In Hawaiian culture land, sea, sky, and all creatures were meaningfully related. The highest chiefs were tasked with caring for the land (mālama `āina) and protecting it for the common people. Sayings such as "He ali`i ka `āina, he kauwā ke kanaka, The land is a chief, man is its servant" and "I ka nānā no a `ike; By observing one learns" reveal Hawaiians considered themselves as part of and responsible for sustainable social ecosystems.
Project BudBurst and the University of Hawai'i-Manoa have launched a collaboration aimed towards making cultural connections to plants and increasing awareness throughout Hawai'i of the role of native plants in sustaining healthy terrestrial ecosystems that in turn protect mauka to makai (ridge to reef) ecosystems.
Plants to Monitor
Want to help? It’s easy. Choose from the plants below and track when they flower, leaf out or set seed.