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He inoa no ka poloka kokī

For Saturday, April 5, 2014

Na Kekeha Solis

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Synopsis: What happens if the coqui frog gets on the endangered species list? Hawai‘i might be the only place where the coqui frog can repopulate.

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Aloha mai e nā makamaka heluhelu, ua kau aku nei ka weli o ko ‘oukou mea kākau i ka lohe ‘ana aku nei ē ua pa‘a aku nei ‘ekolu mau poloka kokī i ka hopu ‘ia ma O‘ahu nei i ka Pō‘akolu nei. Ke lana a‘ela ka mana‘o, ‘o ka hope loa ia ma O‘ahu nei. E noho ana ko ‘oukou mea kākau ma Hawai‘i moku i kekahi mau makahiki i ka‘ahope aku nei, ma kahi o Pāhoa, a ‘a‘ole o kana mai o ka poloka kokī ma laila. A he keu aku ia a ke kanikani lapuwale. A ‘o kekahi, ua komo nō i loko o ka hale. Auē ke aloha ē.

Kā! He lapuwale paha ko ‘oukou mea kākau. He aha ka hana a nā kūpuna inā i hiki mai ka poloka kokī i Hawai‘i nei ma mua loa? E haku ‘ia paha he mele inoa a mele aloha paha no ia poloka ho‘okani i ka uhi ‘ana o ka pō? A hiki i kēia manawa, ho‘okahi wale nō mele i haku ‘ia no ia mea he poloka. No ke aha lā?

‘Eā, inā paha i nui nā manu ‘ōiwi e ola nei ma kēia pae ‘āina nei, nāna e ‘ai aku i ka poloka kokī, inā ua hau‘oli ka na‘au o ko Hawai‘i. ‘A‘ole na‘e e hihi, kāka‘ikahi wale nō nā manu ‘ōiwi e koe nei a kohu mea lā, ‘a‘ole ‘ono i ka poloka kokī.

Ho‘omana‘o ihola ko ‘oukou mea kākau i ke kama‘ilio ‘ana i kekahi kanaka o Poko Liko, a hō‘ike maila ua kanaka Poko Liko lā, he mea aloha nui ‘ia ka poloka kokī ma Poko Liko. A no laila, haku ‘ia nā mele like ‘ole no kahi poloka. A mahalo nui ‘ia ‘o ia.

‘O kekahi mea i ‘ike ‘ia aku nei ma kahi kolamu nūhou, he 17 ‘ano poloka kokī ma Poko Liko, a ua mana‘o ‘ia, he ‘ekolu o lākou, ua pau paha i ka nalowale loa.

No laila, hopohopo ihola ko ‘oukou mea kākau, o pilikia loa ka poloka kokī a ‘o ka ho‘omalu poloka kokī ka mea e pono ai, ‘o ia ho‘i, ‘a‘ole hiki ke ho‘omake wale ‘ia aku. Aia wale nō paha a nui hou ia ‘ano poloka a laila, e ‘ai ‘ia ka pepehi ‘ia ‘ana.

A ‘oiai, ‘elua wale nō paha ‘āina e ola ai ka poloka kokī, ‘o Poko Liko a me Hawai‘i, e ho‘olilo ‘ia aku paha ka pae ‘āina ‘o Hawai‘i i wahi ho‘omalu no ia poloka leo nahenahe (he leo nahenahe ia i ka mana‘o o kekahi po‘e).

Inā pēlā, e ho‘omaka paha ka haku ‘ia ‘ana o nā mele like ‘ole no ka poloka kokī, a me nā hula kahiko a hula ‘auana paha e pono ai ua poloka lā a māhuahua loa a‘e nō.

Hiki paha ke loli ka mana‘o o nā kānaka he nui o Hawai‘i nei no kahi poloka kokī? A lilo ia poloka i mea ho‘ohanohano ‘ia a ho‘ohenoheno ‘ia ho‘i ma nā mele?

