Flora and Fauna
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 Nene (pronounced "nay-nay") is a land bird and a variety of goose. First protected in 1967, after more than five decades, the species is no longer in immediate danger of extinction though the nene still faces threats and needs on-going protection.
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.