How do you know if your Pakalōlō is really Hawaiian?


Those of us who were around in the 1960’s & 70’s, when Hawaiian Pakalōlō became globally recognized as some of the sweetest, fruitiest, flavorful, fragrant, uplifting, euphoric Pakalōlō on the planet — remember the tasty tropical terpene trend of yester-year, as a rip roaring ride on a rollercoaster of love, that was abruptly halted by the severe scrutiny of pot prohibition & marijuana eradication efforts here in Hawai’i.

One day giant, juicy Hawaiian buds were abundant & available everywhere — the next day they were scarce & difficult to find, even by locals who lived on island, let alone by Cannabis connoisseurs half way across the Universe, searching for that distinctive, delectable HI high.

With the re-legalization of the Healing of the Nations, we are now witnessing a reefer renaissance where many old school Hawaiian strains, thought lost in the sands of time at that big bud beach in the sky, are emerging from hiding & making a Canna-Comeback.

Pua Mana 1st Hawaiian Pakalōlō Seed Bank recently released legendary landrace Hawaiian Genetics like Kona Gold, Maui Wowie, Puna Buddaz, Hawai’i ’78, Hawaiian Duckfoot & Hawaiian Bloodline Bx1 — along with many members of our HI Hybridz collection, a project focusing on breeding the most popular, potent & medicinal strains on the MMJ market with Hawaiian Genetics.

The response we received from the Cannabis Community upon releasing our old school Hawaiian Pakalōlō Genetics was absolutely phenomenal!

Since 2014, when Pua Mana ‘Ohana began releasing rare endangered Hawaiian genetics to medical patients here in Hawai’i, to our online ‘Ohana = Family & through dispensaries in legal states, we have seen the Scene of Green blessed up & enhanced by Hawaiian Pakalōlō plants!!

While passing this phatty boom batty Hawaiian style joint, it has gotten to the point where we can accurately say:

Hawaiian Pakalōlō…

it’s a thing…


Hawaiian Pakalōlō is back & ready to lead the pack, as tropical terpene drenched trichomes stack!!!

While we are overjoyed that Hawaiian Pakalōlō is seeing a welcome resurgence & is once again being recognized as the dank delicacy she truly is — our Kūpuna = Wise Elders become concerned when new Cannabis Companies & breeders begin putting Hawaiian names on strains that are not Hawaiian or have no history within our island Cannabis Community, simply for marketing purposes — so we are publishing this piece highlighting a few ways to know if your Pakalōlō is really Hawaiian.

Now, to answer the question about dakine on everyone’s mind:

How do you know if your Pakalōlō is really Hawaiian?

Talk Story & Read Reviews

In the 1980’s, 90’s & well after the turn of the century, dank detectives trying to track down elusive Hawaiian Pakalōlō strains that went underground during Pakalōlō Prohibition, were only able to locate rare local treasures by engaging in conversation or talking story with our Kūpuna = Wise Elders.

Talk Story, as we say here in Hawai’i, is the ancient art of the face to face (not Facebook to Facebook) conversation.

Talking Story with our Kūpuna = Wise Elders, while sharing a medicinal doobie or two, is how we learned about Hawaiian Pakalōlō plants prior to the advent of the internet.

What does Kona Gold smell like?

Does Maui Wowie take 11 plus weeks to pau = finish her Pua = Flower period??

How tall does Hawaiian Elephant really get, is she as Giant as they say???

All these questions and mo’ can be answered by our Kūpuna = Wise Elders — all you have to do is ask.

Here in Hawai’i we enjoy talking story & have been able to pass on many local legends during doobie sessions with visitors seeking lessons.

Now, Mahalo = Thanks to the internet, we can talk story with people all around Planet Pakalōlō (Facebook to Facebook).

Leafly is a wonderful place in cyberspace to share your experiences with Hawaiian Pakalōlō or Cannabis in General.



By reading reviews on Leafly, you can enjoy an entertaining & educational experience, brought to you by fellow members of the Cannabis Community.

By writing reviews on Leafly, you can assist with the enrichment of the cool, colorful Leafly database of dank, while teaching other stoney scientists just what makes your Bic flick.

Share your thoughts about the taste, terpenes, scent & effects of your favorite strains — you can even give a shout out to the dispensary location where you aquired the hook up, so people in search of dakine, know what they are looking for, as well as where to find.

As a Great Rockstar once said:

I get high with a little help from my friends” ~ Joe Cocker

Research Genetic Heritage

Just because a strain bears a Hawaiian name does not mean it has Hawaiian Genetics in it’s ‘Ohana = Family tree.

Seedfinder is the mos massive Cannabis Genetics Database in our solar system & has a Strain Lineage / Genealogy for every strain in their formidable Genetics Library.

You can visit Seedfinder to research the Genetic Lineage of your favorite strains to learn mo’ about each flavors unique hashy heritage.

Here is an example of the Seedfinder Strain Lineage / Genealogy for Hawaiian Trinity by Pua Mana 1st Hawaiian Pakalōlō Seed Bank:


By examining the Seedfinder Strain Lineage / Genealogy we learn Hawaiian Trinity consists of Hawaiian Bloodline Kona Gold Sativa crossed with Trinity Kush.

As we look deeper into the ancestral roots of Trinity Kush we find she is a multi layered love affair of many landrace Indica & Sativa strains as Trinity Kush parentage is Afghan ’76 x Master Kush.

