Locals Know

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

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.
hapa haole music

Hapa Haole Music

Born in the early 1900s, Hawaiian hapa haole music evolved over the decades to match whatever song style was popular at the time, from ragtime to rap.
ghost stories

Jeepers Creepers! Ghost Stories

Enjoy these hair-raising tales from the community.
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.
kadomatsu

On the Threshold of the Year

Display of kadomatsu, or bamboo arrangements, guarantees good luck for Hawaiian households on New Year's Day.
hawaii graduation lei

Talk Story

Fresh off the coconut wireless
Hawaiian pau riders

Pa‘u Riders

Hawaiian pa'u riders carry on an exuberant tradition, bedecking both horse and rider with flowers and fine fabrics.

Night Marchers

Hawaiian legend says that night marchers haunt certain paths,

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.
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.
maui wetlands

Harboring the Wetland

Kahului once was home to birds and two inland fishponds.

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.
rubber

What Erased Maui’s Rubber Plantations?

A century ago, Maui’s business leaders were excited about a new crop: rubber.
mu‘umu‘u

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.

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Imua Family Services’ Will Smith Discovery Garden

A World of Pure Imagination  Story by Savy Janssen Photographs by Jason Moore  Sunlight filtered through the outstretched arms of the 120-year-old monkey pod trees, and...

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