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Maui parrotbill to get Hawaiian name

Conservationists, Hawaiian scholars and state and federal officials are holding a blessing and naming ceremony for one of Maui’s rarest birds.

The endangered avian species has been known as the Maui parrotbill.

Tomorrow it’s due to be formally bestowed with the Hawaiian name kiwikiu in a ceremony at Haleakala National Park.

The Hawaiian Lexicon Committee — a body that finds Hawaiian words for things, beings and concepts — accepted kiwikiu as the name in May.

Scientists estimate there are only about 500 kikiwiu remaining in the wild.

The stocky, honeycreeper is olive-green and has a yellow breast. The birds have a short tail and a relatively large parrot-like bill.

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