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The Pair, ‘Alalā


oil on canvas, 2019
36 in x 48 in
Includes black floater frame

The species of Hawaiian crow, once on the verge of extinction has been the subject of intensive captive breeding programs to boost their numbers to over 125 in captivity. Revered in Hawaiian culture and the last of its kind, two birds Mana`olana and Manaiakalani were observed in May of 2019 tending to a next and eggs, a first ever in the wild and cause for hope that the ‘alalā may once more thrive in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Hawaiian forest of south Hilo.