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A Perfect Day in Kapalua

Follow your local guide on an itinerary that combines adventure and luxury. Hint: Valentine’s Day is almost here, so grab your sweetie and go!
kamaʻaina

The Meaning of Kamaʻaina

The Hawaiian work kamaʻaina isn’t so much about bloodlines and birthplace, as about a fully intentional way to live.
hanai

All in the Family

There’s a saying in English that you can’t choose your family. But with an ancient and enduring Hawaiian tradition called hānai, sometimes you can.

Fencing Haleakalā

Battling the elements, goats, and bureaucracy to protect the ecosystems at the top of Maui Koa trees and other native species are returning to...
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Plantation Princess

Leona Wilson's mansion offers youngsters a pattern for success.
Hawaiian flying fish

Mālolo: the flying fish

Which Hawaiian animal can swim, “fly,” and “walk” on water? The humble mālolo, or flying fish.
Hawaiian hale

Social Structure: Hawaiian Hale

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.
Hawaiian Goddess Pele

Fire Goddess

How could we dedicate an issue to all things hot about Hawai‘i and not include Pele? The volcano goddess is as renowned for her fiery passions as for the molten lava with which she creates new land.
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Hawai‘i’s Curious Critters

Photographer Zach Pezzillo is an unabashed enthusiast of insects and other small creatures.
Hawaiian Kapa

Beauty in the Bark

Among Polynesians, the Hawaiians of old excelled in the making of kapa. Their distant daughters have begun to reclaim this once-lost ancient art.
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Saving Hawaiʻi’s Honu

Help create a future where Hawaiian green sea turtles are able to live unencumbered by human impact.

The Heartbeat of Hula

In contrast to modern hula, ancient hula is purely percussive.
Hawaiian weapons

The Weapon Maker’s Art

Wood and cordage, tooth and bone are used to recreate the ancient Hawaiian instruments of war. A modern weapons maker finds connection to a culture.
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A Passion for Liliko‘i

Lilikoʻi is the Hawaiian word for passion fruit. While lilikoʻi can be eaten raw, its naturally high acidity makes it perfect for blending into baked goods, frozen custards, and drinks.

Pohaku

You and I are older than the stones along the Puna shoreline. These stones started just a few years ago as gobs of lava from Pele’s current eruption, gobs that dripped into the sea only to be tumbled and polished then lobbed back onto the shore.
peahi fern

A Fern by Any Other Name

Two attractive fern species in Hawai‘i share the name laua‘e. Both are beloved by lei makers and Hawaiian cultural practitioners.
chili pepper water

Savoring the Burn

Locals splash chili pepper water on just about anything, but the origin of this ubiquitous Hawai‘i condiment remains a mystery.
Kino Lau

Kino Lau

Hawaiian lore finds the spirit of the divine in the ordinary world.
kaunaoa hawaiian plant

Vegetable Vampire

kauna‘oa, a Native Hawaiian medicinal plant and the official flower of Lanai, is as beautiful as it is deadly, earning it the ominous reputation as a vampire plant.
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Cool Pools and Hot Spas

Diving into Maui pools, we found that each one reflected its own sense of place — not just its location on the island, but also the overall feel of its host resort.
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Bele Under Wraps

Becky sources fresh bele, aka Tongan spinach, and uses it for breakfast.
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Hawaii’s Spirit Guardians

Animal, plant, elemental force, even the substance of dreams-in their different forms, ancestral guides helped to shape the Islands' first culture.

Sweet Memories: Komoda Store and Bakery

Komoda store and bakery celebrates 105 years in Makawao.
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.
Maui pineapple fields

Harvesting Maui Gold

Maui Gold harvests premium pineapple year-round, averaging 12,000 cases per week. That’s 3.7 million pineapples a year.

Channeling Success

A Maui crew became the first Hawai‘i team to finish the 2009 Moloka‘i Hoe, placing second in this world-championship outrigger-canoe race—unprecedented feats for a Neighbor Island crew.
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Fair Game

Axis deer destroy crops and endanger native species. Beleaguered farmers, ranchers and conservationists are taking aim at the problem.