Updated at 5:44 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2007
City bird is manu-o-Ku, or white tern
Advertiser StaffFor the first time, the City and County of Honolulu has an official bird: the manu-o-Ku, or white tern.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann named the threatened indigenous bird yesterday, with support from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Audubon Society of Hawaii.
"Manu-o-Ku is a natural choice for us, because its home is the entire City and County of Honolulu, which encompasses O'ahu as well as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands," Hannemann said at a ceremony outside City Hall.
The bird was a traditional wayfinder and guide for Polynesian voyagers of ancient times, he added.