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Native Hawaiian Plants Online

Benton Kealii Pang benton at hawaii.edu
Tue Jun 18 04:48:16 EST 1996


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT :
        Steven Allison, Ph.D., Nature Editor
        Discovery Channel Online
        301-986-0444 X 4538, fax 301-986-4829, sallison at discovery.com

or      Charles Lamoureux, Ph. D., Director
        Lyon Arboretum
        988-3177        fax 988-4231


RARE HAWAIIAN PLANTS ON WWW

Honolulu, Hawai'i:
The Nature Tuesday section of Discovery World on the Discovery Channel
Online (www.discovery.com) will feature an interactive exploration of
Hawaii's rare plants and the historical events that have brought many to
the brink of extinction.  The story is available online starting June 
18,1996, and runs until July 15, 1996.

Written by Adele Conover, who has also written for Smithsonian and 
NationalWildlife, DCOL's story peels the onion of changes in the 
Hawaiian landscape from the present back to the Islands' first volcanic 
emergence from the sea.  Ms. Conover traveled through the island chain, 
into remote forests and cutting edge laboratories gathering information 
for the story.  Through unique multimedia illustrations, DCOL's Internet 
audience can explore the damage done to Hawaii's indigenous flora by 
everything from cows to pineapple plantations.  

The story includes the efforts of private and public institutions, such 
as Lyon Arboretum,  and interested individuals working to perpetuate the 
most endangered species.  "I am delighted that DCOL will bring the 
unique beauty of Hawaiian plants and their need for protection to a 
world wide audience," said Dr. Charles Lamoureux, Director of the Harold 
L. Lyon Arboretum of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  Color photos 
by island photographers are also included in the story.

Created by the editorial, design, and programming staff of Discovery
Channel Publishing, a department of Discovery Communications, Inc., it 
will be presented on the world wide web in both HTML and Macromedia's 
Shockwave for Director.  Since its launch on July 1, 1995, DCOL has won 
numerous design awards and been profiled in several internet magazines.
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