Native Hawaiian Names for Birds



Native Hawaiian Names for Birds

Tailored from the Threatened podcast

That is BirdNote. 

    [clip of Noah’s mele]

Noah Gomes is an educator and researcher with a life-long love of birds and a ardour for Hawaiian tradition and language.

Noah Gomes: Our native birds have a variety of which means in a variety of alternative ways. A variety of them seem in our tales and our mele, our chants. 

[ʻIʻiwi calls, XC 157360]

His analysis into Native Hawaiian names for birds has make clear the long-standing connections between folks and birds on the islands. Noah helped reconnect the identify ʻAlawī to the chook in any other case referred to as the Hawaiian Creeper. 

Noah Gomes: Names are energy, proper? one thing’s identify, you’ve a level of familiarity with it, you’ve a relationship you’re constructing with it. Figuring out the identify for this chook is ʻAlawī connects us the place all of a sudden it’s related to every kind of issues in our previous that we didn’t learn about. It’s significantly vital for Native peoples who’ve skilled lack of their language, um, as a result of there are such a lot of issues encoded in that.

By exploring the hyperlinks between people and wildlife, Noah says we are able to discover higher methods to dwell alongside these birds, a lot of that are vulnerable to extinction.

Noah Gomes: All the pieces is simply actually linked — in a variety of alternative ways — inside the Indigenous world, inside the science world. There are issues that we are able to be taught from the Indigenous mind-set. Not simply dwelling, however the mind-set – and the views which are concerned with that that may inform our practices at this time. 

Study extra about Hawai‘i’s birds and their cultural connection to Native Hawaiians on the Threatened podcast. Pay attention in your podcast app or at I’m Ari Daniel.


Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. ʻIʻiwi Xeno Canto 157360 recorded by T. Hamel.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote   August 2022         
Narrator: Ari Daniel

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