Kaʻupu – Blackfoot Albatross

Phoebastria nitripes
State-listed: Threatened
Stated-recognized: Indigenous
National Level Bird of Concern
NatureServe Heritage Rank G5 – Apparently secure
North American Waterbird
Conservation Plan
High Concern
IUCN Red List Ranking Endangered
Regional Seabird Conservation Plan
USFWS 2005
The Kiamanu Project

Gathering salvage seabird materials in Kure field camps support the perpetuation of traditional practices and ceremonies that promote responsible environmental kinship and whose tools and feather products were traditionally made from seabirds.

ʻŌlelo noʻeau #1437

Ka manu kaʻupu hālō ʻalo o ka moana
The kaʻupu, the bird that observes the ocean.

Said of a careful observer