched. Although this happens, the spider is still endangered. The main reason is the fast rate of forest destruction. Also, larger insects are a threat to the spider.

Take a trip to a forested area near you. If you are not close to one, locate a place where there is more vegetation than homes. 1. Put into words your interaction with the place you have chosen. 2. Weave these words and phrases into a form that reflects your feelings. 3. Continue to record your interaction with the same place over a period of time in your E Hoomau! journal.

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Information and skills you are expected to know and demonstrate after you complete Adaptations in Hawaiis Rainforest:
1. Describe how the adaptations of an organism allow it to survive in an environment. 2. Use the science and grade-level vocabulary words and word-part clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. 3. Use text structures (cause and effect, compare and contrast) to help you understand what you read.

adaptation n. a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to survive The long, thin, and hollow beak of a honeycreeper is an adaptation that allows it to get nectar from flowers. colonize v. to survive or live in a place or environment Birds that made their way to Hawaii colonized the different forest environments. defend v. to protect against being harmed or attacked Organisms that can defend themselves will survive. definite adj. known for sure, certain We have definite proof that the Menehune built the fishpond. endemic adj. belonging to a particular place or area Many of the endemic organisms are being threatened by the changes in their environment. evidence n. something that helps prove whether or not something is true There is evidence that someone camped here. habitat n. an organisms natural living place or environment, which meets its needs to live and grow By protecting the rainforest, we preserve the habitat of the honeycreepers. indigenous adj. lives naturally in a specific region or area The frigate bird is an indigenous bird. It found its way to Hawaii without human assistance and can also be found in other tropical oceans of the world. native adj. arrived in the Hawaiian islands naturally Many of the native organisms adapted to Hawaiis rainforests. nutrient n. an important substance that people, animals, and plants need to live, grow, and stay healthy Insects are a good source of food because they are full of nutrients. organism n. any living thing The rainforest is home to many organisms. structure n. a part of an organism The structure of the birds wings helps it in flight. species n. group of organisms whose members have the same features and produce young (offspring) together The iiwi is a native bird species. survive v. to continue to live or exist The comfortable weather helps organisms survive in the rainforest. transform v. to change in form or appearance Changes in weather patterns can transform a healthy rainforest into a drier forest.

Helpful Reading Tools Understand Cause and Effect Text Structure: Look for the

authors text patterns and signal words that explain reasons or causes for an event or phenomenon. Because of the loss of the native forests to agricultural growth, scientists believe that the population of the bat was reduced.

for text patterns and signal words that explain similarities of and differences between two or more ideas. The hoary bat in Hawaii is smaller and has wings that beat faster than the North American hoary bat.

Understand Compare and Contrast Text Structure: Look

Word-Part Clues

1. Look for word-part endings -er, -or, and -ly. a. explorer/definitely 2. Remove the word-ending to determine its base. a. explore/definite 3. Use the surrounding words and phrases in the sentence it appears in to determine the meaning of the word. The Polynesian explorer kept his canoe sailing in hope of finding land. (Someone who explores or looks for something, such as land.) He wasnt too sure about all of the organisms that inhabited the Hawaiian forest floor, but definitely knew that he wouldnt find a snake. (He was very clear, or very sure he wouldnt find a snake.)

Science Words to Know

adaptation n. a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to survive The long, thin, and hollow beak of a honeycreeper is an adaptation that allows it to get nectar from flowers. habitat n. an organisms natural living place or environment, which meets its needs to live and grow By protecting the rainforest, we preserve the habitat of the honeycreepers. organism n. any living thing The rainforest is home to many organisms.

