kauna‘oa, a Native Hawaiian medicinal plant and the official flower of Lanai, is as beautiful as it is deadly, earning it the ominous reputation as a vampire plant.
When foraging for plants to kindle romance, the love-struck Hawaiian had no further to look than the distinctive Hala tree.
Ulua are no easy catch. The powerful, deep-sea-dwelling predators can weigh over 100 pounds. And they’re smart.
Summer is the prime time to observe an only-on-Maui botanical phenomenon: the blooming of the Haleakalā silverswords.
Who are these carnivorous beauties?
Entomologists fear this endemic butterfly, our official state insect, may be disappearing from forests.
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.
‘Akala, the native Hawaiian raspberry, is one of the native plants bringing life back to Poli Poli forest after last January’s devastating fire.
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.
Autumn is a thrilling time for Hawaiian owls and those who admire them.
When the Polynesians first made landfall in Hawaii, their closest relative here was a bat.
Which Hawaiian animal can swim, “fly,” and “walk” on water? The humble mālolo, or flying fish.
This native tree breaks all the rules. It grows on barren lava fields, loses its leaves in summer, and, faced with a deadly invasive pest, backed away from the brink of extinction.
Learn about hala trees (Pandanus tectorius), which are among Hawai‘i’s most recognizable and versatile native plants.
The native Hawaiian shrub 'a'ali'i is as tough as it is beautiful. Learn about its role in restoring ecosystems, and its uses for Hawaii's lei makers and crafters.
Pumpkins are synonymous with fall on the mainland. In Hawai‘i, a different autumnal gourd ripens in the fields—the ipu, or bottle gourd.
Since 1996, volunteers have helped Hawaiian hawksbills turtles reach the ocean, and you can too.
Summer is the season to look for an exceptionally photogenic shorebird: ae‘o, the Hawaiian black-necked stilt.
Beautiful and distinctive kanawao shrubs decorate rain forests across Hawai‘i.
When in bloom—as it is about now—mamane is an explosion of color: bursts of yellow petals.
As summer ripens, local fishermen start scanning the shoreline for oama, or baby goatfish.
January and February is the best time to view lightning in Hawaiʻi.
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.
By the time Westerners arrived, Hawaiians had developed at least forty-four distinct banana varieties.
Hawaiian Sphinx Moth is endangered and rare with many bright colors and can found in the winter months in a nocturnal environment.
Hawaiian bees face unique challenges.
The volcano goddess Pele created the tallest mountains in Hawaii — Mauna Kea and Haleakala — but those peaks are also home to her snow goddess rivals.