Posts in the ‘Culturally Significant (Activities)’ Category

Makaʻiwa Keiki- Learning ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi

Maka’iwa Keiki is an engaging animated series of stories that strives to promote ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi and Polynesian Culture through Educational…

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Mahalo for your Kokua! ( koh-koo-ah)

From a very young age children in Hawaii are taught a very important concept called Kokua.

Kokua is the word the people of Hawaii use to describe the spirit of kindness accompanied by a desire to help one another, without expecting anything in return.

Showing consideration and kindness towards others in the community without expecting anything in return is part of what makes life on Maui so satisfying. This is Kokua.

Whether you were born here, transplanted here or just stopping by for a visit you are part of the Maui community.

To learn other Hawaiian words visit our blog titled Everyday Hawaiian Words and Phrases.



Here are 3 examples of ways to practice Kokua: Read more »

What We Can Do to Protect the ʻŌhiʻa Trees

10 ways to help protect the MauiʻŌhiʻa from Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death:

If you haven’t heard about the ʻŌhiʻa forest being at risk, you are just in time. RapidʻŌhiʻa Death is threatening the life of the Hawaiian forest.  The ʻŌhiʻa trees that make up the largest part of the forest are a keystone species. Keystone species are the backbone of  an ecosystem, if the keystone species of any given ecosystem were to disappear that ecosystem would be affected greatly or even collapse entirely.  Take the honey bee for example, another keystone species, no honey bee = no food. It doesn’t get more straight forward than that. One does not have to be a scientist to recognize this relationship between bees and food.

The high reaching treetops of ʻŌhiʻa forest gather rain and moisture from the air directing much needed water to the islands aquifer. These beautiful trees also provide a canopy for other plants and countless creatures. The flowers give sweet nectar to bird, bees and other pollinators. We must all do our part to save these trees and the environment they support. Here are a few ways you can help.


1. Avoid injuring ʻōhiʻa.
The fungus can easily make its way into the tree through cuts in the bark. When using a weed-eater around the base or tree do not allow the whips to come in contact with the trunk, as girdling trees make them susceptible to illness. A sure way to kill any tree is to cut the bark all the way around it. Read more »

Feeling Amazing Maui Style

A big part of living in tune with the planet is taking care of your own body, this body is…

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Dennis Kahula Jr. plays “Queens Jubilee” on his Ukulele

Dennis Kahula Jr. plays “Queens Jubilee” on his Ukulele. The song was originally composed by Liliʻuokalani on June 20, 1887…

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