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.
Virtually extinct for over a century, hale—traditional Hawaiian houses—are making a comeback with the new millennium.
Get the translation of Hawai'i Pono'i.
A millennium before Haleakala became a national park, Hawaiians traversed its moonscape crater. On the park’s centennial, we reprise that journey.
A historic site yields clues to Maui’s ancient culture
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.
What is it like to live next to a volcano?
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.
In rural East Maui, two communities are taking a stand to conserve a weird wild food — and with it, a part of their culture.
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.
The culture of ancient Hawaiʻi was deeply rooted in nature. It still is—thanks to places like Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
Following the ancient practices of our ancestors has restored a missing piece—healing across generations.
Polynesians navigate Earth's largest ocean by celestial bodies and seabirds, winds and ocean swells.
How food is grown, prepared, and used is arguably as important in defining a culture as lineage, language and lore.
Purchase rare varieties of taro while supporting Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
Teya Penniman explores the cultural significance and modern practices of Makahiki season in Hawaii. Learn about this sacred celebration in honor of Lono.
In its wax and wane, Hawaiians of old found the secrets to sustainable living.
Lomilomi has the potential to "heal a person's path backwards and forwards," says Jeana Naluai, owner of Ho'omana Spa.
Discovering culture through dance.
Hawaiian culture evolved over millennia, then almost disappeared after Western contact. Maui's cultural advisors are committed to bringing it back.
The Lobelia Grayana is an endangered lavender flower that grows in Waikamoi Preserve on Maui. Ancient Hawaiians called this plant opelu.
Triple threat: He can dance. He can chant. And he can sing.
Bit by bit, archeologists are uncovering a forgotten island where kings once ruled and a sacred lizard kept watch.
After nearly two decades in dry dock, the first oceangoing traditional voyaging canoe, Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani, embarked on its maiden voyage from Mala Wharf in Lahaina on July 11.
What defines art as Hawaiian? The answer may lie as deep as one’s DNA.
Using ancient navigation techniques as a guide, master woodworker Keola Sequeira breathes new life into the ancient art of canoe building right here on Maui.
Ancient Hawaiian Chanters used the unique sounds of the Alala, Hawaiian crow, to broadcast messages in battle. Currently they are extinct in the wild.