Earth Foundation

Stewards of the Land, Sea and Native Cultures

Endangered in Hawaii

Problems for Hawaii’s Environment

The beauty of Hawaii took millions of years to develop, and Hawaii is close to becoming irreparably damaged in a comparative blink of an eye. Though Hawaii remains majestic with incomparable, ravishing beauty, there are fewer crown jewels left in the magic of Hawaii.

Native Hawaiians Endangered

The reason HAWAII feels so wonderful to tourists and locals is more than just the astounding beauty. It is also the 1,500 years that the indigenous Native Hawaiian people have put their energy, their mana, their hearts and souls into the land itself that does so much to make Hawaii FEEL and be as wonderful as it is. This is the “spirit of Aloha.”

Native Hawaiians understand the wisdom of the phrase, “No Hawaiians, No Aloha.”

Traditional Native Hawaiian culture is on the endangered list. Hawaii is perhaps the most racially sophisticated and one of the most tolerant places in the world. Its 1,500 year culture has taught Hawaiians: to respect and protect individuals, that small is beautiful and better, that laughing is essential to life, and the prevailing importance of nurturing and protecting Hawaii’s children through a close-knit family, extended family (“ohana”), neighborhood, community, and island. Simultaneously, there is great magic in Hawaii. The Hawaiians have a clear instinct of solid, spiritual relationship and an understanding with nature itself and the land, ocean, and animals of the land and sea. Evaluation needs to quickly be done of the decline of traditional Hawaiian culture with local Hawaiians, including causes, solutions, and current examples of cultural preservation being initiated by Native Hawaiian leaders.

Endangered Species

The incomparably beautiful tropical paradise of Hawaii is also the endangered species capital of the U.S., with 27% of the U.S. endangered species inhabiting Hawaii. In addition, 72% of all extinctions on U.S. record have occurred in Hawaii. Hawaii is the endangered species capital of our world because of two main reasons: isolation and foreign invaders. The Hawaiian Islands isolated from the world started out barren and lifeless and was considered a paradise. The first flora and fauna arrived by ocean waves and/or jet stream, by birds’ droppings, and by hitch-hiking on a piece of object. The species adapted to the island environment.

The animals and plants in Hawaii slowly evolved to be defenseless because they had no fear of predators. Hawaii’s flora and fauna lived a happy and peaceful life and many unique species evolved, but this all came to an end when our foreign intruders arrived. In addition to humans, other foreign intruders include introduced animal and plant species. Endangered species include Hawaii’s state bird the Nene goose, the Hawaiian monk seal, and the Hawaiian green sea turtle, among others.