Young birds and young people came together at Lydgate Park Tuesday for the ceremonial release of fledgling Native Newell’s Shearwater birds.

“We are wishing the birds well and talking to the kids a little bit about responsibility, how to take care of the island,” said Sabra Kukua, the Hawaiian Studies teacher who facilitated the ceremony. “It’s not just our island, as human beings, but it’s for the birds and the fish and the plants, too.”

Before taking flight, each bird looked around, glancing at the crowd of fourth-graders.

Read the full story here on The Garden Island News and list to an awesome song below.