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E komo mai; welcome! Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by a lei of foam in the middle of the North Pacific; it's a beautiful, special place.

Not only are there albatross on Midway, but many other interesting kinds of wildlife, both on the land and in the sea. Please enjoy exploring FOAM, an educational blog actively done while on Midway from May through August 2010. Posts are added from off-Midway, as information becomes available. If you're interested in a particular topic, please use the search box or the alphabetical list of "labels" along the left side of the blog page.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Decoding FOAM authors' names

I thought what Auntie Moana and Edward said about their last names representing their bird species was interesting...
Auntie Moana Laal = Laysan Albatross
Edward Bfal = Black-footed Albatross
...so I guess Kahiko Ladu = Laysan Duck

I'm curious to know what "Moana," "Ulua" and "Kahiko" mean??

7 comments:

Kahiko said...

You figured out my last name correctly, Barb. "Kahiko" means old or ancient.

Edward said...

My dear Kahiko: you don't do yourself justice. I think we need to tell everyone that out of all of us, you're the only endemic species! --which means that Laysan Ducks are found here in Hawai`i and *nowhere* else, naturally, in the *world*! You, my dear, are an "ancient" species, and I might also say, an endangered one. It's an honor to know you.

Kahiko said...

Mahalo, Edward; that's very nice of you. I'm certainly honored to know all of you, my neighbors here on beautiful Midway Atoll.

Uncle Ulua said...

And my name, "Ulua," is da Hawaiian name for my kine fish. Edward, he told me that English speakers call us Jacks, Crevallys or Trevallys. Not to brag, but we ulua are one tough fish, meaning we're up there with sharks, on top of da food pyramid. Also, we give sport fishermen a tough fight!
Please call me Uncle; everybody does.

Auntie Moana said...

I love my name; it means ocean...the deep ocean, not the coastal area. Picture the wide-open ocean, far from land; it's sort of a royal blue.

Barb said...

Thanks, everybody, for telling me a little more about you. It will be fun to meet in person; I'll arrive on Midway in less than a week, on May 13. I'm soooooooo excited!

Anne Marie said...

Oh my Gosh... I love the conversation and the great information! What a great way to learn! Keep "talking" everyone! Aloha, a new blog fan!