Welcome to ConsciousMaui.com

Aloha,

Thank you for checking out our website.  ConsciousMaui.com was created out of the desire to share all the wonderful ways our local businesses help support Maui in sustainability.

Living on an island there is a need to be conscious of how we are living.  From how we treat the land and water to how we treat ourselves and other people, there are choices that support living in a sustainable way.

Our intention is to support you, our local conscious businesses and be a platform for sustainability on Maui.

We hope that you find options for activities, events, products and services that will fulfill on every level.  Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you can impact Maui by making sustainable choices.

We hope you enjoy our site!

Mahalo,

Your Conscious Maui Team

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Maui Together While Staying Apart- Covid 19

Aloha,

Maui (and the world) is in the midst of an unprecedented time.

I am heartened to see the kindness and Aloha expressed by our community.   It’s amazing that we can still come together while staying apart.  I am so grateful for all those who are able to support our community during these shifting times.   I also appreciate our leaders making choices that value the residents of Maui; choosing life over commerce.

We hope you and your family and friends  are safe and well.

Maui, we will see you on the other side.

Sending you much love,

Hoku and the Team at ConsciousMaui.com

 

 

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Makaʻiwa Keiki- Learning ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi

Maka’iwa Keiki is an engaging animated series of stories that strives to promote ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi and Polynesian Culture through Educational Entertainment for Keiki (children) of all ages.  This fun and delightful animation will have you singing along in no time learning the basics of the Hawaiian language.

Native Hawaiian artist from Kaua’i Chad Martin and his wife Lisa Chaly teamed up to create this wonderful family friendly animated series. Martin, a graphic designer by trade, uses his passion for Hawaiian history and culture to fuel his creative designs. Chaly, an artist, writer and singer added her talents by singing and creating songs for the series. They were inspired to create the series after initially looking for entertainment and education for their small child and found no Hawaiian language material. So they decided to create it.

“Our mission is to promote Hawaiian and Polynesian culture through educational entertainment for children of all ages. We continuously work to create engaging content that teaches ‘Olelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language) in a playful and inspiring way to for everyone, especially keiki.”

This series creates an easy and fun way to learn Basic Hawaiian language that is appropriate for young children but also engaging for adults. Knowing the importance of children seeing images reflective of themselves and their culture, the addition of this Hawaiian educational series brings greater acknowledgment of personal identity for young children in Hawaii.

Martin has also created a coloring book that goes over basic terms and pronunciations of numbers and commonly used words. This is a wonderful tool for learning Hawaiian language and recognition of the culture in media.

Please enjoy a sample of the videos available on Youtube listed below.

Please check out their YouTube channel at Maka’iwa Keiki.

Learn more about Maka’iwa Keiki on their website: makaiwa.org/makaiwakeiki

Purchase Makaʻiwa Keiki coloring book Here

 

 

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Celebrate Uncle Willie K

World renown musician Uncle Willie K recently revealed that the cancer he had been publicly fighting has become terminal.  Even during this challenging time Willie has committed to ‘keep on rocking’.  We share with you these few videos showing a little about his life and his musical excellence.

Born Willie Kahaialiʻi in Lahaina Maui, Willie has become a preeminent musician well versed in  many musical styles including traditional Hawaiian, rock, blues and even opera.  Willie is well known on Maui for his many stellar performances including his annual blues fest and his many collaborations with rock stars like Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood to name a few.

We encourage you to check out his performance dates on his website here: https://williek.com/show-dates/

You can also listen to more music by Willie K on his website here: https://williek.com/music/

We hope that you enjoy the music of this living legend.

Mahalo Uncle Willie K, we love, honor and appreciate you!

Willie K website- https://williek.com/

 

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11 Easy Ways to Have More Fulfillment in Your Life

Many of us our looking for ways to empower our lives and have more joy. Here are some easy ways to have greater fulfillment in your life.

1. Give yourself permission to say “No”.
If you have too much on your plate or just don’t want to, say “No”.  If we would all stop saying yes to things we think we are supposed to do and just said yes to what feels better, the world would be a happier place.

2. Imagine the day you would like to have.
Professional athletes are trained to visualize winning a game or making a shot. Why not visualize a successful meeting, a joyful flow to your day or a fun filled happy day?  Once you can see it in your mind and feel it, you can align with it in your day.

