Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine 25th Anniversary

This year, Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine celebrates a quarter-century of bringing you stories that illustrate what our name means in Hawaiian: “Maui is the best.” Throughout 2021, we’ll share some of the best from the archives.

The Heartbeat of Hula

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.
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Before the First Hawaiians

The life forms that originally colonized these islands may have been neither plant nor animal. And they're still here.

In Case of Emergency

From dousing flames, to diving underwater, to scaling mountains, rescuers must be prepared for anything—so they train for everything.
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Where the Wild Things Are: Maui Pig Hunt

Wild pigs threaten Hawai‘i’s landscape. Local hunters offer a solution.
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Maui’s Night Sky

Its feet on the ocean floor, its head above the clouds, Haleakala offers an unparalleled view for contemplating the cosmos.

Sweet Charity

Philanthropy is at the center of each piece of Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate.

Holiday Test Kitchen 2012

We asked Chef Isaac Bancaco to guide us through the preparation of a four-course feast. The innovative chef enthusiastically agreed to share a few of his favorite recipes.
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Clinging to Survival

In rural East Maui, two communities are taking a stand to conserve a weird wild food — and with it, a part of their culture.
Willie Nelson

Looking Back

Launching Maui No Ka ‘Oi - The first issue was just fifty pages, and the publication came out four times a year.
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Mo‘omomi: Place of Mystery

Shifting sands blow across Moloka‘i’s wild western coast.
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Dancers of the Deep

Some eight species of dolphins call Hawaii’s waters home; one is the best twirling dolphin in the world.
Hokulea

Hōkūle‘a Comes Home

After her three-year odyssey around the globe, Hōkūle‘a’s youngest crewmembers prepare to take the helm.
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The Volcano Next Door

An island-hop from Maui, the forces of creation are putting on a spectacular fireworks show—and you’ve got a ringside seat.
Maui artist Douglas Chun

Beginner’s Mind

With discovery at the heart of his process, Maui abstract painter Douglas Chun draws inspiration from Chinese calligraphy and shoshin—a Zen Buddhist principle.
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Paniolo Polo

At the Maui Polo Club, members continue a tradition where captains of the industry and cowboys have played side by side, and Maui’s paniolo are internationally known champions.
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Hot Buttons

Over the past two decades, Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi has reported on an array of island issues.
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Straight on Til Friday

Chasing history by outrigger canoe: a landlubber's log on a voyage to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Saddling Up to Haleakalā

Printed Summer/Fall 1997
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The Palm Whisperer

Merwin is the seventeenth U.S. poet laureate. He accepted the honor in order to spread his favorite gospel: that humans belong to nature, not the other way around.
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50/50

Fifty years ago, Hawai'i added a fiftieth star to the Star Spangled Banner — and Maui would never be the same.