Art of da Phenohunt: Duck-pheno-hunt Season


Phenotype, all the observable characteristics of an organism that result from the interaction of its genotype (total genetic inheritance) with the environment.

Examples of observable characteristics include behaviour, biochemical properties, colour, shape, and size.

~ Encyclopedia Britannica

The Art of da Phenohunt is a process by which prime Pakalōlō plants are selected for future propagation.

The careful selection of the perfect phenotype is The Art of da Phenohunt.

Professional Pakalōlō Preservationists & Bud Breeders take Great Kokua = Care in selecting the perfect phenotypes to perpetuate the plant.

Landrace strains display a low level of genetic variation, producing fewer distinctive, recognizable phenotypes.


A stabilized Hybrid will produce a moderate level of genetic variation, displaying a wider range of phenotype variation.


Unstabilized Hybrids display a high level of genetic variation & have the most diversified phenotype selection available for a up & coming phenohunter searching for that special strain.

The initial offspring of two strains bred together is called the F1 or “First Filial” Hanauna = Generation.

F1 Hybrid Pakalōlō plants will produce ‘Ano ‘Ano = Seeds with the widest range of phenotype variation.

Phenohunting though F1 Hybrids is an exciting experience of dank discovery!

If your Makuahine = Mother plant is a short season Indica strain and your Makuakāne = Father plant is a long flower Sativa (as is the case with our HI Hybridz collection members like Caramel Kona Coffee Kush & Maui Pineapple Chunk), you can breed down the line (F2, F3, F4) to isolate the most desirable traits, as well as determining your Pua = Flower period.

By selecting Indica dominant phenotypes with faster flower cycles as parents, you will see the keiki = offspring reflect the same.

If you choose a longer flowering Sativa dominant phenotype, for her larger yield — your next Hanauna = Generation will inherit the traits you breed for.

The Keiki = offspring produced by crossing 2 F1 phenotypes of the same strain are called the F2 Hanauna = Generation. Successive Hanauna = Generations are labeled F3, F4, F5 until eventually the perfect phenotype for production is found.

Recessive Genetics can be found in further breeding projects. If you breed a strain with a OG Kush, your F2 & F3 Hanauna = Generations may display traits of the parents of OG Kush: Lemon Thai, Pakistan Valley Kush or Chem Dawg. You can then select & isolate the desirable phenotypes found.

Legendary breeders, (like DJ Short creator of the original Blueberry strain), recommend beginning any long term breeding project with landrace Genetics as parents.


As you breed down the line you can select phenotypes that mirror the desired outcome of your Pakalōlō project.

The phenotype selection process is a wild and wonderful experience.

Depending on the goals of your breeding project, you may elect to select phenotypes that reflect different facets of the parents personalities.

For Maui Mango Diesel, we selected phenotypes that secreted the scent of Mango, due to a terpene named: Myrcene.


Not only does Myrcene smell like sweet ripe mangoes — Myrcene is a terpene known to enhance & extend your experience, due the fact it is synergistic with THC and other cannabinoids, passing through the blood brain barrier with ease.


In order to produce that diesel gas like scent — we needed to select phenotypes heavy in the terpenes: Beta Caryophyllene, Limonene & Humulene.

By selecting phenotypes with a beautiful blend of Myrcene, Beta Caryophyllene, Limonene & Humulene we were able to isolate that special Maui Mango Diesel aroma & flavor that she has become famous for.

Now that we have found the perfect specimen — one that reflects the project goals such as Maui Mango Diesel or Caramel Kona Coffee Kush (both of whom taste & smell spot on due to the labors of our diligent Genetic Specialists), it is time to stabilize our strain by backcrossing.


Back crossing is symbolized by Bx1 for the 1st Hanauna = Generation, Bx2 for the 2nd, Bx3 for the 3rd.

A strain is stabilized by back crossing subsequent Keiki = Offspring into the Makuahine = Mother plant.

‘Ano ‘Ano = Seeds produced by back crossing will bring forth stable phenotypes with a moderate to low level of genetic variation.

If you find the perfect phenotype in your F1 Hanauna = Generation you can back cross the F2 Hanauna = Generation into the F1 by pollinating the F1 with F2 pollen taken from a Kane = Male.

If you do not find the right phenotype in your F1 Hanauna = Generation you can keep breeding down the line (into F2, F3 ect.) until you find the phenotype you want to back cross & stabilize.

Our Genetic Specialist who created GDP Electric bred all the way to F8 Hanauna = Generation before deciding to release such an epic purple Pakalōlō project to the populous.

We sure are glad GDP Electric got released to the General Public — as she is already receiving rave reviews from those who have experienced a close encounter of da GDP Electric kine!


Our Kūpuna = Wise Elders used to release strains to new growers slowly, after they proved they could handle the challenge, starting with a Hawaiian Indica strain like Hawaiian Duckfoot.

If you no bring Uncle & Auntie back some good buds from da seeds they passed on to you — it is doubtful one would progress on to the more difficult to cultivate, coveted, world famous Hawaiian Sativa.

We are now releasing a limited edition round of F1 Hybrids all bred with our old school Hawaiian Duckfoot by one of our best & brightest Genetic Specialists.

As Hawaiian Duckfoot is a extremely stable Hawaiian Indica with easily identifiable features like her variegated “duck foot” leaf pattern — we though this would be a perfect project to teach growers interested in breeding about phenotype selection during a special spring session we like to call:



Let’s say for instance you decided to purchase our GDP Electric x Duckfoot limited edition release.

While phenohunting through the seeds you will find phenotypes that reflect both parents characteristics.

Perhaps you are searching for a phenotype that inherits the Duckfoot leaf pattern combined with the frosty purple funk from her GDP Electric Makuahine = Mother.

If Blueberry is mo’ yo style — why not phenohunt through our DJ Short Blueberry x Duckfoot?

Adding the potency & prolific yield of Hawaiian Duckfoot to DJ Short Blueberry truly is a bluebird of a different feather.

Hawaiian Indica plants are known to be some of the highest yielding landrace Indica plants on Planet Pakalōlō.

If it is landrace Indica you are into — don’t miss out on our Afghan x Duckfoot limited edition release.

Both strains are acclimated to our unique tropical microclimate, though our Hawaiian Duckfoot cultivated here in Hawai’i since the 1700’s has significantly higher yield & less issues with environmental hazards than the Afghan grown here since the 1970’s.

Now that the two hearty, hashy landrace Indica strains have been blended together to create a match made in paradise — we are going to need a light to spark this phatty boom batty…

Get your duckphenohunt on until you find the phenotype you are searching for — then once you have found her — back cross her Keiki = Offspring until you have isolated your desired pheno!

Name her, tame her & set flame to her!!

While breeding Pakalōlō is not rocket science — it is botany & can get you just as high as a rocketship.

Mahalo = Thank you for getting high with us as we explore dakine:

Art of da Phenohunt

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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