The ‘Alalā's Journey
The ‘Alalā, or Hawaiian Crow, was declared extinct in the wild in 2002. The species is only found in the Hawaiian Islands. Through the efforts of researchers at the ‘Alalā Project, there are now over 125 birds in captivity, and 20 'Alalā have been released back into the wild since 2017. In May of 2019, several of the birds were seen building nests in the wild for the first time in almost 20 years. The conservation of species and their environment is very important in today’s world. The unique story of the ‘Alalā is not well known but is one of inspiration and hope. It shows that it is possible to help the species that are endangered. By writing a children’s book, this sense of inspiration and hope can be shared with the next generation.