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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A Therapeutic Way to a Wonderfully Scented Home

Our brains associate smells with memories. We can be attracted to smells or repulsed by them and it may have little to do with the actual scent and everything to do with the memory tied to the scent. My favorite flower is the plumeria because each time I smell one I am taken back to 1997, when I was first introduced to Maui.

Many stores and restaurants can attribute a successful business to offering up an irresistible scent to lure us in. Like a bee to a flower I have a hard time walking past a coffee shop without stopping for an impulsive unscheduled cup of joe. I can hardly drive by Maui Coffee Roasters without stopping.

There are many artificial scents on the market that come in many shapes and forms. I used to love Yankee Candle wax melts. I took great pride in my collection. I was often getting compliments on the way my home smelled. But I was getting headaches, at that time it may or may not have been the way my home smelled that was making feel bad. But when I switched from Yankee Candle to essential oils, at the suggestion on a good friend, the headaches stopped.

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Composting Saves the Day!

Fruits and vegetables are only as good as the soil in which they grow. Back in the old days the soil contained more minerals and nutrients. Plants don’t create their own nutrients, they take it from the soil. Eventually the soil runs low of nutrients, that is why it is so important to put organic nutrients back into the soil. Composting is especially beneficial when farming on land that is repeatedly being used to grow food crops.

Most households generate a generous amount of compost every day. The kitchen produces an abundance of Coffee Grounds, Tea grounds, Egg Shells, Banana Peels, and many other fruit and veggie scraps. When deciding to compost you can make it as complicated or as simple as you want. For the sake of this blog I will share three the simplest ways that I know.

1. Dig a hole and throw it in. Either cover the hole with dirt or an upside down trash can to keep critters and pets out of it.

2. Start a pile. The beginning of the pile can be grass clippings, small sticks and twigs and then garden waste. If you want to make better but more complicated compost, add some dirt from the yard to the pile. This way is likely to attract rats so this away from your home. In the spirit of being a good neighbor, this is not an option unless you live on a couple of acres.

3. Make a large compost basket. This can be done by building a frame on top of a pallet. and wrapping the frame with a wire mesh. Chicken wire works and is a more affordable option as opposed to a hardware cloth.

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The Ultimate Answers to Planning a Maui Vacation

Over the years people wanting to visit Hawaii have come to me to get their questions answered. This blog post covers the most frequently asked questions. These are obviously not all of the choices.

Every possible scenario can not be covered in a single blog post. There are many variables to consider. For example, you may want to stay in a yurt in the jungle, if so let’s be friends! haha.

You may want to stay for a week or 6 months. You could be coming from the mainland US or from a land farther away.

Do you want to surf, bike, hike or stay at the hotel pool and thaw out or cool off?

You may want luxury or a more affordable vacay.  I just went down the middle of the road with parts of this blog. I hope you enjoy it.

WHEN IS THE WEATHER THE BEST?
Maui gets the least rain summer, unless you are looking rain and then Winter is better. More rain means more rainbows and more spectacular waterfalls. It never gets too hot or too cold. However, when exploring the summit of Haleakalā at 10,023 feet above sea level, it is varying degrees of cold depending on the time of the year and time of day. Dress warm. This winter 2019 Haleakala got lots of snow.

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Sun, Wind, Surf and Safety on Maui

Aloha,

Being aware of our surroundings is a necessity for life. We want you to experience the best Maui has to offer. We also want you to have positive memories that will last a lifetime.

Maui is not a theme park, you must be conscious to the fact that the marine animals you will likely encounter are WILD. Many of our paths and trails are also wild in nature. With common sense and a healthy respect for nature you are entirely safe. You will want to be aware of the power of the sun, the wind and the waves in particular.

SUN – To ensure comfort while visiting Maui, take good care of your skin. Avoid getting a sunburn. A sunburn at the beginning of the trip will make for a bad time. Wear hats, sunglasses, protective clothing, and reef safe sunscreen. You know your skin better than anyone. Besides, you don’t want to end up looking like Sebastian, you know, the little crab guy from The Little Mermaid? So cover up!

WIND – Be aware of the wind especially on the water, the wind can quickly blow you in a direction you may not want to go, into rocks or out to sea. The trade winds are the most common wind on Maui, almost everyday around 11:30 am they start blowing. If you want to go to the beach on the North shore go early before the sand starts to fly. To find out more about the weather on Maui for the day check out ConsciousMaui.com ‘s daily weather report. For an explanation of How to Read the Surf and Weather Report click here.

WAVES – The waves keep coming even when tiny humans have had enough. Be smart when choosing a beach for swimming. If you have questions ask the lifeguard, that is why they are there. While you may not be safe swimming at one beach there is likely a beach down the road with great swimming conditions. The lifeguard can recommend a better option for you based on the surf conditions on that specific day.

Thank you for checking out our website.  ConsciousMaui.com was created out of the desire to share all the wonderful ways to support Maui in sustainability. Please visit us on facebook and tell your friends about ConsciousMaui.com.

Mahalo

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Does the Smallest Snake Species on Earth Live on Maui?

Yesterday we covered the news story about the boa constrictor that was recently found on Oahu.  Many people say there are no snakes in Hawaii and I don’t mean to split hairs but technically there are, and there have been for some time. I know this to be true because I have personally encountered them.  Also, the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) considers them harmless.  “Brahminy blind snakes do not pose a great threat to our islands but if you ever come across any other type of snake, call 911 immediately.” says a MISC newsletter.

