Maui Wowie Strain Review

The Maui Wowie is a syndicated and highly sought after strain that originates in Hawaii, making it a unique plant to the Us and its Island states.

Being sativa dominant but low in THC content this can be a desirable smoke for smokers who enjoy and uplifting high that can both promote creativity and thoughtfulness while also creating euphoria and alleviating social anxiety as well as depression.

Maui Wowie Strain Review

The Maui Wowie was once indigenous to the island states of Hawaii and has a fun history and origin embedded in both Hawaiian and hippie cultures, and is ultimately a great story of how marijuana can bring people together in unlikely and potentially hostile situations in the name of recreation and horticulture.

We haven listed a strain review and profile of the Maui Wowie strain so that you know what you are getting into when you buy and smoke this pacific plant.

Strain History


This is a sativa dominant plant, but won’t blow you out the water with its THC content.

The genetics of Maui Wowie can be hard to get specific about. The Maui Wowie strain basically refers to the modern genetic clones of the Hawaiian sativa strain that is popular across the various islands of Hawaii.

It is likely that Maui Wowie is a cross with at least one other strain but it can be hard to narrow down what this could be, likely another sativa strain that was indeginous to the Hawaiian Islands.

This is a reminder to always keep logs of your grows so that this isn’t a problem for future growers.

Maui Wowie is a popular choice to splice and propagate other plants with, to create some other loved strains such as Tropic Thunder and Maui Pineapple Chunk.


Maui Wowie, as its name suggests, was made on the island of Maui in Hawaii’s volcanic and pacific climate, perfect for growing bud!

The story of Maui Wowie is from the summer of peace and love in the 60s, where sea sun and sand came together to form one of the most notorious strains in history.

The native Hawaiians of Maui had only recently been overthrown by their local government and forced to abandon their aboriginie ways for the good of the islands, so the huge influx of hippies that moved to Maui at the time were not particularly welcome.

So, in order to melt the ice, the hippies threw a party on a beach in Lower Nahiku. As you can imagine, the strong smell of american weed attracted the native people who came with what they call ‘Pakalolo’.

‘Pakalolo’ translates to ‘crazy tobacco’ and is slang for weed in the Hawaiian language.

Soon the Americans and Hawaiians started trading different strains, and the Americans received what was known then as ‘Nahiku Maui’.

The Americans loved this strain, and apparently all the Americans could say was ‘Wowie!’ when they tried it, after that night the native people and the hippies swa eye to eye.

When the Hawaiians passed the hippies they now greeted them with a shaka and a ‘Maui wowie!’.

Soon after these Pakalolo seeds started appearing in American, as traded with the natives, and the strain was popularised in America as Maui Wowie, and had this tale of peace attached to it which struck a chord with hippies across the world.

Since then Maui Wowie has been mentioned in Cheech and Chong, and is the secret ingredient in the famous Pineapple Express movie.

The holywood status of the strain certainly helped it back into popularity in the eighties and nineties, as in modern day the strain has gone out of favour a little as its genetics has changed and other strains get stronger and more optimally bred.

Strain Appearance

Like your classic sativa, the Maui Wowie strain is a quite vibrant green clustered with the amber hairs that are also typical of well-grown sativa plants.

The bud should be teeming with trichomes of THC goodness, so expect some sticky icky smelly green buds from this plant.

Strain Flavor

Unsurprisingly, the Maui Wowie strain is often described as having tropical flavours.

The pacific, volcanic soil that brought us Maui Wowie has endowed the bud with pineapple and citrus flavours that provide a pretty sweet and satisfying smoke.

Strain Aroma

Again, expect to be dipping your nose into a pina colada because the Maui Wowie strain has that typical island and tropical scent too. The terpenes that are common in lemongrass and thyme provide an earthy and aromatic smell.

Strain Cannabinoids

Maui Wowie is a sativa dominant strain that is around 80% Sativa and 20% Indica, although the THC content is on the lower side ranging between 13-19% THC which can be desirable to the functioning stoner.

Strain Terpenes

The most abundant terpene present in Maui Wowie is myrcene, followed by pinene and caryophyllene.

Myrcene is also present in lemongrass and thyme and gives the Maui Wowie, its piney but citrusy scent and flavor from the herbal terpene.

This can be desirable for many smokers, as while Maui Wowie is pretty Sativa dominant, having the Myrcene terpene remain the most dominant means that the potential sativa anxiety is nicely cushioned by this calming terpene. Myrcene is usually most dominant in kush (indica) plants.

Side Effects

As with almost all weed, most of the commonly reported side effects include dry mouth, cry eyes, dizziness, paranoia and anxiety. Expect the common side effects that come with inhaling smoke, too.

As Maui Wowie is a sativa dominant strain it will get your mind going, rather than the kushy body high you get from indica dominant strains. This has the potential risk of making you anxious or over think something that could already be on your mind prior to smoking.

As we mentioned, the myrcene can help balance this out, but if you’re a naturally anxious person, or something is on your mind, maybe pick another strain.

However, the THC content in Maui Wowie isn’t that high, in comparison to other strains, so side effects may only be triggered when consuming high doses.

Medical Benefits

Sativas are always recommended to those who want to feel euphoria and have an uplift to their mood, so it can be desirable to those who suffer from depression. And thsoe who are prone to stress.

While not necessarily medical, the Sativa balance in Maui Wowie is said to make you much more talkative and happy to be involved in social situations, which can be desirable to those with social anxiety issues who want to loosen up.

Moreover, the high is said to prompt a lot of creative and thoughtful ideas which can always be a good way to reduce stress on the body.

Strain Review

Maui Wowie is a pretty syndicated strain of weed at this point and its praises have been sung from the Hana Highway to Route 66. If it’s good enough for Cheech and Chong it’ll be good enough for us!

The sativa high you get from the Maui Wowie is described to be one of the most desirable highs in the sativa market. As described, while the bud is sativa dominant, which can throw some anxiety sufferers off, it remains relatively low on the THC content.

A low THC content means you can have a much more relaxed smoke without the fear of accidentally overdosing yourself and not getting off the couch.

Many actually describe the high as motivating and energy inducing, some smokers reporting that cleaning their house became the most interesting and fulfilling task that day.

One review of Maui Wowie reads: ‘Taste: Maui, Feeling: Wowie’ and we couldn’t agree more.

Strain Grow information


The seeds you get from the Maui Wowie plant will be from the strains that were once indiginous to Hawaii, although they will be slightly different now due to genetics changing with mass horticulture of marijuana plants in the US.

These seeds are the closest thing to Pakalolo

Flowering Time

These seeds will have aclimitsied to the Hawaii’s volcanic soils so enjoys soil with high perlite percentages. Expect the flowering to start between 9 – 11 weeks.

Again, acclimatization means that the plant is pretty hardy to high humidity and rain.

Most sativa plants can take a while to stop flowering so when the buds start to bloom expect this period to stretch out longer than you expect, so you can reap the most yield from your plants.

To grow inside make sure your keep it between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit if you want success, this plant will usually grow outdoors so keep that in mind.

Strain Yield

As sativa plants generally have an elongated flowering time, you can expect a moderate to high yield.

The common return is reported around 14 ounces per square meter indoors and 16 ounces per plant when grown outside. Most outdoor growers can expect the plant to be ready for harvest around October, and potentially earlier.

This plant is most suited to outdoor grows in hot and humid environments due to the plant’s history.

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