Hoping for a comeback: Critically endangered silverswords being raised to reintroduce plant to Maunakea

  • An endangered silversword plant grows about half way up Maunakea on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Silversword seedlings have successfully taken root in a greenhouse about halfway up Maunakea on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Patti Heidenfeldt points to a silversword scrub growing on Maunakea on Friday. The species is endangered and are in the process of being reintroduced on the mountain. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Patti Heidenfeldt looks over silversword seedlings growing in a greenhouse on Maunakea on Friday. The plant, also pictured below, is endangered and being reintroduced on the mountain. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

A once-thriving native plant is sprouting again on Maunakea after more than a century of near-extinction.