3. Notice when you’re overwhelmed.
When you have too much going on is the perfect time to stop and give yourself a break. Five minutes, 10 minutes or 15 minutes of self focus when you’re overwhelmed can help bring you into greater peace so you can approach anything you have to do from a calmer space. You may just stop and breathe. Or go outside and put your face in the sunshine or you’re feet in the grass. Bring yourself into the now, point yourself in the direction you want to go and move from there.

4. Honor your own knowing.
If something doesn’t feel right or aligned don’t override yourself and just deal with it. Acknowledge it and renegotiate what you are doing. There is always another way to handle something. Look for what would feel better to you in any situation.

5. Start with the solution, not the problem.
Most of us have been taught to face problems head on. Next time you have a challenge you need to overcome instead of trying to fix the problem, choose the outcome you desire instead and let the solution line up. If it doesn’t come for you right away, surrender it knowing the solution will reveal itself to you.

6. Leave your past behind.
Let each day be new, each interaction be fresh. Maybe things didn’t go exactly how you wanted it to go but today is a new day; as long as you treat it that way. Yesterdays flubs can turn into today’s inspirations. Let this day be new, not a recreation of yesterday.

7. Ask for help.
We all need support in our lives. Whether its asking a neighbor to help with your yard or a friend you would like to discuss an issue with, ask for help. Our lives are improved by connection. When we work cooperatively with others our lives are enhanced.

8. Know what is important to you.
If you haven’t done a personal inventory of your life recently, now might be the time. Sometimes we give our time and energy to things either we are no longer inspired to do or no longer want to prioritize. Realign your time and energy outputs to align with your priorities.

9. Do something new.
Whether it’s taking a class about something you’re interested in or volunteering for a cause you care about, doing something new will expand your horizons. Trying new things helps you find what you like (or don’t like) and helps you know yourself better.

10. Choose what you want. 
It doesn’t matter if they are big desires or little ones, ask yourself what you want or want more of now. Make a list, a vision board or just imagine in your head all of the things that you desire. Not just what you think you can have but what would truly desire. Many people do not choose what they want because they think they will have to figure it out and make it happen. This is not that. This is about choosing anything you want from your hearts desire and allowing yourself to feel the fulfillment of it.

11. Make a list of fun things to do.
We all get into bad feeling spaces from time to time.  Make yourself a ‘Joy List’.  This can be a running list of ‘go-to’ joyful experiences for those times when you need a lift.  It can be as simple as playing with your dog or a walk in nature.  Just notice when you are feeling really good and add those experiences to your list.

We hope that you will have greater fulfillment and ease by trying some of these simple steps.

 

Want to find other Alternative Health & Wellness practitioners?  Click Here

Want to volunteer?  check out our Opportunities to Volunteer Here

Want to try something new?  Check out our event calendar Here

 

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20/20 Hindsight / 2020 Vision

As we settle into the new year—2020 (a number that sounds a lot like science fiction to me (the older you are, the more you can relate), I can’t help but ponder the other use of the term 2020—representing visual acuity.

At this turning point, we have the opportunity to use our 20/20 hindsight to look backwards on our life’s journey with greater clarity and awareness than when we went through the process the first time through. Why would we want to reconsider what has already happened? In my observation, our ego-mind tends to label things as “good or bad” when they are happening. However, at that point in time, we don’t have all the information that we need to really make a clear assessment of the situation. Often, what we think is “bad” may not be as bad as we thought, and what we label “good” may have other elements, as well. In fact, many of the events of our lives tend to neutralize with time and perspective.

The late Wayne Dyer titled his last book “I Can See Clearly Now” and explained that looking back on his life from the vantage point of his seventies, he could see clearly now why every thing happened the way it did—the good and the difficult.

So I invite you to explore your 20/20 hindsight, and ponder those major events of life that caused you to form beliefs, assessments and attitudes. Then, see what happens if you reframe your beliefs as hypotheses instead of the truth. Changing a belief into a hypothesis allows you to open the door to consider other possible hypotheses. What else could be an explanation? What else could be the truth?

