Among Polynesians, the Hawaiians of old excelled in the making of kapa. Their distant daughters have begun to reclaim this once-lost ancient art.
“As Hawaiians, our mo‘olelo [stories] are so important,” says Maelia. “With heirloom jewelry, the mo‘olelo live on in each piece.”
The Hawaiian work kamaʻaina isn’t so much about bloodlines and birthplace, as about a fully intentional way to live.
A writer and a photographer explore the remains of the King's Trail on Maui, where dozens of archaeological sites spring up from the side of the trail.
From the very beginning, Hawaiian culture has celebrated women’s power, passion and intellect. We dig into Hawaiian wāhine culture to learn more.
You and I are older than the stones along the Puna shoreline. These stones started just a few years ago as gobs of lava from Pele’s current eruption, gobs that dripped into the sea only to be tumbled and polished then lobbed back onto the shore.
Indigenous architecture was shaped by—and helped to shape—life in early Hawai‘i. Descendants of the Islands’ first people are building on that foundation.
An ancient art, as delicate as it is beautiful, has outlived the kings who once claimed it as their own.
Watch as we transform a piece of monkey pod into a papa kuʻiʻai (poi board) during this workshop on Maui, hosted by the Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United.
Wood and cordage, tooth and bone are used to recreate the ancient Hawaiian instruments of war. A modern weapons maker finds connection to a culture.
When your name includes twelve syllables and nearly as many letters as the alphabet, you often have some explaining to do.
More than any other Polynesian people, Hawaiians excelled in the use of color, coaxing incredible hues from the natural world around them.
Finding the science behind an ancient, indigenous practice.
In the plaited leaves of the pandanus tree, a lauhala master passes along an ancient tradition.
Children of Hawaii play traditional island games in the spirit of Makahiki. Ancient cultural competitions in connection with the festival and its meaning.
Lānaʻi Waiaʻōpae fishpond once helped feed the island's people. Today it's feeding a hunger for culture.
Through their portraits, handprints and signatures, Jordan Murph is helping native Hawaiians create an indelible legacy.
In contrast to modern hula, ancient hula is purely percussive.
Kalo, a legendary plant, has deep roots in Hawaiian culture.
The study of seaweed has enabled Hawaiian women—past and present—to sharpen their scientific eye, flavor bland meals, and exercise the art of metaphor.
From ancient times, Hawaiians have used this handwoven tool to gather an ocean harvest. For one Maui fisherman, it still holds a way of life and a sense of identity.
This story straddles centuries to look at authentic Hawaiian clothing prior to Western contact, and how three young Hawaiian entrepreneurs are incorporating ancient meanings, patterns, and knowledge into their contemporary apparel.
Get the translation of Hawai'i Pono'i.
Hāna’s families teach acclaimed chefs about living off the land—and remind themselves what it means to be Hawaiian.
Kumu hula and lei maker, Gordean Bailey has spent a lifetime sharing the culture of aloha.
How Maui farmers are cultivating ancient wisdom to feed a population—and a hunger for culture.
Like the rest of us, Hawaiian mature, age and die. And there the similarity ends.