Among Polynesians, the Hawaiians of old excelled in the making of kapa. Their distant daughters have begun to reclaim this once-lost ancient art.
We ask three maoli (native) educators to consider what it means to be an educated Hawaiian in the twenty-first century—and why it matters.
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.
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.
Following the ancient practices of our ancestors has restored a missing piece—healing across generations.
Hawaiian lore finds the spirit of the divine in the ordinary world.
When your name includes twelve syllables and nearly as many letters as the alphabet, you often have some explaining to do.
Finding the science behind an ancient, indigenous practice.
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.
A historic site yields clues to Maui’s ancient culture
The Hawaiian work kamaʻaina isn’t so much about bloodlines and birthplace, as about a fully intentional way to live.
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.
From the very beginning, Hawaiian culture has celebrated women’s power, passion and intellect. We dig into Hawaiian wāhine culture to learn more.
An ancient art, as delicate as it is beautiful, has outlived the kings who once claimed it as their own.
“As Hawaiians, our mo‘olelo [stories] are so important,” says Maelia. “With heirloom jewelry, the mo‘olelo live on in each piece.”
More than any other Polynesian people, Hawaiians excelled in the use of color, coaxing incredible hues from the natural world around them.
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.
Lānaʻi Waiaʻōpae fishpond once helped feed the island's people. Today it's feeding a hunger for culture.
Get the translation of Hawai'i Pono'i.
Triple threat: He can dance. He can chant. And he can sing.
Like the rest of us, Hawaiian mature, age and die. And there the similarity ends.
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.
Kumu hula and lei maker, Gordean Bailey has spent a lifetime sharing the culture of aloha.
In the plaited leaves of the pandanus tree, a lauhala master passes along an ancient tradition.
Through their portraits, handprints and signatures, Jordan Murph is helping native Hawaiians create an indelible legacy.
Kalo, a legendary plant, has deep roots in Hawaiian culture.
How Maui farmers are cultivating ancient wisdom to feed a population—and a hunger for culture.