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Maui – Demigod of Polynesia

The legends and myths of ancient civilizations are often the stepping stones to understanding the relationship between man and nature in the minds of ancient peoples. It is helpful to first understand the difference between a legend and a myth. Though the differences can become blurred, in general legends are often stories of real people and…

Hawaii’s Volcanoes

TYPES OF VOLCANOES Most volcanoes of the world are not shield volcanoes. The eruptions of volcanoes like Mount St Helens or the recent eruption of Fuego in Chile are stratovolcanoes. These types of volcanoes have steep sides and produce sudden violent eruptions that send pyroclastic flows of 1000 degree clouds of ash and gases rocketing…

Maui Weather

The weather is generally really awesome here on the island of Maui. We have great weather for everyone. Those who love the sun and heat, Kihei & Lahaina are for you. Those that want to live a bit cooler life head for Kula while those who donʻt mind the rain are happily residing in Haiku….

Polynesian Wayfinding and Celestial Navigation

History Of Wayfinding & Celestial Navigation When history speaks of the great explorers of the world we often hear brave stories of conquest and discovery. These stories, with the likes of Magellan, the Vikings and Columbus, tell of men voyaging into the open ocean to discover new lands. However, you may not have learned in school that…

Hawaiian Pidgin English

Hawaiian Pidgin Words & Meanings Pidgin quotes and sayings Hawaiian pidgin evolved from the sugar industry which began in the mid 1850’s on Maui. Immigrant workers came in waves from different countries to work in the sugarcane fields. The first waves of immigration where the Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese who needed to communicate with Haole (english speaking)…

Fall Months in Maui (Sept, Oct, Nov)

Maui In September, October & November Maui is an amazing place to visit year around but you may find that the fall months and early winter seasons can be one of the best times of year on the island. This is because the weather cools down a bit, the crowds are small with the kids returning…

Breadfruit Trees

What Is Breadfruit? One of the most important plants (known as “canoe plants”) brought to Hawai’i by the ancient voyaging Polynesians is the breadfruit tree. This beautiful tree played a major role in colonizing the Pacific and was a key staple food. For hundreds of years before western contact with Hawai’i this fruit tree, called ulu, was…

Monarchy

100 Years Of Hawaiian Kings & Queens Few societies on earth have undergone the immense and fast moving changes brought on by foreign discovery during the 18th and 19th centuries than Hawai’i. In ancient times this self sufficient and battle ready civilization was estimated to have been 1 million strong spread out on 6 major islands. Kamehameha the…

Hawaii History & Civilization Growth

The Hawaiian islands are the most isolated landmass on earth. The earliest archaeological evidence shows some carbon dated fish hooks on the Big Island dating back to 450 AD but most historians believe the classic Hawaiian civilization did not begin to develop until nearly 700 years later. Hawai’i has many mysteries about its ancient past…

Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawai’i

What Is Rat Lungworm Disease? Maui is a beautifully diverse island that sees visitors from all over the world enjoying the warm weather and wonderful beaches. However this transient economy brings in invasive species that can become a concern in a very short time. This is the case with an invasive slug that has brought…

Prince Jonah Kuhio

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole From Prince to Statesman The Hawaiian royalty always played an important role in the hearts and minds of native Hawaiians but few were more revered and respected than Prince Kuhio. During a time of struggle and conflict at the turn of the century he became a champion of the Hawaiian people and his…

Learning The Things To Do In Maui

What We Want You To Do On Maui Our “Things To Do In Maui” list is a little different – as we are not advocating for or promoting locations and activities. We want you to go out there and experience all of the beauty Maui has to offer, while learning to “malama the aina” (care…