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In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

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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.

Autumn Harvest

In Hawai‘i, the ipu (bottle gourd) ripens in the fall.
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.
Hawaiian naupaka

Beach Naupaka: Opera by the Sea

Native Hawaiian naupaka is a beach shrub with worthy gems to offer the budding botanist.
holei flower

The Once and Future Lei Flower

Few people know that plumeria has a true Hawaiian cousin: hōlei. This rare tree species is endemic to the dry forests of East Maui.
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.
Hawaiian monk seal

Rough Water Pups

Look out for Hawai'i's official State Mammal; it's pupping time.
learn about tiger shark pups

Shark Pups

When you enter the ocean this fall, remember that it’s not just the sharks’ home; it’s their nursery.
lychee

Lychee

Maui's delicious lychee season spans the summer from May to August.
goatfish

Casting Call

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

Bats on the Wing

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

Social Climber: ‘ie‘ie

This versatile vine wove its way into the fabric of Hawaiian life.
Hawaiian flying fish

Mālolo: the flying fish

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

Hawaiian Twist

Decorate your holiday table with a wreath of island flora featuring ‘ūlei.
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.
kolea lau nui

Painting the Forest Red

The legends, information and uses of the kolea lau nui tree.
natal plum

Natal Plum

Get the recipe Natal Plum Holiday Relish for a new holiday tradition.
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.
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.
'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.
phosphorescence

Night Lights: Bioluminescence

Glowing creatures in Hawaii's seas light up the night.
Maui chinese new year

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Maui celebrates Chinese New Year with a bang.
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.
hawaiian owl pueu

Hawaiian Owl: Love Is in the Air

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

Hau Lovely!

Hau blooms year-round, though its crepelike blossoms last for a single day.
hawaii butterfly, kamehameha

On The Wing

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

Haleakalā Silverswords

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

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