Celebrate the Fourth of July with a different kind of firecracker, the papala. This endemic Hawaiian plant is a Roman candle made by nature.
Hawaiians honor Lono, god of agriculture, during a four-month-long celebration called Makahiki.
Two attractive fern species in Hawai‘i share the name laua‘e. Both are beloved by lei makers and Hawaiian cultural practitioners.
Discover the endemic yellow mao blossom, its history, ancient and modern uses, and where to catch a glimpse of it right here on Maui.
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.
Few people think of corals as animals — which they are — and fewer folks contemplate their sex lives! Yet coral spawns are magical events.
Seven species of uhu dwell in Hawaiian waters, including three endemics.
Oopu nakea is the largest and most abundant of five native Hawaiian goby species, famous for their ability to climb steep waterfalls.
Hau blooms year-round, though its crepelike blossoms last for a single day.
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.
Entomologists fear this endemic butterfly, our official state insect, may be disappearing from forests.
Autumn is a thrilling time for Hawaiian owls and those who admire them.
For Islanders, nothing signals winter quite like the smell of deep ocean swells and the pounding thud of giant surf.
Look out for Hawai'i's official State Mammal; it's pupping time.
Official hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November and August is by far the biggest month for these events.
Maui's delicious lychee season spans the summer from May to August.
Pumpkins are synonymous with fall on the mainland. In Hawai‘i, a different autumnal gourd ripens in the fields—the ipu, or bottle gourd.
Every autumn, Hawai‘i welcomes home a beloved snowbird, the Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva), known to Hawaiians as kolea.
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.
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.
The native lobelia, koli'i spreads an umbrella of pink blossoms in late summer.
Take advantage of Maui’s warm summer nights by gazing up into the star speckled sky.
The annual East Maui Taro Festival in Hana is the perfect opportunity to learn about—and taste—this delicacy.
Few people know that plumeria has a true Hawaiian cousin: hōlei. This rare tree species is endemic to the dry forests of East Maui.
When in bloom—as it is about now—mamane is an explosion of color: bursts of yellow petals.
Global populations of sanderlings numbers around 700,000—but only a few hundred hunakai call Hawai‘i home.
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.