I would venture to bet that as you do this, you will start to see how many assumptions you have made, and how inaccurate many of them have been. I would also venture to guess that forming your beliefs around inaccurate assumptions has caused you pain and potential disharmony with others. Taking the time now to reframe your perspective, consider other possibilities, and form new beliefs (or better yet, new hypotheses) based on a broader viewpoint may set you (and those you are in relationship with) free from pain. You may find yourself in forgiveness, compassion and even gratitude.
A simple example of this is when we text someone and they don’t respond. Without any additional information, we tend to try to make sense of why they didn’t text us back. That is when we make up stories that often go quite askew. “He is ignoring me.” “She is with someone else.” “I’m not important to him.” etc. etc. With new information we may discover that the other person’s battery died, or they were in a meeting, or driving, or waiting to discuss the matter in person. Reacting and responding from the misguided perception can cause a lot of problems. If we take the time to look at this in retrospect, we stand the chance of learning how to avoid doing this in the present moment—and in the future.

What beliefs have you held that caused you pain?

Do you know they are actually true? Is there another belief or explanation possible?

In retrospect, is there anyone you want to forgive or ask forgiveness of?

Is there another way to view things when they happen that will set you free more quickly?

My motto (in progress) for the last few years is to “Trust Faster.” My logic is that I would rather “see clearly” the rhyme, reason and blessing right away instead of having to wait until my seventies to understand. By putting this concept to practice in the moment with things that I think are “bad,” I’m given the freedom to move more quickly into understanding—and greater freedom from suffering.

At this turning of the year, and the decade for that matter, we also have the beautiful opportunity to apply our 20/20 hindsight toward the future to develop our 20/20 vision, metaphorically speaking. To some extent, this is the ability to realize that events are not what make us happy or miserable, but rather it is the way we respond to those events that lead to those results. When we truly realize that, and choose to respond differently, we create a different experience.
20/20 vision is also an opportunity to look forward, envision the life we want to create and make steps in that direction.

What do you want your life to hold?

What are you here (in this life) to practice/master? (It is doubtful your soul incarnated to practice impatience, judgment, anger, jealousy, self-doubt—so mindfully choose instead what you ARE here to practice)

I encourage you to determine what you are aiming for (happiness, health, loving relationships, financial security, spiritual awareness) and assess every thought, belief, word and action to see if it is moving in the direction of your intended target, or leading the opposite way. Then a deep breath and the choice to realign will allow you to more powerfully be a co-creator of your vision—your life.

Written by Eve Hogan- Author, Speaker, Educator

Learn more about Eve Hogan Here

Check out Eve’s other businesses-

Heart Path Journeys– Sacred Maui retreats; personalized private customized retreats

The Sacred Garden– Public non profit garden: A nursery, a peace sanctuary, a retreat center, a botanical garden, a school, a creativity center, and a temple!

Intuitive Maui–  Magical Maui is home of some of the world’s most gifted psychic intuitives and healers.

Check out the monthly full moon labyrinth walk schedule for 2020 Here

or go to our monthly event calendar Here

Eve Hogan

Heart Path Journeys

The Sacred Garden

Intuitive Maui

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Happy Holidays!

We wish for you and your ohana a wonderful holiday season and much joy and peace for the coming new year!
From the Team at Conscious Maui

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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Avocado, Pea (pay-ah)

E Komo Mai! Welcome to Conscious Maui’s final Fruit of the Month Blog of 2019, Hold on to your Sarong we are going to talk story about the Avocado! You know this one!  Hopefully, we will share some new information on ways to eat Avos, when to pick them, and how to grow them (P.S. they grow themselves here). There is even an amazing recipe for healthy chocolate mousse made with Avocado!

Last month we share some good details about choosing Guava safely.  If you missed last months featured fruit of the month be sure to check out last month’s post about Guava.

What is Avocado:
This month we shine the light on Avocado. Pea (pay-ah) in Hawaiian. There are many varieties of avocado, with a wide range in size, shape and color, yet somehow easily identified. An avo can be as small as a few ounces in size or it can weigh in at up to 3 lbs. They can be light green to blackish green and everything in between. Some avocados are shaped like a pear and some round like a ball. But consistently avos are nutritious.

Where to get Avocado:
Everywhere, avocado are readily available fresh or packaged. On Maui the grocery stores will almost always have avocados waiting for you, but they may have been unsustainably shipped here from other countries or the mainland over 2,000 miles away. Requesting local grown avocado, and other produce, helps to lessen the carbon footprint while supporting a local farmer and ensuring the freshest quality produce for you and your family.

