Mālama ʻĀina

Mālama ʻĀina stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

Bob and Lisa Richardson

Environmental Heroes 2009

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

Rooted in Mystery

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

Mo‘omomi: Place of Mystery

Shifting sands blow across Moloka‘i’s wild western coast.
haleakala cabin

Reclaiming the Mountain

How human efforts on Haleakala are restoring a natural treasure.
kahoolawe

Getting Good and Dirty

Volunteering on Vacation—Hawaii’s Newest Travel Trend
native Hawaiian flowers

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.
kapalua coastal trail

Happy Trails

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

Saving the Wiliwili

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

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.
limu

The Lure of Limu

The study of seaweed has enabled Hawaiian women—past and present—to sharpen their scientific eye, flavor bland meals, and exercise the art of metaphor.
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.
Auwahi

Miracle on the Mountain

Pull on some boots, grab a digging stick, and help bring a Hawaiian dryland forest back from the brink.

The Noble Salvage

How the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is helping us reevaluate what we throw away
Anna Palomino

An Expert in Her Field

At Anna Palomino's Ho‘olawa Farm, spiritual rediscovery is rooted in practical knowledge.
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.
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.
Kahekili Reef

Let Them Eat Algae

Kā‘anapali’s marine reserve is protecting the reef by protecting the fish.
maui koa guitars

Sound Investment (VIDEO)

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

Current Attractions at Maui Ocean Center

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

Upcycling

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

Bog Dreams

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

2010 Environmental Heroes

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

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.

Hatching a Plan

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

hyatt maui resort

Maui Resort Safety

Health and safety information for your upcoming trip to Maui.

In Season

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