Hawaii has quite a few native mammals that were around before people showed up, but of all the indigenous species there’s only one land mammal that predates human activity in the island chain: the Hawaiian Hoary Bat.
Being the most isolated island chain on the planet, Hawaii didn’t host too many land animals aside from birds and insects before humans got here. In the ocean the native marine mammals are plentiful - multiple species of dolphins, whales, and the monk seals all made this place their home before the Polynesians arrived several thousand years ago, but the lone land mammal is the only one who had the wings to cover the pacific.
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