This bug report comes out of my own investigation of complaints from Discord users that certain taxa they were searching for couldn’t be found by the Dronefly bot. However, I found the same taxa can’t even be found on the web unless you have a way to enter the characters, such as curly apostrophe, on your keyboard. Many users don’t have a way to do that, short of cutting-and-pasting the characters from somewhere else.
As @silversea_starsong mentioned in https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/change-how-the-site-handles-hybrid-taxa/7091 , certain characters in taxon names cannot easily be typed by users. In the case of × in hybrids it is an annoyance that a normal “x” character will not work. But with Hawaiian names, the problem is made worse because you can’t just omit the character that you can’t type as a workaround.
Try the following three forms using ordinary characters most people have on their keyboards:
`Alae `ula 'Alae 'ula Alae ula
You can’t even bring up the desired record by typing the first part of the name, "alae ". That only matches these records:
The only thing that works is a curly apostrophe, a character many people don’t even have on their keyboards:
Please make it possible to search for records with these characters in their names.