Manu O Kū is the Hawaiian name for the White or Fairy Tern.

In Hawaiian, manu means bird and Kū refers to one of the four great Hawaiian gods.

Manu O Kū are small seabirds found across the tropical oceans of the world. On the main Hawaiian Islands, it thrives and raises its young only on southern O‘ahu. It is also common on the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In 2007, the City and County of Honolulu designated the Manu O Kū the city’s official bird. The Manu O Kū is the perfect urban wildlife ambassador.

Photos courtesy of Rich Downs and Don C. Poole