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.
The sweet potato, or ‘uala, is one of Polynesia’s most mysterious plants.
From September to November, star-shaped blossoms emerge, releasing a marvelous perfume reminiscent of violets or honeysuckle.
In spring, mature akule (big-eyed scad) congregate in sheltered Hawaiian bays. Historically, Hawaiian villages posted lookouts to watch for whenever a big akule school came near shore.
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.
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.
Bright red poinsettias are a familiar sight in the Hawaiian Islands during the holidays.
Ulua are no easy catch. The powerful, deep-sea-dwelling predators can weigh over 100 pounds. And they’re smart.
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.
Learn about hala trees (Pandanus tectorius), which are among Hawai‘i’s most recognizable and versatile native plants.
‘Akala, the native Hawaiian raspberry, is one of the native plants bringing life back to Poli Poli forest after last January’s devastating fire.
Autumn is a thrilling time for Hawaiian owls and those who admire them.
The legends, information and uses of the kolea lau nui tree.
Ho‘oilo starts in November and marks the rainy season in Hawaii. Micro climates and rain fall varies with wind, geography and elevation.
The annual East Maui Taro Festival in Hana is the perfect opportunity to learn about—and taste—this delicacy.
As summer ripens, local fishermen start scanning the shoreline for oama, or baby goatfish.
Hau blooms year-round, though its crepelike blossoms last for a single day.
Each spring the tall jacaranda trees lining the Upcountry Maui roadsides begin their slow explosion of color.
When foraging for plants to kindle romance, the love-struck Hawaiian had no further to look than the distinctive Hala tree.
Hawaiians honor Lono, god of agriculture, during a four-month-long celebration called Makahiki.
Every winter, Hawaii entertains around 4,000 North Pacific humpback whales returning from their summer vacations in Alaska.
Ancient Hawaiian Chanters used the unique sounds of the Alala, Hawaiian crow, to broadcast messages in battle. Currently they are extinct in the wild.
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.
‘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.
Glowing creatures in Hawaii's seas light up the night.
Seven species of uhu dwell in Hawaiian waters, including three endemics.
By the time Westerners arrived, Hawaiians had developed at least forty-four distinct banana varieties.