17 November 2016

Refuge to Endangered

Mauna Kea, Hawai’i aka Big island

Her Hawaiian name is ‘ahinahina. Others call her Mauna Kea Silversword for a reason. She lives nowhere else on Earth. Born and Raised high-up, on the slopes of Mauna Kea. With Sun and Cold. Where very few others can survive. Silver leaves protect her from the Sun. And help her conserve water. Flowers only once, at the end of her long life. Today nearly extinct, She lives on small pieces of land, fenced-off from the predators humans brought on the Island. Small gesture? Or an attempt to escape the torment of self guilt.

Ahinahina: About to enter Her Home

Ahinahina: This is a piece of land where She lives

Ahinahina: Fenced-off for Her protection

Ahinahina: Flowers once at the end of Her Long Life

Ahinahina: Silver leaves protect Her from the Sun

Ahinahina: Pleased to be Herself

Ahinahina: So Long. Stay safe.