Why is the native shrubland important? To protect the endemic species that live there, like this 'I'iwi, or Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper. We saw this guy feeding on 'ohia bushes. It was easy to spot many native birds in a short time in this area.

Aperture: f/3.5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Focal Length: 72 mm Flash Mode: No Flash Date Taken: March 14, 2009 at 2:26 PM