Meet Maka‘io, Ambassador Hawk in Training
This ‘Io (Hawaiian Hawk) was rescued in Kona in late September 2019 with a torn pupil and a wing injury. Even though were able to get him flying again and back in good body condition, the impairment from his eye injury ultimately affected his ability to hunt on his own and he was determined to be an unreleaseable bird. His behavior while in care made him a good candidate to become an education bird so we made the decision to transition him to a permanent resident instead of having to put him down.
Kumu Keala Ching visited HWC to meet this bird, and after experiencing the ‘Io’s personality and hearing his story, gave him the name Maka‘io.
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Every time I see the work done by the HWC or visit the HWC, I leave with a deep sense of hope for our Keiki’s future. Being able to spend time with the resident education ‘Io, Maka‘io remains a favorite moment. We were able to invite Kumu Keala Ching to the center to meet Maka‘io where Kumu was able to be with the ‘Io, speak with the ‘Io through oli, and even get up close and personal with the falconry glove on. After spending time with Maka‘io, Kumu blessed the ‘Io with his name, Maka‘io, and shared Kumu’s mana’o with us about native birds; environmental stewardship, kinship, and reciprocity; and the importance of education. It was such an honor to learn from Kumu and Maka‘io, and I am happy to help shepherd the HWC efforts to connect with the wider community.