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Landraces are highly sought after in this world of synergetic hybrids. Many try to revive the ancient genes, which evolved through natural selection. Searching and discovering the cannabis genes untouched by modern technology is highly desirable. Hawaii contains cannabis landraces that grew in the tropical paradise for centuries.

In the ‘60s, Hawaii attracted many hippies, and the local surfing culture was spreading among the Western youth. The local Hawaiians had trust issues with the foreigners. There was a lot of remaining bitterness and suspicion, due to the coup d'état in 1893, when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by the US. Bradda Joseph of Lower Nāhiku, Maui, told a story of the ‘60s summer solstice party. The hippies created a huge psychedelic party in Lower Nāhiku. The locals felt the ganja smoke from miles away. The locals decided to see what’s going on. Upon encounter, the hippies didn’t know what was happening, they were scared. The tension was real. Suddenly, the locals brought forward some of their own dank and started sharing it with the hippies. They told them about their long history of marijuana usage. They danced, partied and had a good time bonding over the sweet Mary Jane. When the hippies toked some of the local ganja, they said “WOW!”, afterwards, they went “wowie, maui wowie, maui!”. And that’s the legend behind the name; Maui Wowie.

The locals call cannabis for Pakalōlō, Paka = tobacco and lōlō = crazy or numbing. “Crazy numbing tobacco” is quite descriptive of the dank, that they enjoyed. For centuries, the landraces, that the locals consumed, were used for medicinal and recreational purposes. In 1836, a newspaper article in “Ka Nonanona” was published, which told the story of a woman, that fell asleep after toking some sweet Pakalōlō, which resulted in the entire house burning down and killing a couple of people, including children. After this article, the Pakalōlō was coined as “Kapu” (forbidden).

Approximately 140 years later many landraces have become extinct due to the Operation Green Harvest, which was commenced in the late ‘70s. The federal state and local narcotics officers were wasting taxpayer dollars on robbing the island of pure cannabis gems. There was a great diversity of landrace strains in Hawaii, they were called Kona Gold, Maui Wowie, Puna Buddaz, and Kaua’i Electric, before the Operation Green Harvest, they were very easily found. Although, many landraces survived and the genetics are being mixed with other strains. For example NYC Diesel contains the Hawaiian Sativa genetics, among other dank strains. Indoors the typical height is 120-150cm, while outdoor growers can expect 140-190cm of dank magnificence. When the plant receives a balanced feeding and the optimal light conditions, the expected flowering period will be around 65 days. When you grow it, commemorate the Hawaiian growers and the island for providing the lavish ganja experience.

When it comes to the ancient history of how the plants got their way into the mystical paradise of Hawaii remains a mystery. Some speculate that the birds smuggled seeds from distant lands. If that’s true, let’s encourage the birds of today to follow the footsteps of their ancestors. Some speculate that the seeds could’ve traveled by sea. The Polynesians that paddled onto Hawaii's shores could’ve contributed to the weed landraces. There are many theories, although Hawaii's rich history of marijuana usage remains unquestionable.

So, the mystical tropics have a lot of dank genes to offer for the marijuana community of the world. If you are an explorer, don’t hesitate, go to Hawaii and search for the untouched landraces, which will contribute greatly to humanity. If you just want to chill, speak with the locals about their Pakalōlō history and culture. Roll a joint and enjoy the picturesque sunsets.