More than skin deep, traditional tattoos link modern Hawaiians to their ancestors.
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.
If Hawaiian kalo (taro) is in danger, is genetic modification the answer?
From the very beginning, Hawaiian culture has celebrated women’s power, passion and intellect. We dig into Hawaiian wāhine culture to learn more.
Among Polynesians, the Hawaiians of old excelled in the making of kapa. Their distant daughters have begun to reclaim this once-lost ancient art.
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.
Teya Penniman explores the cultural significance and modern practices of Makahiki season in Hawaii. Learn about this sacred celebration in honor of Lono.
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.
An ancient art, as delicate as it is beautiful, has outlived the kings who once claimed it as their own.
See what happens when ancient Hawaiian culture meets modern art techniques at Maui's annual Celebration of Hawaii exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao.
“As Hawaiians, our mo‘olelo [stories] are so important,” says Maelia. “With heirloom jewelry, the mo‘olelo live on in each piece.”
The culture of ancient Hawaiʻi was deeply rooted in nature. It still is—thanks to places like Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
Purchase rare varieties of taro while supporting Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
As it turns out, one breadfruit can feed a family, and one variety a people. Packed in coconut-husk fiber and dry leaves, ‘ulu accompanied the Polynesian voyagers in their canoes bound for Hawai‘i.
When your name includes twelve syllables and nearly as many letters as the alphabet, you often have some explaining to do.
A revolution is happening in Island schools, as Hawaiian-immersion students find the keys to unlock their culture.
From tiny shells that wash ashore on this forbidden island come priceless treasures.
Hawaiian lore finds the spirit of the divine in the ordinary world.
When Elizabeth Lindsey was a child, Hawaiian elders foretold that she would embark on a journey to gather ancient wisdom that could guide future generations.
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.
By reviving ancient Hawaiian practices, modern conservationists hope to save the forests and the seas of the future.
What is it like to live next to a volcano?
Animal, plant, elemental force, even the substance of dreams-in their different forms, ancestral guides helped to shape the Islands' first culture.
Following the ancient practices of our ancestors has restored a missing piece—healing across generations.
Like the rest of us, Hawaiian mature, age and die. And there the similarity ends.
John Ka‘imikaua's Legacy Lives on through Moloka‘i's Homage to Hula