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- Have you been to Hawaii?
- Is there a forest near where you live?
- destination /des-tuh-NEY-shuhn/
- biologist /bahy-OL-uh-jist/
- in charge (of something/someone) /in chahrj/
- rare /rair/
- allow /uh-LOU/
[noun] – the place where someone is going or where something is being sent or taken
It took us four hours to reach our destination.
[noun] – a scientist who studies the natural processes of living things
My sister works as a research biologist.
[idiom] – responsible for something or someone
I’m in charge of the research team.
[adjective] – not common or frequent; very unusual
There are many rare treasures in the museum.
[verb] – to let someone do something or let something happen
Mika’s parents didn’t allow her to come with us this Sunday.
The native species of Hawaii are now under more pressure to survive as the state has become more exposed to the rest of the world. The US-based Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) biologist, Chris Balzotti, has been in charge of a program to restore the state’s original forests. The project started in 2002 to protect the intact woods of the Ka’ Forest Reserve located in the Ka’ region. The forest has thick hi’a and koa trees, where rare native species like the nuku ‘i’iwi and other birds live and lay their eggs. The Hawaiian Happy-Faced Spider also makes its home on this precious piece of land.
“It’s important to have native areas like this because it allows the indigenous community to connect with the species that are culturally important to them,” senior scientist and cultural advisor for TNC Dr. Sam Gon says. “Their relationship to the land is sacred. We take that sacred trust seriously.”
True or False:
- Hawaii is not a popular tourist destination.
- Chris Balzotti is the founder of the US-based Nature Conservancy.
- The program to protect Hawaii’s original forests in 2002.
- The Ka’ Forest Reserve located in the Ka’ region.
- The Hawaiian Happy-Faced Spider can also be found in the forest.
Fill in the blanks
- Schools don’t _______ students use their smartphones.
- What’s our next _______ after this?
- It’s _______ to find these birds in the winter.
- Could you send this to the one _______ of sales?
- My father is a marine _______.