A Brief History of the Lei

A Brief History of the Lei

When you landed on Maui, it’s quite possible you received a lei. If not, you’re at least familiar with them, right? Why do people share leis in Hawaii? Where did they come from? Here is a quick history of the lei in Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, the...
A Brief History of Haleakala

A Brief History of Haleakala

According to legend, the demigod Maui set out to capture the sun and slow it down for his mother, Hina. She was a talented woman who created cloth out of pounded bark (Kapa), but lamented that the sun moved across the sky too quickly for her cloth to dry. So Maui...
A Brief History of the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato

A Brief History of the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato

If you’ve shopped in grocery stores or farmers markets around Maui, or visited assorted restaurants around town, you’ve probably come across purple sweet potatoes, also called Okinawan sweet potatoes. The potatoes have a long history in Hawaii, but lets...
A Brief History of Taro in Hawaii

A Brief History of Taro in Hawaii

Taro, once a staple of the Hawaiian diet, and still an integral part of the culture, is surprisingly not native to Hawaii. Instead, it is thought to have originated in southern India, before migrating east to China and as far south as New Zealand. From there,...