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Northwest Hawaiian Islands serve as critical refuges

KI‘AI MOKU

February 9, 2014
By LISSA FOX STROHECKER , for The Maui News

Stretching 1,200 miles across the Pacific, past Kauai and Niihau, lies a sting of tiny islands and obscure atolls ringed by coral reefs. Although the total land area occupies only 6 square miles, the Northwest Hawaiian Islands host more than 14 million nesting seabirds and provide the only habitat for four endangered land birds.

 
 
 

 

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