He hana nui paha ia, ‘oiai, i ka ho‘i ‘ana aku o ko ‘oukou mea kākau i Hawai‘i moku i kēlā makahiki aku nei, lohe ‘ia nō ke kani ‘ana o ka poloka kokī, a ‘o ia mau nō ka ‘eha o ka pepeiao. ‘A‘ole i kū iki i ka makemake.

Akā, ma hope o ka hala ‘ana o kekahi mau makahiki hou aku, he 5 a ‘oi paha, e hele nō ia kani a ke kokī a ma‘a loa, a i mea ho‘ohiamoe ho‘i i ke kanaka e like me ko Poko Liko.

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E ho‘ouna ‘ia mai na ā leka iā māua, ‘o ia ho‘i ‘o Laiana Wong a me Kekeha Solis ma ka pahu leka uila ma lalo nei:

» kwong@hawaii.edu
» rsolis@hawaii.edu

a i ‘ole ia, ma ke kelepona:

» 956-2627 (Laiana)
» 956-2627 (Kekeha)

This column is coordinated by Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.






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Ken_Conklin wrote:
The coqui frog will never get on the endangered species list, because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and millions of coqui frogs have lived there for decades. The closing sentence suggests that after perhaps 5 years the people of Hawaii will become accustomed to the sounds of the coqui frog and will be able to sleep anyway, just like the people of Puerto Rico. That would be most unfortunate. I think we would much prefer to be lulled to sleep by the soft but beautiful sounds of our beloved shama birds, the bufo down by the stream, and the gentle overnight windward and mauka rainfall.
on April 5,2014 | 02:17AM
DiverDave wrote:
The little Coqui frog, like many animal and outside bird species is here to stay. It's unique life pattern allows it to immediately adapt and multiply in this tropical garden that is Hawaii. It is one of the few frogs that is not affected by the Chytrid fungus that has been killing frogs in central and south America because its entire tadpole stage occurs inside the egg, and so does not need a river or pond to become a frog. When it hatches it is already a tiny little frog. Only the male chirps at night, as they compete to be the top chirper, King Coqui Frog, in their area. If you go out in the early morning hours you will hear them chirping several notes instead of their usual coo-kee two note sound. If you have patience add an additional note to the current call and after a period of calling the King Coqui frog will imitate your call or go quiet. Then you will become the King Frog! The coqui lays there eggs on any moist surface like the back of a leaf, but eggs clusters can be found anywhere like wheel wells or behind bumpers or a piece of wet wood. Spraying plants may only kill live Coquis and may not affect their egg clusters. I would suspect that the frogs that have found their way to Oahu came as eggs and hatched out after arrival. Because only the males participate in the nightly chirping exercises if you find a male there are certainly many, many, more females already in the area that are laying their eggs as I write this. Initially their populations will increase rapidly until their numbers exceed the available food source of bugs, and they are recognized as a food source for animals like rats, birds, etc. because they are not poisonous. The good news is that they do eat bugs and live in the same places as mosquitos do, and have done a lot to limit the mosquito population in wet areas of the Big Island. Oahu can go nuts spraying poison, and chasing sounds around at night with a flashlight like crazed zombies on a mission if they chose. But as was found out on the Big Island after spending ridiculous amounts of money to try and kill and catch them it is a futile endeavor.
on April 5,2014 | 10:09AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
I know how to tell the difference between a male vs. a female dog or horse. But what do you look for in a coqui frog to tell who is male? They never taught me that in the mainland version of "Pono Choices" back in the stone age.
on April 5,2014 | 02:54PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Actually, this train of thought leads me to understand why some but not all of the coqui frogs screech. Those who are transgendered females (i.e., born male but feeling themselves to be truly female) remain silent because they are confused by what they see. But those who are transsexual females (born male but having had surgery to remove the unwanted tumor) scream every time they notice what's missing.
on April 5,2014 | 09:08PM
DiverDave wrote:
Can you imagine if the Superferry was allowed to run instead of radical environmentalists filing lawsuits to make it stop. They would be saying, "see we told you that Superferry would bring invasive species here". Well as it happens sometimes nature just does things on its own.
on April 6,2014 | 01:34PM
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