In Season

In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

phosphorescence

Night Lights: Bioluminescence

Glowing creatures in Hawaii's seas light up the night.
Silversword

Haleakalā Silverswords

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

Oh, Hello!

Deck the halls this season with Hawaiian ohelo berries, a sacred yet edible plant endemic to Hawaii. They are also a nice alternative to cranberries.
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.
octopus

Armed & Mysterious

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

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.
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.
mamane

Mamane

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

Hau Lovely!

Hau blooms year-round, though its crepelike blossoms last for a single day.
hawaiian bat

Bats on the Wing

When the Polynesians first made landfall in Hawaii, their closest relative here was a bat.
ilima flower

Delicate Beauties

Strung together, the tissue-thin flowers of the ‘ilima bush make an exquisite lei.
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.
jacaranda

Jacarandas

Each spring the tall jacaranda trees lining the Upcountry Maui roadsides begin their slow explosion of color.
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.
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.
Mao

The Right Stuff

Discover the endemic yellow mao blossom, its history, ancient and modern uses, and where to catch a glimpse of it right here on Maui.
Hawaiian Lightning

Divine Flash: Lightning

January and February is the best time to view lightning in Hawaiʻi.
Portuguese Man-O-War

Blue Tide

Who are these carnivorous beauties?

Hawaiian Twist

Decorate your holiday table with a wreath of island flora featuring ‘ūlei.
Kanawao Hydrangea

Kanawao: Hawai‘i’s Hydrangea

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

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