Endangered Endemics: A Peek into the Fascinating World of Hawai'i Kahuli

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Thursday July 11

5:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

Please join us on Thursday, July 11 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm for a special public program Endangered Endemics: A Peek into the Fascinating World of Hawai‘i Kāhuli. This will include a talk, a short-film, and a discussion. 

The endemic kāhuli (snails) of Hawai‘i have long helped maintain a healthy island environment, but are also severely endangered, with many species already gone.  This presentation will highlight unique island kāhuli, their essential role in Hawaiian history, and how each of us might help create a better future for them, and us. 


David Sischo is a Wildlife Biologist with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, specializing in the conservation of rare and endangered terrestrial mollusks, and is the coordinator of the DLNR’s Snail Extinction Prevention Program (SEPP). 

Daniel A. Kelin II is a drama educator and filmmaker. His work highlights lesser-known and underappreciated stories. Points of pride include producing a shadow puppet film about Hawai’i’s endemic kāhuli that premiered at 2022 HIFF and continues to play on PBS.  He is now developing a website about Hawaii kahuli. He has worked with storytellers on the book Marshall Islands Legends and Stories, with Hawai’i elementary students to create performances based on oral history interviews, and performing a solo play about a cross-culture encounter in the mid-19th century that led to the first US public presentations of tattoos.

Cost: $20 includes presentation, light pupus and hibiscus tea. 

Limited parking is available at 2856 O‘ahu Avenue.  Overflow street parking available in the neighborhood.  Please call (808) 988-1287 if special parking accommodations are needed.

Capacity: 50 guests. 

This program is funded by a grant from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.