Talk Story

Stories from Maui Cultural Lands ‘Ohana

Every culture around the world has its own way of sharing information. Here in the islands, we share informally by “talking story”—slowing down and taking time to explore ideas, stories, opinions and history with the people around us. We hope our Talk Story will help to inspire and connect our community!

  • Voyage to Nihoa

    When Maui Cultural Lands president Ekolu Lindsey first considered the idea of traveling 500 miles in a voyaging canoe, he had some doubts—mainly the worry of becoming seasick! “I had to overcome some fears,” Ekolu said. “But I was excited to try to make a difference, to help find some […]

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  • Stepping Up

      For the son of Puanani and Edwin “Ed” Robert Naleilehua Lindsey Jr., serving the land and the sea is simply second nature. The Lindseys established Maui Cultural Lands as a nonprofit organization in February 2002. A Native Hawaiian and lifelong school teacher, Ed worked throughout his life to involve […]

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  • Ekolu Lindsey Interview on HPR

    There’s a vast ocean out there, but its resources are not infinite. Coastal ecosystems throughout the world have felt the disastrous impact of overfishing and general overuse, and there’s a movement in Maui to bring about community control of ocean resources. Ekolu Lindsey is asking concerned kama’aina to work with […]

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  • Starwood Maui Cultural Celebration

    Information Booklet here: HOOHUI 2015 “E Ho‘ohui Kākou (Together As One)” comes to four islands HONOLULU – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii will launch “E Ho‘ohui Kākou (Together As One),” a weeklong cultural celebration across four islands in mid-October. The events will provide visitors, residents and employees with distinct experiences at […]

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  • Lindsey presented ‘more fish’ award

    The Maui News, Wednesday, April 15, 2009 By KEKOA ENOMOTO, Staff Writer KAHULUI – An Upcountry cultural advocate received the Malama I Ke Kai kupuna award at an inaugural ocean-awareness fair April 4 at Maui Community College. Uncle Ed Lindsey of Makawao was the recipient of the award shaped like […]

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  • Volunteering on Vacation

    Outrigger Hawaii, February 2009 By Kim Steutermann Rogers From the Ka’anapali Coastline, Honokowai Valley is nothing more than a slim pleat in the West Maui Mountains. A simple stripe of green. Up close, it is overrun with invasives, like the haole koa (lead), Chinaberry, and Java plum trees, that grow […]

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  • Project Malama Honokowai

    Maui Weekly, May 22, 2008 By: Lark Omura “Here’s a challenge if you’re an engineer,” says Kupuna Ed Lindsey, director of Maui Cultural Lands Inc. (MCL) “Build something, shut it down for 500 years, open it up, and it’ll still work.” Lindsey knows this is possible; he’s seen it happen, […]

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  • Environmental Heroes

    No Ka Oi Magazine, March 2008 Around here, we look forward to spring—not because of what’s blooming, or how epic the surf’s been, but because it’s when we at Maui No Ka ‘Oi get to champion a handful of Maui folks who work tirelessly to preserve and protect the natural […]

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  • Beyond The Beach

    By Norm Bezane New York, it was once said, has a million stories. Maui doesn’t have a million, but we have a great many indeed that deserve telling, especially to malahinis (newcomers) here who need to get in much better touch with the community. That’s the purpose of this commentary […]

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  • A Valley Back in Time

    By Sky Barnhart I know there are times when Honokowai Valley is dark and rainy. But every time I’ve seen it, it’s full of light, and that’s the way it stays in my mind. Birdsong echoes down the steep mountainsides that plunge 300 feet from sky to valley floor. Sunlight reflects […]

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  • Akia

    Wikstroemia uva-ursi

    Wikstroemia uva-ursa, known as Akia in Hawaiian, is only found in Hawaii, which makes it endemic. Used by Hawaiians as a fish poison so the men throwing nets could catch more fish. Common now throughout Hawaii, originally rare, found in coastal areas of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, and Maui. Easy to […]

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  • Ohelo

    Vaccinium reticulatum

    Vaccinium reticulatum, known as ʻŌhelo ʻai in Hawaiian, is a species of flowering plant in the heather family, Ericaceae, that is endemic to Hawai’i. It grows at altitudes of 640–3,700 m (2,100–12,100 ft) on lava flows and freshly distributed volcanic ash on Maui and Hawai’i, and less commonly on Kauai,Oahu, […]

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  • Milo

    Thespesia populnea

    The generic name Thespesia is derived from the Greek thespesios, divine, referring to T. populnea, which was collected in Tahiti by Captain Cook’s expedition in 1769 and was reported to be a sacred tree and planted around places of worship. The specific epithet populnea, poplar-like, likely in reference to the […]

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  • Pukiawe

    Styphelia Tameiatameiae

    Styphelia tameiameiae is occurs in a variety of forms ranging from low, spreading shrubs to small erect trees. In the tree form, it can grow up to 15 feet tall. The bark is brown to black and rough, especially on the larger stems. The bark on the slender twigs is […]

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  • ‘Aki’aki Grass

    Sporobolus Virginicus

    Sporobolus virginicus, known as ʻAkiʻaki in Hawaiian, belongs to the Poaceae (Grass family). Of the seven or eight species now found in Hawaii, only this species is indigenous. The genus name Sporobolus is derived from the Greek sporos, seed, and ballein, to throw, in reference to the fruit (the pericarp) […]

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