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April 3, 2014

Think About It: Nene Neighbors

According to a recent report, a pair of nene geese has arrived on Oahu and is apparently raising a brood of three little ones. This gaggle of geese came from the Big Island and arguably stopped off on Oahu's north shore on their way to Kauai, possibly to enjoy some fresh Kahuku corn or savory shrimp. Why they choose to stop here is causing the twitter universe, Pinterest, and Facebook circles to go crazy. This might even beat a piano-playing cat! After all, this nene sighting is considered a first on Oahu since the 1700s, which was a few years before social networking began.

If it is true that nene have been avoiding Oahu for about 300 years, it's big news. Local visitor bureau marketers are sure to want to capitalize on this new breed of tourist to help out in those tumultuous periods when we see visitor drop-off from the mainland U.S. or Japan. And these visitor don't require expanded airline lift, a real plus. Apparently, the nene has become a better flying machine, new and improved through Darwinian intervention, and thus a stopover on Oahu is simply no longer necessary like it was in the good old days before nene got into yoga, weightlifting, and watched their diets. Efforts to save the endangered nene have been going on for years, and this visit is yet one more positive sign that the state bird is coming back from the verge of extinction 50 years ago.

Much like the respect people are asked to show with our native honu and monk seals, going near the nene is a no-no. This celebrity couple and their kids should be treated like the Hollywood types that frequent our shores. It's OK to look from afar, but let's just leave them alone and let them enjoy some quality family time. Hopefully, they'll get visits from other friends and family and Oahu will appear back on the radar screen of this long-missing famous fowl friend. Think about it…

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