The island of Hawaii is home to a variety of animals who inhabit its mountains, shores, and waters. Since it is one of the most isolated places in the world there are species of flora and fauna here that won’t be found anywhere else on Earth. Most of these endemic animals are native birds and due to constant changes in their ecosystem many are endangered.
Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands were the first men to live in Hawaii and brought with them three domesticated animals: pigs, chickens, and dogs. Before the introduction of these three Polynesian food sources (yes they ate the doggies too) the Hoary Bat was the only land mammal that could be found on the island. Since then Western colonizers have purposely and accidentally introduced a whole slew of new animal species to the shores of this beautiful tropical oasis.
Jacob’s work focuses on the range of animals that can be found on Hawaii island. From the reef to the mountains, wether a rare endemic Hawaiian Crow, or a common domesticated house cat, collectively they all make up what we know Hawaii to be today.