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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 5:44 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2007

City bird is manu-o-Ku, or white tern

Advertiser Staff

For 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.