In Season

In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

octopus

Armed & Mysterious

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

Summer Stargazing

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

A Whale of a Love Song

Every winter, Hawaii entertains around 4,000 North Pacific humpback whales returning from their summer vacations in Alaska.
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.
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.
winter surf

Winter Surf

For Islanders, nothing signals winter quite like the smell of deep ocean swells and the pounding thud of giant surf.
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.
Hunakai Sanderlings

Wave Chasers: Sanderlings

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

Behold the Lobelia

The Lobelia Grayana is an endangered lavender flower that grows in Waikamoi Preserve on Maui. Ancient Hawaiians called this plant opelu.
coral spawns

Sex and the Coral Polyp

Few people think of corals as animals — which they are — and fewer folks contemplate their sex lives! Yet coral spawns are magical events.
hawaiian owl pueu

Hawaiian Owl: Love Is in the Air

Autumn is a thrilling time for Hawaiian owls and those who admire them.
ie‘ie

Social Climber: ‘ie‘ie

This versatile vine wove its way into the fabric of Hawaiian life.
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.
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.
Alala Hawaiian Crow

The Call of the ‘Alala

Ancient Hawaiian Chanters used the unique sounds of the Alala, Hawaiian crow, to broadcast messages in battle. Currently they are extinct in the wild.
Kanawao Hydrangea

Kanawao: Hawai‘i’s Hydrangea

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

Divine Flash: Lightning

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

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.
jacaranda

Jacarandas

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

Watch out for Wedgies!

Wedge-tailed shearwaters spend the majority of their lives at sea, where they feed on baitfish and squid. They return to Hawai'i each spring to nest.
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 Twist

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

Night Lights: Bioluminescence

Glowing creatures in Hawaii's seas light up the night.
red ti leaf

Rainy Season

Ho‘oilo starts in November and marks the rainy season in Hawaii. Micro climates and rain fall varies with wind, geography and elevation.

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