Tag: Shannon Wianecki

Browse stories written by Shannon Wianecki

parrotfish

Uhu? Uh, unusual!

Seven species of uhu dwell in Hawaiian waters, including three endemics.
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The Palm Whisperer

Merwin is the seventeenth U.S. poet laureate. He accepted the honor in order to spread his favorite gospel: that humans belong to nature, not the other way around.
Kanawao Hydrangea

Kanawao: Hawai‘i’s Hydrangea

Beautiful and distinctive kanawao shrubs decorate rain forests across Hawai‘i.
maui sea urchins

The Urchin and the Hala Tree

Learn about hala trees (Pandanus tectorius), which are among Hawai‘i’s most recognizable and versatile native plants.
halawa valley

Hiking Hālawa

This remote Moloka‘i valley is home to hardy Hawaiians, lizard deities, and fish that climb waterfalls.
octopus

Armed & Mysterious

He‘e (octopuses) have brief but magical lives. They mature within a year, mate, and die shortly after. What happens in between is the stuff of sci-fi flicks and Beatles’ songs.
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Kitchen Startup

Maui’s new Food Innovation Center offers entrepreneurs recipes for success.
hawaiian cabbage

Cliff-dwelling Cabbages

From September to November, star-shaped blossoms emerge, releasing a marvelous perfume reminiscent of violets or honeysuckle.
Silversword

Haleakalā Silverswords

Summer is the prime time to observe an only-on-Maui botanical phenomenon: the blooming of the Haleakalā silverswords.
Ulua

The One That Got Away?

Ulua are no easy catch. The powerful, deep-sea-dwelling predators can weigh over 100 pounds. And they’re smart.
Akule

Living Calligraphy

In spring, mature akule (big-eyed scad) congregate in sheltered Hawaiian bays. Historically, Hawaiian villages posted lookouts to watch for whenever a big akule school came near shore.
Haleakala Crater

Into the House of the Sun

A millennium before Haleakala became a national park, Hawaiians traversed its moonscape crater. On the park’s centennial, we reprise that journey.
Ulili bird Hawaii

The Voice of the Ulili

The “wandering tattler spends the summer nesting near streams in the Alaskan tundra. When the weather starts to cool, the birds fly south to Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian bees

Local Buzz

Hawaiian bees face unique challenges.
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The 2015 Shaka List

Every year, Maui No Ka ‘Oi shines a spotlight on the details that distinguish this paradise.
outrigger surfing

Surf’s Up, Dig In!

Climb aboard an outrigger canoe for a twist on a time-honored sport.
Portuguese Man-O-War

Blue Tide

Who are these carnivorous beauties?
Hawaiian snails

A Snail’s Pace

No one knows for sure how many Hawaiian land snails still exist.
Maui Hawaii hurricane season

Hurricane Season

Official hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November and August is by far the biggest month for these events.
hawaiian bat

Bats on the Wing

When the Polynesians first made landfall in Hawaii, their closest relative here was a bat.
hale pepe trees

Hula Tree

Among the most charismatic species in the Hawaiian dry-land forest, six different species of hala pepe trees exist — each one endemic to its own Hawaiian island.
GMO crops illustration

Rooting for the Wrong Side?

Supporters say biotechnology creates jobs and fights world hunger. Detractors say it threatens the health of humans and the planet. Can both be right?
Lomilomi spa massage in Maui Hawaii

Aligned with the Ancestors

Lomilomi has the potential to "heal a person's path backwards and forwards," says Jeana Naluai, owner of Ho'omana Spa.
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Nene Nursery

In 1962, biologists reintroduced several breeding pairs of nene to Haleakala National Park, and now around 300 nene call the park home. Nene goslings take up to three months learning to fly and need special attention during this vulnerable time.
Hawaiian cultural leaders in Maui

The Thousand-year-old Gift

Hawaiian culture evolved over millennia, then almost disappeared after Western contact. Maui's cultural advisors are committed to bringing it back.

Hawaiian Winter

Hawaiians honor Lono, god of agriculture, during a four-month-long celebration called Makahiki.
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Turtle Tracks

Since 1996, volunteers have helped Hawaiian hawksbills turtles reach the ocean, and you can too.

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