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Seeding the Rainforest

Woodcut Print

Created by Andrea Pro
Do you ever feel awed by the richness and diversity of Hawaiin rainforests? You can thank the 'Alala crow and 'Oma'o Hawaiian thrush, two of the greatest forest builders. Endemic to Hawaii, these birds forage fruit and berries, spreading their seeds throughout the forest as they go about their lives. This woodcut print is a celebration of two special birds that have created the forests of Hawaii.

In this stunning piece, an 'Alala reaches for a clump of olapa berries, while an 'Oma'o is prepared to feast on 'akala, the Hawaiian raspberry. The artist has also depicted a variety of other Hawaiian flora, including hoawa seeds, pilo fruit, ohelo, 'Ohi'a seeds, koa, and sandalwood.

Sadly, the 'Alala became extinct in the wild, but has been re-introduced through a special breeding program. The 'Oma'o is one of two endemic thrushes remaining of what was once a common bird. As wild and abundant as the forest may seem, the decline of these important birds means that many plants can only reproduce through the seeds that land on the earth and sprout.

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