The Hawaiian monk seal and the Hawaiian hoary bat are the only two mammals indigenous to Hawai‘i's terrestrial environment.
The ‘ōpe‘ape‘a, or Hawaiian hoary bat, is Hawaii’s only native terrestrial mammal.
The Hawaiian monk seal is known in Hawaiian as 'īlio holo i ka uaua, which means "dog running in the rough seas". Hawaiian monks seals are among the most critically endangered mammals in the world.
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In Hawaiian legend, these birds were thought to have brought fire from the gods to the Hawaiian people.