This is a series of Pueo pictures taken in the Waiki'i area of the Big Island of Hawaii by Ed Folsom with a Pentax SF1 35mm camera.

Pueo is the Hawaiian word for owl. As with most or all Hawaiian words, it has multiple meanings, but the one we're concerned with here is owl.

The Pueo holds a sacred place in the Hawaiian Islands as an Aumakua or Guardian Spirit.

It is one of only two birds of prey that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, the other being the I'o or Hawaiian Hawk.

The Pueo is a sub-species of the short-eared owl and is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful birds on earth.

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All images Copyright Ed Folsom, 2003