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The ohia blossoms as freely as it used to and secretes abundant nectar for the iiwi, akakani and amakihi.
Yet a few years ago these same areas were abundantly supplied with native birds, and the notes of the 00, amakihi, iiwi, akakani, omao, elepaio and others might have been heard on all sides.
Other endemic species include Hawaiian thrush (omao) Phaeornis obscurus; and the following honeycreepers, apapane Himatione sanguinea, elepaio Chasiempis sandwichensis, amakihi Hemignathus virens and iiwi Vestiaria coccinea.
In the Hawaiian native language they bear names such as mamo, ou, iiwi, poo uli, and akohekohe.
Kahalaomapuana was terrified to see Laieikawai resting on the wings of birds as was her custom; two scarlet _iiwi_ birds were perched on the shoulders of the princess and shook the dew from red _lehua_ blossoms upon her head.
The meles tell of their love in the Pulou ravine, where they caught the bright iiwi birds, and the scarlet apapani.