This year’s Manu O Kū Festival is featuring an exhibit of digital photos taken of Manu O Kū here on O‘ahu. Submission to the exhibit is open to everyone, free of charge! All you need to do is email your photo(s) to with the description you’d like posted with the photo. You’ll get photo credit for your submission and our promise that we won’t further distribute or reuse your photos without your permission.

The purpose of the photo exhibit is to share with festival goers what many of us have been fortunate to see and photograph. Photos of Manu O Kū flying, nesting, preening and feeding their young are invited. Also, photos of Manu O Kū in the category of “Birds as Art” are encouraged. So, let your creative juices flow so festival goers can see and appreciate Manu O Kū in ways they never have before.

As they say, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” And sometimes the camera in our pocket is the only one we have when we see Manu O Kū doing something interesting. There will be a special category for photos taken with smartphones. Some Manu O Kū behaviors are best captured in video and so there will also be a category for short videos. It’s requested that you keep them to a maximum of 60 seconds in length. Don’t know where to find Manu O Kū on O‘ahu? No problem! Check out the nest map on the Hui Manu O Kū webpage at for the location of known nests that are currently active.

Photos courtesy of Rich Downs, Don C. Poole and Eric VanderWerf