Master Kush has a parentage that consists of another landrace; Hindu Kush, x the legendary American Hybrid Skunk #1. Skunk #1 is a beautiful blend of 3 landrace strains; a Colombian Sativa, a Indica from Afghanistan & a Mexican Sativa.

We can clearly see in the Seedfinder Strain Lineage / Genealogy that Hawaiian Trinity is %50 Hawaiian due to her Hawaiian Bloodline Kona Gold Sativa Makuahine = Mother.

Every strain in the Pua Mana 1st Hawaiian Pakalōlō Seed Bank Genetics Library has a Hawaiian ancestor or a connection to island Cannabis Culture like ’98 Aloha White Widow, who became so popular on the Big Island demand for “Da Widz” had growers cultivating White Widow clones with a faster flower & heavy hitting power over longer flowering Hawaiian sativa strains that were mo’ difficult to conceal from Helicopters in search of Hawaiian Pakalōlō or Pele Fire OG — offspring of the Pele Fire OG cut; one of the only real OG Kush phenotypes to survive & thrive here in Hawai’i, due to her Lemon Thai Sativa dominant phenotype expression giving her the ability to adapt to the tropical climate of Hawai’i.


Aside from our Hawaiian OG collection & ’98 Aloha White Widow, all Genetics by Pua Mana 1st Hawaiian Pakalōlō Seed Bank are either pure old school Hawaiian landrace & heirloom strains passed down by our Kūpuna = Wise Elders or Hawaiian Hybrids with real Hawaiian Pakalōlō parents like the members of our HI Hybridz collection.

Just because a strain has a Hawaiian name, does not always mean it is really Hawaiian.

You should research the Genetic Heritage of the Pakalōlō you puff, so you know you are Growing the right stuff.

Laboratory Analysis: Terpene Profiles & Genome Mapping

Now comes the fun part of our Pakalōlō parentage pursuit:

Lab Tests, Terpene Profiles & Genome Mapping (“oh my“).

Places that have embraced re-legalization, are already enjoying the fruits a healthy harvest can supply to our economy.

From dispensaries providing tax income, to medical & recreational licensing fees, to seeing an increase in business at local restaurants around 4:20 in the afternoon — our economies are being infused with Green…literally.

Laboratory testing not only allows us a glimpse into the science behind the stone, it also employs our fellow stoney scientists.

You can get your medicine tested for contamination, as well as receive an in depth terpene profile from laboratories in legal locations.

Here is a Terpene profile analysis for Maui Wowie performed by 360 Analytical:


A terpene profile analysis provides incredibly inebriating insight into the wonderful world of weed’s favorite flavors, effects & the potency of popular Pakalōlō.

Recently, a laboratory raised the bud bar, lifting us up into the realm of Cannabis Genome Mapping.

Phylos Bioscience in Portland Oregon provides Cannabis Geneome Mapping for patients in legal states who want to know mo’ about our Pakalōlō.

In this test we see Hawaiian Bloodline Bx1 displays a low level of genetic variation indicative of her old school Hawaiian landrace Sativa heritage:


The test results for Hawaiian Trinity display a moderate level of genetic variation indicative of a stabilized Hawaiian Hybrid:


As mentioned before — not every strain with a Hawaiian name is really Hawaiian.

These test results labeled; “‘70’s Hawaiian” — display a high level of genetic variation indicative of an unstabilized hybrid — not a old school Hawaiian landrace Sativa strain:


Mahalo = Thanks to the stoney scientists representing Phylos Bioscience in Portland Oregon — we can clearly see that this sample labeled “70’s Hawaiian“, submit by “Hawaiian Seed Company” from Central Oregon, is not a old school Hawaiian strain due to the extremely high level of genetic variation revealed.

Any strain bred & preserved since the 1970’s will have a low level of genetic variation, similar to Hawaiian Bloodline.

Not only can we learn about genetic variation from a Phylos Bioscience Geneome Mapping, we can also find known relations between strains.

One of our Genetic Specialists spoke with Phylos Bioscience about testing Blue Hawaiian, to finally put to rest the debate over whether or not she is related to D.J. Short’s mouthwatering masterpiece Blueberry, or if Blue Hawaiian simply has a unique tropical Blueberry flavor.

As Phylos Bioscience is relatively new, they said they do not yet have a sample of D.J. Short’s Blueberry to compare — though they have been able to map the genomes of an astonishing number of OG Kush clones.

Best way to know: Grow Pakalōlō

Talking Story with our Kūpuna = Wise Elders, reading reviews on Leafly, researching the genetic heritage of strains in the epic Seedfinder Database, or testing your medicine at a laboratory to map Cannabis Geneomes & provide Terpene Profiles, are all Great methods of detecting if your Pakalōlō is really Hawaiian.

The best technique of them all, to attain the maximum amount of Mana’o = Knowledge, is to reasearch all of the above & then cultivate Pakalōlō plants yourself.

Pakalōlō plants are tremendous teachers & the Mana’o = Knowledge gained from actual growing experience is worth way mo’ than that aquired by surfing the internet…

Speaking of surfing…

Aloha a hui hou

Pua Mana ‘Ohana


~ Pua Mana ‘Ohana & Pua Mana 1st Hawaiian Pakalōlō Seed Bank release our rare endangered Hawaiian genetics for souvenir & preservation purposes ~

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