Hanalei Wildlife Refuge: Protecting The Hawaii State Bird, the Nene Goose
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What is taro? Well, for you Malihini - or visitors - you will see green leaves around Hanalei Wildlife Refuge, which are the edible taro leaves. That aside, the underground bulb-like stems from the Taro plants that are buried in dirt, were the main source of staple for Hawaiians for centuries.
In addition to growing taro, Hanalei is also a National wildlife refuge that protects 5 endangered water birds and 45 other bird species. Try to drive slowly along the road while you're there, and see if you can spot these precious fowls. You might find the Hawaii state bird, the Nene Goose, or maybe the endangered Hawaiian stilt, or Ke’oke’o, as we call it in Hawaiian, with its long legs. Other common birds it houses are the native duck and coot.
So, take your time enjoying the view of this lush green wildlife refuge when you’re in the area. Just remember that you cannot enter the taro fields, because it’s on private property.
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