Mālama ʻĀina

Mālama ʻĀina stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

Wainapanapa Black Sand

The Microscopic Marvel of Sand

Discover the scientific story behind Maui's colored sand beaches.
hawaiian petrel

The Elusive ‘Ua‘u

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

A Snail’s Pace

No one knows for sure how many Hawaiian land snails still exist.

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.
haleakala cabin

Reclaiming the Mountain

How human efforts on Haleakala are restoring a natural treasure.
EVA smart grid Maui

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.
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.
whale breach rainbow

Still Saving the Whales

The Hawaiian humpback whales that visit Maui each year are doing well, but threats remain.
Waihee wetlands

Frozen in Time

An ancient crustacean could hold the key to restoring an endemic plant species and protecting Maui against climate change.

Current Attractions at Maui Ocean Center

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

Saving the Wiliwili

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

Integrative Sustainability

The Hulihia Center for Sustainable Systems seeks to treat the symptoms of a problem by determining its root cause.
maui bog

Bog Dreams

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

Paying It Forward: Volunteer on Vacation

Mālama Maui for a memorable vacation.
Ed Lindsay

2008 Environmental Heroes

Meet five regular folks whose work keeps Maui fabulous.
hawaiian forests

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.

The Noble Salvage

How the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is helping us reevaluate what we throw away
Pu‘u Kukui

Rooted in Mystery

A Glimpse into Pu‘u Kukui, Maui’s Protected Native Plant Heaven
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.
Upcycling

Upcycling

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

Remarkable Resorts

Highlighting local businesses that give back to the island.

2011 Environmental Heroes

We recognize a few individuals who make Maui no ka oi by protecting the environment, preserving indigenous wisdom, building sustainable communities.
help maui forest birds

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.

Hatching a Plan

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project works to keep the forest feathered.
sea life

The Reef Around Us

Nudibranchs that dance, parrotfish that change their sex, and punk-rock wrasses are just a few of Maui's underwater wonders.
humpback whale baby

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.
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.

Maui Events & News

2022 Maui Restaurant Awards

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