David Eickhoff

Native Hawaiian Plant Specialist

About me

Born and raised in Oregon, but lived most of my life in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu.
Very happily married for 31 years.
Like ancient history, especially biblical history. Love to read the Bible. (hands down the greatest book on the planet!)
Avid hiker into native Hawaiian ecosystems; and formerly in the Pacific Northwest.
Absolutely love yard work. Owned & operated a landscape/yard maintenance business for fifteen years.
My experience with plants & animals began at a very young age. But in the early 1970's I began an earnest study of them.

Natural interests:
Native Hawaiian flora/fauna
Native Oregon flora/fauna
Cypraea (a genus of mollusks)
Cypripedioideae (a subfamily in Orchidaceae)
Fossil/subfossil native Hawaiian plants & animals

Baseball/Softball (play recreational...uh, now and then)
Soccer (now an arm-chair spectator)
Swimming (when the chance affords me)

My info

Full name
David Eickhoff
I am
an enthusiast, an educator
Curator level
Full Curator


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67 taxa curated
284 images set as exemplar
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Curator qualifications


Formerly, worked at a Native Oregon plant nursery as foreman. Good knowledge of native Oregon plants. Former collector of marine/land/freshwater species. Greatest interest was in the marine genus Cypraea. Studying, propagating & growing native Hawaiian plants for nearly 30 years. Former nurseryman for Waimea Valley Audubon Center (now Waimea Valley) and volunteer with The Nature Conservancy (Kunia). Currently, working under a USDA grant as a researcher/specialist for the Native Plants Hawai'i knowledgebase at both Leeward & Kapi'olani Community Colleagues, O'ahu, Hawai'i. http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/general/

Curation scope
Hawaiian native plants; Oregon native plants; Genus: Cypraea; Cypripedioideae (Genera: Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium); Hawaiian fossils