Nature & Science


Nature in Hawaii

Hawaiian plants and animals began to evolve over 70 million years ago in nearly complete isolation. Over 90% of the native terrestrial flora and fauna in Hawai'i are found only in the Hawaiian Islands. This level of endemism surpasses all other places on Earth — even the Galapagos Islands! Please click on any of the links found on this page to learn more about plants, animals, and ecosystems in Hawai'i.

Two Hawaiian geese, also called nene, sit on a hillside near the ocean.

Find out more about animals in Hawai'i, including those that are endemic to Hawaii (meaning they are only found here on the islands - nowhere else in the world!). Learn about the things you can do to help protect endangered species in Hawai'i.
Members of the US Army Garrison’s Oahu Army Natural Resources Program, teamed up with the Hawaiian Tree Snail Conservation at the University of Hawaii lab, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help save endangered species of plant and animals.

Find out more about Hawaiian plants here.
A woman hikes through Oahu.

Environmental Factors

Find out about the environmental factors affecting Hawaii.

A large coral head visible from the USS Arizona Memorial up against Barbette 3. The spots are oysters growing on the coral head.

Natural Features and Ecosystems

Find out about the ecosystems in Hawai'i.


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