The Red-crested cardinal was introduced to Oahu and Kauai in the late 1920’s – early 1930’s from South America. By the 1960’s the birds had spread to the islands of Maui and Hawaii. Today, the species is fairly well established on all the main Hawaiian islands.
This beautiful bird was photographed on the island of Maui.
The red-crested cardinal is easily mistaken for the abundant Yellow-billed Cardinal, which was also introduced to Hawaii.
A Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle cruises the sea floor off the Oahu shoreline looking for a bite to eat. read more
Just another big wave rollin’ in on west Maui.. but wait, I see not one but two whales breaching in the distance! read more
“Keep on keeping on” , the 3 finned Honu making his way to the surface for a quick breath read more
Like honeymooners on the islands, Hawaii’s green sea turtles enjoy laying on the beach under the sun, taking in the warmth and cuddling up to each other. read more
Yep, that is a BigFin Reef Squid, was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it in 35ft of water with no real reef in sight. read more
Stealthy, silent, fast, and beautiful–a white tip reef shark cruises in a shallow reef in Hawaiian waters. read more
A beautiful duno of honu (sea turtles) cruise through Hawaiian waters. read more
Schooling Millet Butterflyfish cruise inside an underwater channel in search of their next meal. read more
Being up-close-and-personal with a pair of humpback whales is an adventure not easily forgotten. read more
The ʻIʻiwi bird or ‘Hawaiian Honeycreeper’ spends its day drinking nectar out of the flowers in Haleakala National Park. read more
A young green sea turtle relaxes as workers from the Maui Ocean Center care for it. read more