Hawaiian birds gain refuge in former royal pond in Kahului

An ‘auku’u, or black crowned night heron, casts a shadow over Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary as it skims its waters. The indigenous water bird feeds on a wide variety of prey, including insects and fish. The 143-acre wetland and former royal fishpond in Kahului was designated a state bird refuge in 1951 and a National Natural Landmark in 1971. This photo was taken on Jan. 18.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo