ALOHA FROM JENNIE: Hawaii's hospitable conditions make it a perfect environment for various unique creatures. Hope that you enjoy the quick glimpse of these majestic animals.
From www.lovebigisland.com: The Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda) is iridescent with vivid bright colors. It originated from Madagasca so it's an invasive species for Hawaii. The gecko has established itself on both sides of O'ahu, the Kona side of the Big Island, on Maui and has also been spotted on Kauai and the eastern tip of the Big Island.
Photo article at https://flic.kr/p/4VYrb. The first U.S. wholphin (whale/dolphin) born in captivity at Oahu's Sea Life Park was Kekaimalu, In 2004, Kekaimalu gave birth to her third calf, daughter Kawili Kai, sired by a male bottlenose dolphin (her previous two calves died). Months after birth, Kawili Kai was the size of a one-year-old bottlenose dolphin (she is three-quarters bottlenose dolphin and one-quarter false killer whale). Both Kekaimalu and Kawili Kai remain in captivity, and are now part of the Sea Life Park tour.
It's common for snorkelers and divers on all the islands to see the Hawaiian green sea turtle (aka honu) near shore waters. Green sea turtles usually nests and thrive in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a state protected area.
Above is a photo of a beautiful I'iwi bird at Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, sipping nectar from a red lehua flower at the ohia tree several feet from the bird lookout point on the Hosmer Grove trail. The I'iwi is a Hawaiian honeycreeper, quick and active. its populations are now more limited to high elevations on Maui and Hawaii.
The Hawaiian monk seal enjoys hanging out on sunny beach atolls. Sadly, NOAA estimates that there are only about 1,000 of these endangered marine mammals in existence due to limited food sources (especially for juvenile pups), sharks, becoming entangled in fishing gear, and loss of habitat (storm erosion and rising sea levels).