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Manu O Kū is the Hawaiian name for the White or Fairy Tern.

 In Hawaiian, manu means bird and refers to one of the four great Hawaiian gods.

The Manu O Kū is the perfect urban wildlife ambassador.

By Order of Proclamation Manu O Kū is the Official Bird of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Do you know why?

Do You Know…

When does a Manu O Kū need a boarding pass?

Livestream/on demand

Spend 5 minutes touring Iolani Campus with Yvonne Chan

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Manu O Kū can learn people’s faces?

Join Hui Manu O Kū for highlights from “Terns Across the Seas.” Four guest experts compare physical and behavioral traits among birds in Australia, Hawaiʻi and in between.

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Do You Know…

These birds help navigators?

Look to the Manu O Kū for navigation help on the seas. Join Polynesian Voyaging Society volunteer, Darienne Dey, at water’s edge to learn how!

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5/8 —  Did You Know…

An ancient story talks about the black eye markings?

Makahiapo Cashman, Director of UH Manoa Ka Papa Lo’i O Kanewai, retells the story of Manu O Kū and Maui!

Whatʻs in a name? White Tern, Fairy Tern, Kākāia…Manu O Kū…

What does legend say about those black ʻeyelinerʻ rings around their eyes?

Listen to the story!
Full Length Videos

5/9  —  VIDEOS on vimeo channel

Full Length Videos

From our partner organizations, learn everything you didnʻt know about Manu O Kū, native seabird of Hawaiʻi, from the experts!

These videos are in the range of 30 minutes in length, like a tv show.

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5/8  —  Storytime1


with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Preservation Ohana

“Honey Girl”, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

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Honey Girl The Monk Seal

coming 5/10

Citizen Science

Manu O Kū breed only on Oahu, and love to nest in city trees.

Learn how to locate nests using Apple and Google Maps, and how to join the “street team” of volunteers reporting new nests and rescuing little ones that fall out of the nest!