kolea cover

illustrated by Fred Salmon

University of Hawaii Press, 1998

The Pacific Golden Plover, known as Kōlea in Hawaii, flies almost 3,000 miles across open ocean to reach its nesting ground in Alaska.  The Kōleaʻs seasonal change in coloration is so dramatic it looks like two different birds in summer and in winter. How these birds find their way from the Arctic to Hawaii’s remote island chain is one of nature’s mysteries.

            © Marion Coste 2016