Island Portrait

Island Portrait stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

Art of Portraiture

Face to Face

Conceived to invigorate the art of portraiture, the triennial Schaefer Portrait Challenge has become a compelling exhibition of the Island's people.

Portrait of an Icon

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

The Life Aquatic

Dave Kalama has mastered more ocean sports than most people have even attempted—but you won’t hear him brag about it.
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.
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.

In Case of Emergency

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

An Unbridled Life

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

Visionary

Lori Sablas sees the future in the lessons of Maui's cultural past
maui book trust

In Books They Trust

A simple program is helping Maui keiki to discover the wonder of reading.
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.
laird hamilton

Laird Hamilton & Dave Kalama Lend A Hand

Two celebrated watermen test their limits to raise awareness of autism.
Bob and Lisa Richardson

Environmental Heroes 2009

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

2011 Environmental Heroes

We recognize a few individuals who make Maui no ka oi by protecting the environment, preserving indigenous wisdom, building sustainable communities.
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.
kure atoll albatross

Our Kūpuna Islands

Kūpuna (ancestor) islands form the core of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
willie k and eric gilliom

10 Most Intriguing People 2007

What these Mauians do makes them worthy of our attention.

The Hands of Sam Ka‘ai

Sam Ka‘ai is recognized in a profound new exhibit.

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.

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.