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In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

aalii Hawaiian shrub

The Steadfast ‘A‘ali‘i

The native Hawaiian shrub 'a'ali'i is as tough as it is beautiful. Learn about its role in restoring ecosystems, and its uses for Hawaii's lei makers and crafters.
lychee

Lychee

Maui's delicious lychee season spans the summer from May to August.
Alala Hawaiian Crow

The Call of the ‘Alala

Ancient Hawaiian Chanters used the unique sounds of the Alala, Hawaiian crow, to broadcast messages in battle. Currently they are extinct in the wild.
Portuguese Man-O-War

Blue Tide

Who are these carnivorous beauties?
jacaranda

Jacarandas

Each spring the tall jacaranda trees lining the Upcountry Maui roadsides begin their slow explosion of color.
humpback whale

A Whale of a Love Song

Every winter, Hawaii entertains around 4,000 North Pacific humpback whales returning from their summer vacations in Alaska.
Hawaiian ohelo berries

Oh, Hello!

Deck the halls this season with Hawaiian ohelo berries, a sacred yet edible plant endemic to Hawaii. They are also a nice alternative to cranberries.
coral spawns

Sex and the Coral Polyp

Few people think of corals as animals — which they are — and fewer folks contemplate their sex lives! Yet coral spawns are magical events.
oopu nakea

Hercules of the Hawaiian Streams

Oopu nakea is the largest and most abundant of five native Hawaiian goby species, famous for their ability to climb steep waterfalls.

All You Need Is Grub

Only around five hundred wild parrotbills exist today, in the remote rainforests of East Maui.
Hunakai Sanderlings

Wave Chasers: Sanderlings

Global populations of sanderlings numbers around 700,000—but only a few hundred hunakai call Hawai‘i home.
hawaii butterfly, kamehameha

On The Wing

Entomologists fear this endemic butterfly, our official state insect, may be disappearing from forests.
olena

Hawaiian Turmeric

Turmeric is prized around the world for its yellow color, bold flavor, and medicinal properties. When Polynesian voyagers first sailed to Hawai‘i, they brought the pungent herb with them.
Hawaiian sandalwood

Hawaiian Sandalwood: Aboreal Gold

The story of Hawaiian sandalwood is a sad one, but it's not over yet.
mamane

Mamane

When in bloom—as it is about now—mamane is an explosion of color: bursts of yellow petals.
papala

Grow Your Own Fireworks

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a different kind of firecracker, the papala. This endemic Hawaiian plant is a Roman candle made by nature.
kaunaoa hawaiian plant

Vegetable Vampire

kauna‘oa, a Native Hawaiian medicinal plant and the official flower of Lanai, is as beautiful as it is deadly, earning it the ominous reputation as a vampire plant.
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.
hawaii bananas

Ripe Treasure: Hawaiian Heirloom Bananas

By the time Westerners arrived, Hawaiians had developed at least forty-four distinct banana varieties.
longboarding

Longboarding

Along the coast of Maui, few things sing summertime more than the wide, rolling southern swells dotted with longboarders.
Hawaiian sphinx moth

The Hawaiian Sphinx’s Riddle

Hawaiian Sphinx Moth is endangered and rare with many bright colors and can found in the winter months in a nocturnal environment.
plover

Welcome Home, Kolea!

Every autumn, Hawai‘i welcomes home a beloved snowbird, the Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva), known to Hawaiians as kolea.
Maui chinese new year

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Maui celebrates Chinese New Year with a bang.
maui sea turtles

Turtle Tracks

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

Return of the Wiliwili

This native tree breaks all the rules. It grows on barren lava fields, loses its leaves in summer, and, faced with a deadly invasive pest, backed away from the brink of extinction.
Hawaiian raspberry

We Give You the Raspberry

‘Akala, the native Hawaiian raspberry, is one of the native plants bringing life back to Poli Poli forest after last January’s devastating fire.
sweet potato

‘Uala, the Globe-trotting Sweet Potato

The sweet potato, or ‘uala, is one of Polynesia’s most mysterious plants.

Maui Events & News

ʻAipono Wine Dinner at Hali’imaile General Store

James Maher of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants showcases wines that will pair wonderfully with a special menu by Chef Mark McDowel of Hali’imaile General Store.

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