Mālama ʻĀina

Mālama ʻĀina stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

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The Microscopic Marvel of Sand

Marvel at the black, red and white sand beaches that make up the shores of Maui, then discover the scientific story of how they got that way.

2006 Environmental Heroes

Maui's native ecosystems face continuing threat—but we can help restore the balance. Here are five people and one dog who are making a difference.
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Happy Trails

Isao Nakagawa monitors the largest known colony of wedge-tailed shearwaters in Maui, nestled along the idyllic Kapalua Coastal Trail.
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Maui EVA & the Smart Grid

The Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance is working to jump start an electric car revolution on the island, helping the environment and gas prices.
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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.
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Beach Beauties

Enjoying native Hawaiian flora doesn’t require a foray into the mountains; many beautiful blooms love the beach as much as we do.
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Reclaiming the Mountain

How human efforts on Haleakala are restoring a natural treasure.

Hatching a Plan

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project works to keep the forest feathered.
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Fathoming a Mystery

Whale watching on Maui is not just about seeing, but listening too. New research tells us the truth about how whales interact and why they sing.
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Hawai‘i’s Curious Critters

Photographer Zach Pezzillo is an unabashed enthusiast of insects and other small creatures.
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Bog Dreams

Photos and commentary from a rare trek to Pu‘u Kukui and its enchanted bog.
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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.

The Noble Salvage

How the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is helping us reevaluate what we throw away
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Saving the Wiliwili

A tiny wasp from Tanzania may be the last, best hope for one of the native Hawaiian wiliwili trees.
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Speaking for the Forest

Malama Wao Akua, a juried art show cosponsored by the East Maui Watershed Partnership and Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, celebrates 10 years this fall.
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2008 Environmental Heroes

Meet five regular folks whose work keeps Maui fabulous.

Be a Hero!

If you care about something, you take care of it. Maui offers many ways to gain that sense of belonging, as these volunteers can attest.
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Let Them Eat Algae

Kā‘anapali’s marine reserve is protecting the reef by protecting the fish.
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Sound Investment (VIDEO)

Haleakala Ranch goes out on a limb to conserve native forest — by harvesting trees to transform into koa guitars.

2012 Environmental Heroes

Our five environmental heroes for 2012 are saving the planet and paving the way for a greener future for Maui, Hawaii and the rest of the world.

Current Attractions at Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center’s temporary residents have lasting lessons to teach.
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Upcycling

Turn trash into treasure with three "upcycling" DIY projects.

2011 Environmental Heroes

We recognize a few individuals who make Maui no ka oi by protecting the environment, preserving indigenous wisdom, building sustainable communities.
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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.
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Still Saving the Whales

The Hawaiian humpback whales that visit Maui each year are doing well, but threats remain.
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The Elusive ‘Ua‘u

A discovery of Native Hawaiian petrel burrows on Lana'i sheds new light on this little-known species.
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Guardians of the Watershed

We celebrate The Nature Conservancy's thirty years in Hawai'i with a visit to its crown jewel, Waikamoi cloud forest.

Maui Events & News

Aipono Awards Gala 2020

Don't miss the 2020 Aipono Restaurant Awards: The Hunger Games, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

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