Avocado is available frequently at the farmer’s market or roadside fruit stand. Get some from a friend or be the friend that shares the avo.

When to Harvest Avocado:
Frequently, different varieties of avocado are harvested at different times of the year here on Maui. There will be sometimes when it seems to be raining avocado, especially if you have a tree in your yard. If you can eat it all, Great! If not…SHARE. If you do not have a tree in your yard all that needs to be done to grow an avocado tree here on Maui, especially on the rainy parts of the island, is to place an avo seed outside in a place you would like a tree. If you have avocado seeds in your compost pile they will grow into a tree there whether you want them to or not.  There is no need to poke toothpicks in the seed to be able to soak half on the seed in water.  Plants want to live and thrive, just put the pit somewhere you would like a tree. And then smile because you have done a good thing!

How to eat Avocado:
Cut in Half, remove large seed and plant it. Cut a tic tac toe into the yellow-green flesh of the fruit then scoop it out as cubes. You can also peel the skin away.  Avo is great in salads, mix it with salsa to make instant guacamole, or eat it plain.  The seeds hold so much live energy they blend easily into smoothies. There is a chocolate avo mousse recipe down below too.  Great plain, or add some lemon and salt. There really is no wrong way to enjoy avocado!

Why Avocado is so healthy:
Avocado is an Incredibly Nutritious low carbohydrate fruit, packed with good fats, and contains nearly 20 vitamins and minerals – Vitamin C, E, K and B-6, Riboflavin, Niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and potassium. This cholesterol free fruit  is virtually the only  fruit containing the good fat, the heart-healthy, Monounsaturated Fat. The majority of the calories come from GOOD FAT, so eat up.  Avocados provide Lutein, Beta carotene and omega-3 fatty acids too. Any they come to you in a perfect compostable wrapper, that can be peeled off or used as a little bowl to use to eat your avo!

And did you know,  Avocado can even be turned into Chocolate pudding? Now you do! Here’s a recipe:

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Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute- Saving Honu

The Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute shares with us an uplifting story of saving an injured honu.

This past Saturday, December 7th, MOC Marine Institute’s Sea Turtle Rescue Team released Pualani, a juvenile honu named in recognition of our partners at Hawaiian Airlines.

Pualani was rescued in late November when the young turtle was found entangled in fishing line. The line was wrapped around the turtle’s neck, right front flipper, and its right hind flipper. Unfortunately, the line was deeply embedded in the front flipper resulting in severe damage and requiring surgery by our partners at NOAA Fisheries in Honolulu.

With the help of Hawaiian Air Cargo, we were able to ship Pualani to Honolulu quickly for surgery; however, due to the severity of the injury, Pualani’s flipper required amputation. The veterinary team at NOAA performed the successful surgery and in just a few weeks, Pualani was cleared for release and flown back to Maui.

Pualani has the tag ‘MA02’ on the side of her shell for identification. If you happen to come across her while snorkeling, please let us know by calling 808.286.2549 or by email at info@mocmarineinstitute.org.

All MOC Marine Institute sea turtle stranding response & rescue activities authorized under NOAA Permit: 21260.

If you are interested in supporting the activities of the MOC Marine Institute please feel free to donate or consider adopting a a sea turtle.  Each adoption certificate is unique and will share the story of a sea turtle that your donation helped rescue.  Sea Turtle Adoption Packages are $30 or $50 (pictured here) make a wonderful gift that keeps giving.  You can also volunteer your time to help support this worthy cause.

All MOC Marine Institute stranding response and rescue activities authorized under NOAA Permit: 21260.

Please watch the video of MOCMI returning injured juvenile green sea turtle to the ocean.

 

Make MOCMI Donations- Here

Purchase a sea turtle adoption package- Here

Volunteer for MOCMI- Here

Together, we can make a difference!  When you make a donation to MOC Marine Institute, you can ensure that every dollar is working towards advancing our mission of inspiring lifelong environmental stewardship, and ensuring the survival of coral reefs and sea turtles in Hawaiʻi.

Find other local non profits to volunteer or donate to Here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We at ConsciousMaui.com are so grateful for our conscious community!  We have enjoyed the time we have had being with you and we thank all who have supported our community in sustainable ways.  We appreciate those businesses and people in our community doing good here on Maui.  We have loved being able to share about sustainability and supporting our island home!

