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Beautiful and distinctive kanawao shrubs decorate rain forests across Hawai‘i.
Learn about hala trees (Pandanus tectorius), which are among Hawai‘i’s most recognizable and versatile native plants.
This remote Moloka‘i valley is home to hardy Hawaiians, lizard deities, and fish that climb waterfalls.
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.
Maui’s new Food Innovation Center offers entrepreneurs recipes for success.
From September to November, star-shaped blossoms emerge, releasing a marvelous perfume reminiscent of violets or honeysuckle.
Summer is the prime time to observe an only-on-Maui botanical phenomenon: the blooming of the Haleakalā silverswords.
Ulua are no easy catch. The powerful, deep-sea-dwelling predators can weigh over 100 pounds. And they’re smart.
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.
A millennium before Haleakala became a national park, Hawaiians traversed its moonscape crater. On the park’s centennial, we reprise that journey.
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 face unique challenges.
Every year, Maui No Ka ‘Oi shines a spotlight on the details that distinguish this paradise.
Climb aboard an outrigger canoe for a twist on a time-honored sport.
Who are these carnivorous beauties?
No one knows for sure how many Hawaiian land snails still exist.
Official hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November and August is by far the biggest month for these events.
When the Polynesians first made landfall in Hawaii, their closest relative here was a bat.
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.
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 has the potential to "heal a person's path backwards and forwards," says Jeana Naluai, owner of Ho'omana Spa.
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 culture evolved over millennia, then almost disappeared after Western contact. Maui's cultural advisors are committed to bringing it back.
Hawaiians honor Lono, god of agriculture, during a four-month-long celebration called Makahiki.
Since 1996, volunteers have helped Hawaiian hawksbills turtles reach the ocean, and you can too.
Malama Wao Akua, a juried art show cosponsored by the East Maui Watershed Partnership and Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, celebrates 10 years this fall.
In contrast to modern hula (which is typically accompanied by Western-derived stringed instruments, such as the slack-key guitar or ‘ukulele), ancient hula is purely percussive.