Now Playing: “Kalama’s Journey” (8 minutes)

After two years of planning, filming and editing, a short documentary called “Kalamaʻs Journey” is now ready for your viewing pleasure. Check it out!

Kalama is a Laysan albatross chick who is adopted by a female nesting pair. (Female pairs are not uncommon among Mōlī.) The parents are provided with a fertile egg relocated from an unsafe nesting area near a Navy runway on the west side of Kauaʻi. 

She becomes a star of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology “TrossCam,” and charms viewers from across the globe. With her powerful sense of place and her extraordinary navigational inheritance, Kalama is a quintessential Hawaiian. She, like all Mōlī, is considered sacred to the culture.

When she flies for the first time, Kalama carries on her shoulders our own fervent hopes for her return. And, of course, for the survival of her species, which is soon to be challenged by the greatest risk Kalama’s clan has ever known.

“Kalamaʻs Journey” is created to be shared. Please feel free to view anywhere—in classrooms, libraries, conferences, celebrations, fundraisers, churches, government offices, waiting rooms—–basically any place that serves the albatross and their Hawaiian home.

Holy Mōlī Wins High Praise

osterlund4Hob Osterlund’s new book Holy Mōlī: Albatross and Other Ancestors is receiving high praise and is now in its third printing. The Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver says “I love this book.” Cheryl Strayed, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, calls it a “moving and fascinating book about birds, loss, and finding a true home in the world.” Carl Safina, author of Eye of the Albatross, declares it “a gift to the world” and a “must read.” Safina Center. Gina Barreca, best-selling author and feminist humorist, reviewed Holy Mōlī in her Psychology Today blog. Gina Barreca “I was swept off my feet and into the skies both by the author’s prose and by the stories she tells,” Gina says. “Hob blends the most effective kinds of science writing (think National Geographic; think Nature; think the science section of The New York Times.)” Jaymi Heimbuch of Mother Nature Network calls it “by turns fascinating and tear-jerking, humorous and poetic.”  David James Duncan, author of The River Why and The Brothers K, says “Holy Mōlī is a healing; a hoot; a transmission of gravity-defying wonder.”

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With many mahalos to Carl Safina for selecting Hob Osterlund as a Fellow of the Safina Center.