In Season

In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

octopus

Armed & Mysterious

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

Mālolo: the flying fish

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
sweet potato

‘Uala, the Globe-trotting Sweet Potato

The sweet potato, or ‘uala, is one of Polynesia’s most mysterious plants.
persimmon

Persimmons

Known in Hawaii as kaki, persimmons were cultivated by Maui’s early Japanese farmers and continue to be harvested at a handful of family farms.
Kanaloa Kahoolawensis

Return of the Lost Legume

The discovery of Kanaloa Kahoolawensis adds not only a new species, but a new genus to the scientific records—a rare occurrence in modern botany.
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.
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.
kolea lau nui

Painting the Forest Red

The legends, information and uses of the kolea lau nui tree.
Hunakai Sanderlings

Wave Chasers: Sanderlings

Global populations of sanderlings numbers around 700,000—but only a few hundred hunakai call Hawai‘i home.
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.
Portuguese Man-O-War

Blue Tide

Who are these carnivorous beauties?
phosphorescence

Night Lights: Bioluminescence

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

Hawaiian Sandalwood: Aboreal Gold

The story of Hawaiian sandalwood is a sad one, but it's not over yet.

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