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.

Hawaii hula dancer

50/50

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

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.
Hokulea

Hōkūle‘a Comes Home

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

Saddling Up to Haleakalā

Printed Summer/Fall 1997
maui polo

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.
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.
merwin conservancy

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.
hawaii dolphins

Dancers of the Deep

Some eight species of dolphins call Hawaii’s waters home; one is the best twirling dolphin in the world.
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Where the Wild Things Are: Maui Pig Hunt

Wild pigs threaten Hawai‘i’s landscape. Local hunters offer a solution.
Hawaiian tatoo

Marked

More than skin deep, traditional tattoos link modern Hawaiians to their ancestors.
Lichens heterodermia

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.
lava flow

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.
moomomi

Mo‘omomi: Place of Mystery

Shifting sands blow across Moloka‘i’s wild western coast.

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.
hawaiian petrel

The Elusive ‘Ua‘u

A discovery of Native Hawaiian petrel burrows on Lana'i sheds new light on this little-known species.
Maui pineapple fields

Aloha, Pine

When Maui Land & Pineapple Company stopped planting fruit last December, it looked like the end of an era—and an island way of life.
feather lei

The Feather Lei

An ancient art, as delicate as it is beautiful, has outlived the kings who once claimed it as their own.
rainbow

Behind The Rainbow

Why do Hawaiian skies put on the most amazing light shows?
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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