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The ocean is a source of joy for locals and visitors alike: for surfers, kiters, snorkelers, fisherman, paddle boarders, whale watchers, and countless others. Our streams and waterfalls are world-famous sources of tranquility and beauty. This special issue is dedicated to wai, H20, the source…...
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“Out of the water, I am nothing.”
—Duke Kahanamoku

Water is the most essential element on Maui. It surrounds us and flows across the island. 

The ocean is a source of joy for locals and visitors alike: for surfers, kiters, snorkelers, fisherman, paddle boarders, whale watchers, and countless others. Our streams and waterfalls are world-famous sources of tranquility and beauty.

This special issue is dedicated to wai, H20, the source of life.

We profile a fourth-generation waterman and interview an author who wrote the book on big-wave surfing. We explore the complex history of Maui’s four great waters and why our freshwater resources are so essential. We take a dive into eco-friendly surf gear and plastic water bottle alternatives. 

And, when you’re looking for something to do on dry land, you can peruse the island’s most comprehensive events calendar.

Enjoy the water. Conserve the water. Respect the water.

Read all our Water Edition stories below:

Building a Better Board – Timpone Leaf Lite EcoBoards sport novel, natural materials

The Four Great Waters – The ocean makes Maui famous—but our freshwater is a precious resource

Thirsting for a Solution – The high cost of alternatives to single-use plastic water bottles makes conservation a luxury

Out of the Shadows of Giants – Fourth-generation waterman Austin Kalama takes flight on his own 

The Way of Wai – Blending the old with the new to bring water security back to Maui

Going Big – Author Ugo Corte explores the joy—and danger—of tackling monstrous waves

Jacob Shafer

Adjusting To The Waves

Adjusting To The Waves

By the time you read these words, the results will be known. But that doesn’t change the fact that these competitors deserve to be recognized, regardless of where they placed.

Marine Virus First Detected in Maui Waters is Spreading

Marine Virus First Detected in Maui Waters is Spreading

In 2010, a unique virus was detected in a Longman’s beaked whale stranded at Hamoa beach in Hana. The disease, dubbed beaked whale circovirus (BWCV), has since been detected in ten different whale and dolphin species across the Pacific

Maui Schools to Get Funding Injection

Maui Schools to Get Funding Injection

Maui County schools will receive an additional $7.4 million in federal funding in 2023-24 under Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which aims to assist at-risk children and those living in low-income families