For about one century already, the Boricua presence in Hawaii has been strong. Native workers from Boriken were taken to Hawaii to work the Del Monte pineapple plantations and remained there. A few years ago, descendants of those brought to Hawaii wanted to bring a piece of home to the Aloha State, so they had plants and trees shipped over from Boriken. Little did they know that in that dirt, in those leaves, families of our beautiful koki were there with egg clutches. The koki is known to die once taken out of Boriken, and that's the reason why the koki is so uniquely Boricua. Surprisingly, these kokies not only survived their 6,000 mile journey, they thrived and reproduced in Hawaii!!!
Authorities in Hawaii, under the Indigenous Species Procection Act, has declared the koki a foreign species that must be eliminated. This is obviously NOT the view of the Natives of Hawaii, who know of the koki from the Tainos living among them. Many Tainos and many people in general who know of this happening want to know what it is that Hawaii has that gives the koki what it needs to survive 6,000 miles away from its' homeland, while it dies in the islands neighboring Boriken. Unfortunately, Hawaiian State Authorities don't see it that way. They look at the koki as a pest. Tourists in hotels have complained of the koki's singing in the night as a disturbance. Native Islanders and Tainos alike see this as a sign and as a miracle. Some elders have even seen the prosecution of the koki in Hawaii as a sign of what Natives STILL have to face ahead; an enemy who wants them erradicated. While the delicate balance of nature is important to the protection of the Hawaiian eco-system, how can this beautiful inoffensive creature be harmful??? They are really out to exterminate them without finding out what makes them tick in Hawaii. Should they be allowed to do so without investigating???