Island Portrait

Island Portrait stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

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.

Portrait of an Icon

Herb Kane was not just a vast source of information about ancient Hawaii and Polynesia; he personified aloha.
rene silva

A Force of Nature

Meet Rene Sylva, Maui's Grand Master of Native Plant.

To the Rescue

Call him courageous. Call him crazy. He's the man they call when there's danger between the devil and deep blue sea.

10 Most Intriguing People

They inspire and infuriate us, make us cheer or boo. But there's no denying their commitment to these islands they call home.
mick fleetwood maui home

Rock Meets Mountain

Brit rock musician Mick Fleetwood hangs his hat at a gentleman's estate in Kula, Maui.
Ed and Puanani Lindsey

Aloha Ed Lindsey

Ed Lindsey’s legacy will endure as long as people with “like minds and like hearts” come together to serve the ‘aina.
Ed Lindsay

In Memoriam Ed Lindsey

Ed Lindsey leaves behind an immense void, as deep and long as Honokowai Valley, where he once stood on the mountainside, calling out, “E, Tutu!”
willie k and eric gilliom

10 Most Intriguing People 2007

What these Mauians do makes them worthy of our attention.

Visionary

Lori Sablas sees the future in the lessons of Maui's cultural past
Bob and Lisa Richardson

Environmental Heroes 2009

Meet some ordinary people whose super power is an unflagging commitment to Maui's natural environment.

An Unbridled Life

Hawai‘i's first hall-of-fame cowgirl is a Maui Rose.
kure atoll albatross

Our Kūpuna Islands

Kūpuna (ancestor) islands form the core of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

2010 Environmental Heroes

Meet seven Maui residents who display a heroic commitment to our island's environment.
Ed Lindsay

2008 Environmental Heroes

Meet five regular folks whose work keeps Maui fabulous.
kanaha beach

2007 Environmental Heroes

MNKO recognizes a few of Maui County’s resident eco-heroes—those who work hard at the grassroots level to restore and protect all things natural to the Islands.

Kumu

Though he didn't set out to become an expert on Hawaiian culture, Keli'i Tau'a may be the most revered teacher of hula and chant you never heard of.

In Case of Emergency

From dousing flames, to diving underwater, to scaling mountains, rescuers must be prepared for anything—so they train for everything.
maui book trust

In Books They Trust

A simple program is helping Maui keiki to discover the wonder of reading.
Kalani Pe'a

Maui’s Grammy-winning Kalani Pe‘a (AUDIO)

Kalani Pe‘a retains a childlike wonder at the many turns his life has taken. Happily, national acclaim hasn’t changed him.
Dr. Clyde Sakamoto

Island Portrait: Visionary

Learn about the past and present of UH-Maui College–a division of the University of Hawaii–and what Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto is doing to ensure its future.