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.
A revolution is happening in Island schools, as Hawaiian-immersion students find the keys to unlock their culture.
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 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.
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.
Virtually extinct for over a century, hale—traditional Hawaiian houses—are making a comeback with the new millennium.
A historic site yields clues to Maui’s ancient culture
A millennium before Haleakala became a national park, Hawaiians traversed its moonscape crater. On the park’s centennial, we reprise that journey.
Following the ancient practices of our ancestors has restored a missing piece—healing across generations.
What is it like to live next to a volcano?
The culture of ancient Hawaiʻi was deeply rooted in nature. It still is—thanks to places like Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
In rural East Maui, two communities are taking a stand to conserve a weird wild food — and with it, a part of their culture.
Polynesians navigate Earth's largest ocean by celestial bodies and seabirds, winds and ocean swells.
Teya Penniman explores the cultural significance and modern practices of Makahiki season in Hawaii. Learn about this sacred celebration in honor of Lono.
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.
Lomilomi has the potential to "heal a person's path backwards and forwards," says Jeana Naluai, owner of Ho'omana Spa.
Triple threat: He can dance. He can chant. And he can sing.
Hawaiian culture evolved over millennia, then almost disappeared after Western contact. Maui's cultural advisors are committed to bringing it back.
Kepā Maly is restoring authenticity to the stories of the island he loves.
The life of Kālaipōhaku Hoaka Delos Reyes has been shaped by the medium he shapes.
A race of Polynesian seafarers managed to carry with them food for the rest of their lives in Hawai‘i.
In its wax and wane, Hawaiians of old found the secrets to sustainable living.
Bit by bit, archeologists are uncovering a forgotten island where kings once ruled and a sacred lizard kept watch.
See all eleven kapa Pua Van Dorpe created to honor ancient Maui chiefs, and read their stories.
The Lobelia Grayana is an endangered lavender flower that grows in Waikamoi Preserve on Maui. Ancient Hawaiians called this plant opelu.
From tiny shells that wash ashore on this forbidden island come priceless treasures.