Na Pueo – the Hawaiian Owl
Na Pueo, or the Hawaiian owl (Asio flammeus sand-wichensis), also known as the Protector, is a bird of prey which is native to the Hawaiian Islands. It is considered an endangered species on Oahu. Pueo inhabit the dry forests and rain forests, and are most often found hunting in grasslands. It has been noted by some of the church members that Pueo have been sighted in the area of our campus.
Characteristics of Na Pueo
Wisdom: Just as Na Pueo are more commonly known as being a symbol of wisdom, our main goal is that our students would gain God’s wisdom.
“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:5-9
Watchful: Na Pueo are able to rotate their heads at an amazing 270 degrees which enable them to be watchful of predators and prey. We need to be watchful and on the alert for those predators who preach unsound doctrines.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” – Matthew 7:15
Hearing: The ears of Na Pueo are extremely keen and sensitive, which give them the ability to hear up to 10 times better than humans. As believers, we need to incline our ears to the word of God.
“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings, Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.” – Proverbs 4:20-22
Silent: Na Pueo are generally of a quiet nature and we as believers are to lead quiet and peaceful lives.
“…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” – 1 Timothy 2:2-3
Dwelling: Nestling on the ground, Na Pueo dwell among mammalian predators. Although we live in the world we are to keep ourselves unstained from the world.
“…and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” – James 1:27
Hunter: When hungry and hunting, Na Pueo are aggressive and use their sharp talons/toes to grasp and pierce their prey. When we are under attack by the enemy, we need to grasp onto God’s Word which is sharper than any two-edged sword to defeat our prey.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…” – Hebrews 5:12
Protector: The dense feathers of Na Pueo shield and protect them from the harmful elements of the world and their prey. When we abide in God’s Word, He is our shield who provides protection for us.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:2