Our 5th annual, but 1st ever “Virtual” Festival celebrated Honolulu’s official bird, the Manu O Kū in May 2020!

The Conservation Council for Hawaii, National Wildlife Federation, Hui Manu O Ku, and our valued festival partners bring you the festival “on demand” below!

Manu O Kū is the Hawaiian name for the White or Fairy Tern.
In Hawaiian, manu means bird and Kū refers to one of the four great Hawaiian gods.

These small seabirds are found across the tropical oceans of the world, and on the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Here on Oahu, they thrive and raise their young only on southern O‘ahu. In 2007, the City and County of Honolulu designated the Manu O Kū the city’s official bird. The Manu O Kū is the perfect urban wildlife ambassador.

Day 1: Welcome to the Festival!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Welcome to the Virtual Festival

Join the day’s festivities, live,or on-demand anytime!

Go to Saturday!

Day 2: Culture Day

Sunday, May 17

Culture Day

What is the ancient Hawaiian story of the Manu O Kū?

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

Seafaring Navigation with the Manu O Ku 

Polynesian Voyaging Society shows you how watching these birds gives you clues that have saved lives!

Go to Sunday!

Day 3: Keiki Day!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Keiki Day

Storytime with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Preservation Ohana

Honey Girl, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Keiki Q & A 

With Keith Swindle, U.S. Dept of Fish & Wildlife

Go to Monday!

Day 4: Join the Experts!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Join The Experts!

As we all go ‘virtual,’ so too does the Manu O Kū Festival!
Today, we hear from experts on Oahu, as well as Australia and St. Helena.
And, we play a fun matching game – test yourself!

Day 5: Baby Manu O Ku!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Day 5


Tree Day: Thursday, May 21, 2020

You simply have GOT to SEE this TREE! 


Friday, May 22, 2020

Rescue and Volunteer Day

We share enchanting video from the people and organizations that help rescue birds in need, to nurture and then release them so they may live!

We’ll hear from Susan Scott, The Hawaii Wildlife Center, Honolulu Zoo, and Hui Manu O Ku, as well as share stories and images from people who care.

Festival Friday!   

Manu O Kū Festival Sponsors

Laurence H. Dorcy Foundation

Conservation Council for Hawaii thanks our Manu O Kū Festival Partners