We came to Hawaii because of its highly touted biodiversity, it’s highly favorable climate, and its many permaculture farming and communal experiments. What a surprise to learn that Hawaii is the site of the greatest number of flora and fauna extinctions on the planet. Rather than regurgitate statistics here, I’ll just suggest an internet search on the matter.
In our ignorance, Hawaii seemed remote enough and isolated enough to have avoided the devastation of anthropomorphic climate change. Not so. The Maui Ocean Center and their good work opened our eyes. Walks in local preserves deepened appreciation for the unique species that remain. And we look forward to seeing the many permaculture sites on the Big Island assisting in the holy work of preservation, reclamation, and sustainability.