What's Happening in Hawaii
during the 4th week in February:
Newly hatched Laysan albatross chick at Kaena Point NAR, O'ahu
Chicks of the Laysan albatross (Diomedea immutabilis), known to the Hawaiians as mōlī or ka'upu, are starting to hatch.
Above: A juvenile Laysan albatross at Kaena Point NAR, O'ahu
A mōlī begins to call even before its shell is cracked, and its parents respond, establishing a dialogue that lasts until the chick emerges, as much as six days later. Most nesting occurs on the remote northwest islands, but there is a large nesting colony at Ka'ena Point on Oahu.