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.
Maui's delicious lychee season spans the summer from May to August.
Ancient Hawaiian Chanters used the unique sounds of the Alala, Hawaiian crow, to broadcast messages in battle. Currently they are extinct in the wild.
Who are these carnivorous beauties?
Each spring the tall jacaranda trees lining the Upcountry Maui roadsides begin their slow explosion of color.
Every winter, Hawaii entertains around 4,000 North Pacific humpback whales returning from their summer vacations in Alaska.
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.
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 is the largest and most abundant of five native Hawaiian goby species, famous for their ability to climb steep waterfalls.
Only around five hundred wild parrotbills exist today, in the remote rainforests of East Maui.
Global populations of sanderlings numbers around 700,000—but only a few hundred hunakai call Hawai‘i home.
Entomologists fear this endemic butterfly, our official state insect, may be disappearing from forests.
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.
The story of Hawaiian sandalwood is a sad one, but it's not over yet.
When in bloom—as it is about now—mamane is an explosion of color: bursts of yellow petals.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a different kind of firecracker, the papala. This endemic Hawaiian plant is a Roman candle made by nature.
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.
Official hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November and August is by far the biggest month for these events.
By the time Westerners arrived, Hawaiians had developed at least forty-four distinct banana varieties.
Along the coast of Maui, few things sing summertime more than the wide, rolling southern swells dotted with longboarders.
Hawaiian Sphinx Moth is endangered and rare with many bright colors and can found in the winter months in a nocturnal environment.
Every autumn, Hawai‘i welcomes home a beloved snowbird, the Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva), known to Hawaiians as kolea.
Maui celebrates Chinese New Year with a bang.
Since 1996, volunteers have helped Hawaiian hawksbills turtles reach the ocean, and you can too.
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.
‘Akala, the native Hawaiian raspberry, is one of the native plants bringing life back to Poli Poli forest after last January’s devastating fire.
The sweet potato, or ‘uala, is one of Polynesia’s most mysterious plants.