Photography > Malama Aina

Because of its isolation, the Hawaiian islands have evolved some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world, with many of its native species occurring no where else on earth! Such beauty and uniqueness is not without its downsides though. Hawaii is currently part of a vigorous battle where invasive introduced species (plant and animal) are affecting native ecosystem composition and functioning in irreversible ways. Without conservation action and natural resource management, the Hawaiian forests would soon be overcome, which would not only be a major loss to world biodiversity, but also to Hawaiian culture and all of Hawaii's inhabitants. This collection is a demonstration of the problems, the consequences, and the people involved who are fighting to save natural Hawaii.