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Flora and Fauna

The State Flower

The state flower is the yellow Hibiscus Brackenridgei.

The State Tree

A Polynesian introduced plant species the kukui, better known as the candlenut. The nuts of this tree provided the ancient Hawaiians with light, oil, relishes, and medicine.

The State Bird

The Nene (pronounced "nay-nay") is a land bird and a variety of goose. It has adapted itself to life in the harsh lava country by transforming its webbed feet into a claw-like shape and modifying its wing structure for shorter flights. Hunting and wild animals all but destroyed...

State Mammal

The Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is an endangered species protected throughout Hawaii. They spend much of their time in the ocean but enjoy resting on sandy beaches.

The State Marine Mammal

The Humpback Whale, an annual visitor to Hawaiian waters and so designated in 1979. Learn more about humpback whales. Read More

The State Fish

The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (pronounced "humuhumunukunukuapuaa") is a Hawaiian Triggerfish, so named because of its triggerlike dorsal fins.