In Season

In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

kaunaoa hawaiian plant

Vegetable Vampire

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.
hala

Hala: The Hawaiian Aphrodisiac

When foraging for plants to kindle romance, the love-struck Hawaiian had no further to look than the distinctive Hala tree.
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.
Hawaiian flying fish

Mālolo: the flying fish

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

Blue Tide

Who are these carnivorous beauties?
Silversword

Haleakalā Silverswords

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

On The Wing

Entomologists fear this endemic butterfly, our official state insect, may be disappearing from forests.
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 raspberry

We Give You the Raspberry

‘Akala, the native Hawaiian raspberry, is one of the native plants bringing life back to Poli Poli forest after last January’s devastating fire.
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.

Autumn Harvest

In Hawai‘i, the ipu (bottle gourd) ripens in the fall.
hawaiian owl pueu

Hawaiian Owl: Love Is in the Air

Autumn is a thrilling time for Hawaiian owls and those who admire them.
hawaiian bat

Bats on the Wing

When the Polynesians first made landfall in Hawaii, their closest relative here was a bat.
aalii Hawaiian shrub

The Steadfast ‘A‘ali‘i

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.
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.
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.
constellation scorpio

Summer Stargazing

Take advantage of Maui’s warm summer nights by gazing up into the star speckled sky.
wiliwili

Return of the Wiliwili

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.
mamane

Mamane

When in bloom—as it is about now—mamane is an explosion of color: bursts of yellow petals.
maui sea turtles

Turtle Tracks

Since 1996, volunteers have helped Hawaiian hawksbills turtles reach the ocean, and you can too.
Kanawao Hydrangea

Kanawao: Hawai‘i’s Hydrangea

Beautiful and distinctive kanawao shrubs decorate rain forests across Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian sphinx moth

The Hawaiian Sphinx’s Riddle

Hawaiian Sphinx Moth is endangered and rare with many bright colors and can found in the winter months in a nocturnal environment.
awapuhi

Spring Cleaning

‘Awapuhi is one of the twenty-seven species known as “canoe plants”—plants the first Hawaiians carried with them and relied on when colonizing these Islands.
Hawaiian Lightning

Divine Flash: Lightning

January and February is the best time to view lightning in Hawaiʻi.
goatfish

Casting Call

As summer ripens, local fishermen start scanning the shoreline for oama, or baby goatfish.
Hawaiian bees

Local Buzz

Hawaiian bees face unique challenges.
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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