We hope that you and your ohana are healthy and happy this day and through the year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mahalo,

The team from ConsciousMaui.com

 

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Beach Cleanup App- Connecting Made Easier

When it comes to protecting and conserving our environment there are so many aspects that need to be attended to every day.  One of the ways we encourage people to get involved is by volunteering their time; and one of the fun ways to help save the environment here in Hawaii is by volunteering for a beach cleanup.  Because we have so many beaches throughout Hawaii we regularly put them on our events calendar.  Now it’s even easier to find a beach cleanup wherever you are by using a the new CleanMyBeach App.

A teen from Oahu has contributed to our community (and the world) by making this App that allows beach cleanups to be easier and more accessible.  Arjun Sharma, a high school junior, was inspired to create the app after seeing the effects of human pollution on the world and oceans.  “I have traveled to many countries and seen first hand the large amounts of trash produced by mankind everyday around the world, a great percentage of which is plastic that ends up in the ocean over time. Living in Hawaii grew in me my passion for ocean conservation. After participating in a few beach cleanups organized by the local aquarium and other organizations, I realized that there was no good way of addressing the problem at it’s source in the local community.”, Sharma explains.

It is estimated there has been 6.95 Billion tons of plastic produced worldwide.  Only 9% has been recycled and 12% incinerated (also causing potential environmental harm).  Which leave 79% ( over 5 billion tons) to go into landfills or in our natural environment.  We have talked about this in previous posts but just as a reminder; it can take up to 150 years to breakdown a plastic water bottle.  Many people don’t realize that if you do not recycle, it goes into our landfill here on Maui.

“That’s why I decided to tackle the issue by creating CleanMyBeach, an app that aggregates beach cleanups created by people across the world through visual integration with Google Maps. My hope is that the app can raise awareness about plastics and pollution in local communities, while simultaneously being effective on a global scale.”, shares Sharma.  “CleanMyBeach allows individuals and organizations alike around the world to interact with members of their local communities through public beach cleanups, increasing the scope and influence of any beach cleanups that are completed through visual integration with Google Maps. Social media integration has already been implemented in the app, allowing friends to be invited to increase the app’s impact. In the future, users will also be able to connect with platforms such as Facebook and Google to increase the ease of signing into the app. CleanMyBeach also has an educational aspect through its promotion of cleanliness, recycling and facts about ocean pollution and what can be done about it, in addition to increasing awareness on the detrimental effects of pollution on aquatic life. CleanMyBeach help in making beaches and oceans around the world cleaner, one plastic bag at a time.”, states Sharma on his website.

“CleanMyBeach serves to benefit a wide variety of people and organizations through its beach cleanups. Aside from the practical benefits of beach cleanups for the environment, ocean cleanliness, and marine animal health; beach cleanups can be a powerful tool for a community, by uniting members over a shared goal of improving the environment and their own land.”, expresses Sharma.  We agree that volunteering for beach cleanups have multiple beneficial effects; protecting our environment, connecting with one another and creating community.  In particular, Sharma hopes students will get involved.  “CleanMyBeach encourages students to volunteer their time towards playing an active role in cleanups, which are both socially and environmentally beneficial, in addition to promoting time in nature and away from electronics. Increased awareness is an additional benefit of CleanMyBeach, providing students with more knowledge on ocean pollution and how it affects aquatic life, would be one of the most compelling reasons for schools to endorse and promote the app, hopefully changing their perspective on the significance of their actions.”, says Sharma.

There is also a greater opportunity with non profit organizations to utilize this as a tool for coordinating cleanup efforts.  Sharma encourages any organizations that regularly hold beach cleanups to contact him directly to talk about partnering opportunities and discuss the impact that this application can have on your efforts.

Please support our environment by volunteering or hosting an event.  You can contact Arjun Sharma directly through his website-  https://cleanmyproject.wordpress.com/     or download the app here-  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmy.myapplication

We are grateful for individuals who bring their talents to creating solutions that help us support and protect our environment.  It is wonderful that we have young people, like Arjun, contribute and make a great impact.  If we all do a little, we can do a lot!

To find out more about protecting Maui’s environment click Here

To find a beach cleanup on ConsciousMaui.com events calendar click Here

To find out more places to volunteer on Maui click Here

Please check out this short video about the CleanMyBeach App

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