Locals Know

“Locals Know” stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine

Lahaina island

Lahaina’s Invisible Island

The dusty, abandoned ball field that is Lahaina’s Malu‘ulu o Lele Park once was a spring-fed fishpond surrounding a private royal island, traditional home of Maui kings
whales photography

How to Catch a Whale

Underwater photographer Douglas Hoffman tells us what it takes to capture Maui’s most famous visitor, the illusive humpback whale, in its natural environment.
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Mu‘umu‘u

What we now call the mu‘umu‘u—any loose Hawaiian-print dress hanging from the shoulders—has come a long way since its genesis as underwear.

Night Marchers

Hawaiian legend says that night marchers haunt certain paths,
kayak with shark bite

Shark Tale

Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi photographer Daniel Sullivan came face-to-face with a great white shark — and survived.
hawaii graduation lei

Talk Story

Fresh off the coconut wireless
rubber

What Erased Maui’s Rubber Plantations?

A century ago, Maui’s business leaders were excited about a new crop: rubber.
Honoapi‘ilani Highway

Honoapi‘ilani Highway

Beyond Keone‘o‘io (also known as La Pérouse Bay), a straight, flat path cuts through barren lava fields.
kadomatsu

On the Threshold of the Year

Display of kadomatsu, or bamboo arrangements, guarantees good luck for Hawaiian households on New Year's Day.
boy flag tradition

Wave If It’s a Boy

Fish-shaped streamers are part of the celebration of Boys’ Day, a Japanese holiday that arrived in the Hawaiian Islands with early plantation workers.

Steals & Splurges

Here are ten penny-pinching tips for having food, fun, and a fabulous time on the Valley Isle—and ten more worth breaking the bank for.
maui wetlands

Harboring the Wetland

Kahului once was home to birds and two inland fishponds.

Makahiki

Each year, as the rains came and the Makali‘i, or Pleiades, appeared in the night sky, Hawaiians of old set aside time to rest, feast and play.
ghost stories

Jeepers Creepers! Ghost Stories

Enjoy these hair-raising tales from the community.

Maui Events & News

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Coping with Covid: Maui Resort Update

Safety is the new luxury at Maui resorts.

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