Nene pair and chick at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Invasive Sugi Pine.
the lighter-colored tree in center front
One of the many invasive plants in refuge. There appears to be minimal control of exotic grasses (and other cover plants?). Land managers have their hands full with other species!
This blurry observation represents the perils of too many birding tours in the world, and not enough odonate ones. This meadow was our turn-around point, and as the rest of the group called for me to join them as they returned back up the hill, I was waiting to get a better glimpse that never came of a large darner patrolling back and forth. What was it -- something native and interesting? Or an introduced common darner? Dunno. I think if I could have stayed a while longer, all mystery would have been revealed to me.
Epiphyte from the pepper family. Our guide told a great Hawaiian story that was associated with this species and the red undersides of its leaves. Trying to find it online still!
About to disappear into the scotch broom-esque bush.
This common native tree and the kona were the two species that our group was taught so we could help each other with directions for bird-watching.
Small seeds, in hand.
A managed lobelia individual.
Possibly Clermontia peleana. The name I (badly) transcribed during the guide's explanation was "Clairmontia piralana." (Which could refer to either C. pelana or C. pyrularia, I suppose.) I'm not finding great matches of photos online but that could be for any number of reasons: (1) misidentified photos on the internet, (2) mistaken guide, (3) my mistake.
There are also two subspecies of C. peleana. From its wiki based on a FWS assessment and other citations: "When the plant was placed on the endangered species list, only ssp. peleana was believed extant, and it was known from eight remaining wild plants. The last of the eight died in the year 2000, and the species was then only known from one cultivated plant. Breeding efforts produced a number of seedlings that were transplanted into the species' native habitat, and by 2007, one of them was flowering....The other subspecies, ssp. singuliflora, was last seen on Hawaii in 1909 and Maui in 1920. It was declared extinct. In the summer of 2010 several actively reproducing specimens were discovered in the forests of the Hawaiian volcano Kohala, a place it had never been seen before. Seeds were collected and propagation efforts will be made."
Found under a rotting log. How much do you want to bet that this ends up to be an introduced type of pillbug?
Akepa are cavity nesters, and the group speculated that this individual was checking out a potential site.
A mintless mint - "lost" its mint chemical defenses in the absence of herbivores in which the defense was used. Note iiwi bill-shaped flowers.
Small moth in grass.
Some sort of invasive roadside aster.