'Akohekohe
published by: Candace Whiting

The crested honeycreeper also known as the 'Akohekohe now lives on the slopes of Haleakala on the island of Maui. The Akohekohe used to live on Molokai, but it is thought to be extinct on that island. The crested honeycreeper either somehow flew to Hawaii or was blown by a storm. They got their name because of the way they creep around when sipping nectar from their favorite Lehua blossoms. After time, the Akohekohe developed into fifty different types of honeycreepers. Most of the fifty types of honeycreepers are endangered or extinct.

The 'Akohekohe is a colorful, aggressive bird. It is a gray, white, black and orange sparrow-sized bird. The crested honeycreeper often chases away other forest birds that like to feed on its favorite Lehua blossoms.

The Akohekohe likes to eat small insects and likes to sip nectar out of mainly Lehua blossoms. Other kinds of honeycreepers have heavy bills to crush seeds and some have bills like Wood Peckers to get insects out of tree bark. The 'Akohekohe has a hook-shaped beak.

The 'Akohekohe is endangered because we are destroying it's forests and hunting it for it's feathers. Another reason it is endangered is because in old Hawaii the 'Akohekohe's feathers were used for feather capes and helmets.

The Akohekohe is being protected by the Nature Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve on Maui and other reserves. Some ways we can help the Akohekohe are by not burning down it's forests and by not hunting it for its feathers or any other reason.