In Season

In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

maui trade winds

Fair Winds

Trade winds are the prevailing gusts that blow across the tropics. But here in Hawai‘i, they’re mostly known for delivering perfect weather.
Hawaiian flying fish

Mālolo: the flying fish

Which Hawaiian animal can swim, “fly,” and “walk” on water? The humble mālolo, or flying fish.

Scented Souvenir

One of the sweetest Hawaiian traditions is the making and wearing of flower lei to celebrate people you love or places you’ve been.
'Aki'aki

Holding the Sea at Bay

‘Aki‘aki, also known as seashore rush grass, is an indigenous ground cover that thrives in salty, sun-blasted environments.
hawaiian owl pueu

Hawaiian Owl: Love Is in the Air

Autumn is a thrilling time for Hawaiian owls and those who admire them.
Hunakai Sanderlings

Wave Chasers: Sanderlings

Global populations of sanderlings numbers around 700,000—but only a few hundred hunakai call Hawai‘i home.
olena

Hawaiian Turmeric

Turmeric is prized around the world for its yellow color, bold flavor, and medicinal properties. When Polynesian voyagers first sailed to Hawai‘i, they brought the pungent herb with them.
holei flower

The Once and Future Lei Flower

Few people know that plumeria has a true Hawaiian cousin: hōlei. This rare tree species is endemic to the dry forests of East Maui.
Hawaiian petrels

Spring Serenade

In springtime, Hawaiian petrels, or ‘ua‘u, return after many months at sea to their underground nests atop Maui’s 10,023-foot-tall volcano.
Haha flowers Hawaii

Hāhā: The Velvet Touch

Some of Maui’s strangest flowers bloom in winter—though witnessing these living curiosities requires some effort and a sharp eye.
peahi fern

A Fern by Any Other Name

Two attractive fern species in Hawai‘i share the name laua‘e. Both are beloved by lei makers and Hawaiian cultural practitioners.

Autumn Harvest

Pumpkins are synonymous with fall on the mainland. In Hawai‘i, a different autumnal gourd ripens in the fields—the ipu, or bottle gourd.
Aeo chicks

Wetland Chic: Ae‘o Stilts

Summer is the season to look for an exceptionally photogenic shorebird: ae‘o, the Hawaiian black-necked stilt.
parrotfish

Uhu? Uh, unusual!

Seven species of uhu dwell in Hawaiian waters, including three endemics.
Kanawao Hydrangea

Kanawao: Hawai‘i’s Hydrangea

Beautiful and distinctive kanawao shrubs decorate rain forests across Hawai‘i.
maui sea urchins

The Urchin and the Hala Tree

Learn about hala trees (Pandanus tectorius), which are among Hawai‘i’s most recognizable and versatile native plants.
octopus

Armed & Mysterious

He‘e (octopuses) have brief but magical lives.
hawaiian cabbage

Cliff-dwelling Cabbages

From September to November, star-shaped blossoms emerge, releasing a marvelous perfume reminiscent of violets or honeysuckle.
Silversword

Haleakalā Silverswords

Summer is the prime time to observe an only-on-Maui botanical phenomenon: the blooming of the Haleakalā silverswords.
Ulua

The One That Got Away?

Ulua are no easy catch. The powerful, deep-sea-dwelling predators can weigh over 100 pounds. And they’re smart.
Akule

Living Calligraphy

In spring, mature akule (big-eyed scad) congregate in sheltered Hawaiian bays. Historically, Hawaiian villages posted lookouts to watch for whenever a big akule school came near shore.
Ulili bird Hawaii

The Voice of the Ulili

The “wandering tattler spends the summer nesting near streams in the Alaskan tundra. When the weather starts to cool, the birds fly south to Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian bees

Local Buzz

Hawaiian bees face unique challenges.
Portuguese Man-O-War

Blue Tide

Who are these carnivorous beauties?
Maui Hawaii hurricane season

Hurricane Season

Official hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November and August is by far the biggest month for these events.
hawaiian bat

Bats on the Wing

When the Polynesians first made landfall in Hawaii, their closest relative here was a bat.
hale pepe trees

Hula Tree

Among the most charismatic species in the Hawaiian dry-land forest, six different species of hala pepe trees exist — each one endemic to its own Hawaiian island.

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