In Season

In Season stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

papala

Grow Your Own Fireworks

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a different kind of firecracker, the papala. This endemic Hawaiian plant is a Roman candle made by nature.

Hawaiian Winter

Hawaiians honor Lono, god of agriculture, during a four-month-long celebration called Makahiki.
peahi fern

A Fern by Any Other Name

Two attractive fern species in Hawai‘i share the name laua‘e. Both are beloved by lei makers and Hawaiian cultural practitioners.
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.
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.
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.
parrotfish

Uhu? Uh, unusual!

Seven species of uhu dwell in Hawaiian waters, including three endemics.
oopu nakea

Hercules of the Hawaiian Streams

Oopu nakea is the largest and most abundant of five native Hawaiian goby species, famous for their ability to climb steep waterfalls.
hau

Hau Lovely!

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

On The Wing

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

Hawaiian Owl: Love Is in the Air

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

Winter Surf

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

Rough Water Pups

Look out for Hawai'i's official State Mammal; it's pupping time.
Maui Hawaii hurricane season

Hurricane Season

Official hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November and August is by far the biggest month for these events.
lychee

Lychee

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

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.
plover

Welcome Home, Kolea!

Every autumn, Hawai‘i welcomes home a beloved snowbird, the Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva), known to Hawaiians as kolea.
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 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.
koli‘i

Koli‘i: The RuPaul of the Rain Forest

The native lobelia, koli'i spreads an umbrella of pink blossoms in late summer.
constellation scorpio

Summer Stargazing

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

Pua Kalo

The annual East Maui Taro Festival in Hana is the perfect opportunity to learn about—and taste—this delicacy.
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.
mamane

Mamane

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

Wave Chasers: Sanderlings

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

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ʻAipono Wine Dinner at Kaʻana Kitchen

Please join us for an Aipono Wine Dinner at Kaʻana Kitchen in Wailea.

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