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ahupuaa n. Hawaiian land division extending from the uplands to the sea amakihi n. a Hawaiian honeycreeper with yellow-greenish body amau n. a type of fern apapane n. a Hawaiian honeycreeper with crimson body and black wings and tail elepaio n. a Hawaiian flycatcher believed to be the goddess of canoe makers hpuu n. fern io n. Hawaiian hawk iiwi n. a Hawaiian honeycreeper with a scarlet body lio holo kai n. Hawaiian monk seal (dog that runs in rough water) kia manu n. bird catcher koa n. largest native forest tree kolii n. lobelia kuahiwi n. backbone, sacred mountaintop manono n. a small forest shrub nuku iiwi n. beak of the iiwi hia n. a native forest tree lapa n. a native forest tree peapea n. Hawaiian hoary bat pali n. steep hill or slope pilo n. a native forest shrub pueo n. Hawaiian owl wao n. inland region, usually forested and uninhabited wao akua n. area of the forest where the spirits lived wao kanaka n. area of the forest where men harvested forest resources wao maukele n. wettest part of the forest

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Photo Credits Iiwi (Cover, i) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography ( Kamehemeha Butterfly (p. iii). . . . Courtesy Douglas Okamoto, Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Io (p. ii) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Apapane (p. iii). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Native Understory, Waikamoi Preserve, Maui (pp. 12) . . . . . . The Nature Conservancy Wainiha Valley (p. 3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nikolai Barca, The Nature Conservancy Wainiha Bottom Stream (p. 4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Faford, The Nature Conservancy Lau-Wainiha Valley From Summit (pp. 4, 10) . . The Nature Conservancy, Kauai Program Forest Canopy (p. 5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Forest Emergent Layer (p. 5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Native Understory, Waikamoi Preserve, Maui (p. 6). . . . . . . . . . The Nature Conservancy Forest Understory (p. 6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Forest Floor (p. 6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Hawaiian Hoary Bat (pp. 8, 16) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Frigate Bird (p. 8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr Nuku Iiwi (pp. 8, 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . Nathan Yuen, Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy Native Fern (p. 8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Mookini Heiau (p. 9). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy of Michael Q. Ceballos The Menehune Fishpond (p. 9) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy of Michael Q. Ceballos The Menehune Ditch (p. 10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy of Michael Q. Ceballos Unique Transformations (p. 11) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy of Douglas Pratt Apapane on Lehua (pp. 1112) . . . . . Jan Lepson, Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy Iiwi on Clermontia (p. 12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Palila on Mamane (p. 12) . . . . . Peter LaTourrette, Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy Amakihi (p. 12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Akiapolaau (p. 12). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Akepa (p.12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Kauai Elepaio (p. 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Collins, Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy Carnivorous Caterpillar (p. 17) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Nature Conservancy Achatinella Tree Snail (p. 18) . . . . Richard Dewey, Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy Jack Jeffrey (p. 20) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Jeffrey Photography Happy Face Spider (p. 21) . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Mull, Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) President and CEO Sharon Nelson-Barber Creative Producer Michael Q. Ceballos Evaluators Andrew Sahalie Chuck Giuli Executive Producer Ormond Hammond Curriculum Developer Ellen Miyasato Cultural Advisor Keikioewa Kapua, Kamehameha Schools Production Assistant Frances Oshiro Written Contributions Anita Bruce Winona Chang Jack Jeffrey Joylynn Paman Karen Victor Special Thanks To Christine Antolos John Camac Sheila Conant Javier Elizondo Sam Gon Myra Hasegawa Amber Inwood Ross Inouye Jack Jeffrey Michelle Gorham Jones Hedy Kaneoka Terry Kelly Scott Kunihiro Susan Kusunoki Jill Laughlin Kai Lono Marylin Low Corinne Misaki-Wingert Roger Osentoski Jennifer Padua Lori Phillips Casey Primacio Lee Ann nuenue Pnua Liane Sing Sean Soon Pamela Suga Grady Timmons Melissa Torres-Laing Norine W. Yeung AJB Resources Pacific Resources for Education and Learning Wildlife Biologist Curriculum Writer Science Teacher, Ke Kula o S. M. Kamakau LPCS Line Producer Kaira Resch Artist Bryson Luke Curriculum Advisors Susan Hanson Cheryl Taitague

Bishop Museum Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hahaione Elementary School Harold L. Lyon Arboretum

Hawaii Audubon Society Hawaii Department of Education Kamehameha Schools The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii

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