Get the translation of Hawai'i Pono'i.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
What is it like to live next to a volcano?
In rural East Maui, two communities are taking a stand to conserve a weird wild food — and with it, a part of their culture.
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.
Teya Penniman explores the cultural significance and modern practices of Makahiki season in Hawaii. Learn about this sacred celebration in honor of Lono.
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.
In its wax and wane, Hawaiians of old found the secrets to sustainable living.
Triple threat: He can dance. He can chant. And he can sing.
Discovering culture through dance.
The Lobelia Grayana is an endangered lavender flower that grows in Waikamoi Preserve on Maui. Ancient Hawaiians called this plant opelu.
Hawaiian culture evolved over millennia, then almost disappeared after Western contact. Maui's cultural advisors are committed to bringing it back.
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.
Ancient Hawaiian Chanters used the unique sounds of the Alala, Hawaiian crow, to broadcast messages in battle. Currently they are extinct in the wild.
See all eleven kapa Pua Van Dorpe created to honor ancient Maui chiefs, and read their stories.