Ohana o ka Manu
was composed as the fifth movement of the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds
, a collaborative composition that pairs six Hawaii composers with six Hawaii animators. This movement, accompanied by animation by Laurie Sumiye, paints portraits of extant Hawaiian forest birds. Structured as a kind of "mini concerto for orchestra," 11 different bird songs are imitated by various instruments in the orchestra. In the end, as all the extant birds all gather together in a single tree, the birds' calls are layered atop each other, creating a sonorous cacophony.