One day while gardening in Haiku a few years ago, I came across a tiny creature that I was told did not exist in Hawaii, a snake! The tiny snake I found is called the Brahminy Blind snake (Indotyphlops braminus). At a quick glance it looks much like an earthworm and it is found in the same kind of places that earthworms like to live.  But, if you look really close at this tiny animal you can see that it has a little tongue that flicks out to taste the air. It also has teeny tiny little scales. Sometimes silvery grey or lavender in color this little snake is quite harmless unless of course you are an ant or termite… and then you are food.

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Snake Found on Oahu

Interestingly, I was planning on doing a story this week about snakes that currently exist on Maui. But, not this kind. Then this morning, I saw a report by Maui Now that a Boa Constrictor was found by a farm-worker on Oahu along Kunia Road, last week.

I read some of the comments on the news report threads, that is sometimes where I find the interesting part of  the story. From reading these threads it was obvious that there are a few people in fear for the immediate safety of their children. Readers chimed in that this snake would grow to “30+ feet in length,” Yes, some Anacondas (a different kind of snake) do get close to 30 feet in length but this is not that.

To be clear, the snake is in custody at the Department of Agriculture.   It is illegal to own snakes or bring them to the Hawaiian islands.  Anyone doing so is subject to jail time and up to a $200,000 fine. Maui and all of the Hawaiian islands have a delicate ecosystems that need to be protected from all invasive species whether animal or plant.

My intention here is to prevent fear by sharing some knowledge from my personal experience. I realize there are many people that have lived on these islands their entire lives and may never seen a snake outside of a zoo, if they have ever seen one at all. I understand we as humans are often fearful of what we do not know. So please allow me to share some information that I have learned on my journey.

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Mahalo for your Kokua! ( koh-koo-ah)

From a very young age children in Hawaii are taught a very important concept called Kokua.

Kokua is the word the people of Hawaii use to describe the spirit of kindness accompanied by a desire to help one another, without expecting anything in return.

Showing consideration and kindness towards others in the community without expecting anything in return is part of what makes life on Maui so satisfying. This is Kokua.

Whether you were born here, transplanted here or just stopping by for a visit you are part of the Maui community.

To learn other Hawaiian words visit our blog titled Everyday Hawaiian Words and Phrases.

 

 

Here are 3 examples of ways to practice Kokua:

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Everyday Hawaiian Words and Phrases

Maui is a wonderful island to visit. It is exotic, tropical, and easy going. For people coming from Mainland USA, visiting the islands is an amazing opportunity to experience and learn about another culture without the confusion of learning another language or trying to make heads or tails of an entirely foreign alphabet. Many languages are spoken in Hawaii.

The two “official” languages, if we can call it that, are Hawaiian and English, we will also share a little bit of information on Pidgin, an unofficial, yet prevalent language. While you do not need to speak Hawaiian to enjoy your time here, becoming familiar with a few common Hawaiian words and phrases will only add to your understanding of the beautiful culture and way of life on Hawaii.

In the Hawaiian language a word may have several meanings or a single Hawaiian word could be used to convey a complex feeling or emotion depending on the surrounding context. Understanding a few Hawaiian words will make your time in the islands more enjoyable.

The Hawaiian alphabet, aka piapa, has 12 letters.
Five Vowels (A,E,I,O U) and Seven Consonants (H,K,L,M,N,P W).
The ‘Okina (‘) can be counted as the 13th letter, it marks a sound break, sounds like the break in airflow when in English saying uh-oh.

a sounds like ah as in aloha
e sounds like ay or eh as in say
i sounds like ee as in bee
o sounds like oh as in open
u sounds like oo as in boo.

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ConsciousMaui.com Surf and Weather Forecast Explained

Aloha!

ConsciousMaui.com posts a Surf and Weather Forecast everyday on Twitter , Facebook and on our Maui Surf & Weather page.

Our compact forecast takes a no-nonsense approach and is packed with all the important information you need – whether you are new or seasoned pro in the sport of surfing, windsurfing or kite-boarding or if you simply want to know if it is a good day to go swimming, snorkeling, SUP’ing etc.

Here is a short explanation post for those new to surf, wind and water sport forecasts. We promise – it’s super easy and your friends will be impressed when you speak “Surf Forecast” : )

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Twitter Handle:
That’s our “username” on Twitter. It is also part of our Twitter URL. “https://twitter.com/ConsciousMaui“.

You can use our Twitter handle if you want to include us in a post of your own. For example: “Loving Maui. Getting some Organic Food before going to the Beach. Thank you @ConsciousMaui for telling me where to go”

Forecast Area:
Maui beaches are referenced and named by the direction they are facing. North Shore, South Shore, West Side (nobody calls it West Shore for some reason) and East Side (often referred to simply as “Hana Side”). You will also hear “Upcountry” obviously not relevant to a surf report : )

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Why Many Maui Residents Work So Many Jobs

The following post is an opinion written by me Erika Hampton. It may not reflect those of ConsciousMaui.com or its affiliates.

Often I am asked why people on Maui work so many jobs. It is common in my experience on the island to have one person hold down 3 jobs. For example, one might be working a retail job during a couple of days during the week, while waiting tables at a restaurant on the weekend and preparing live orchids for retailers a couple of mornings a week. Once a person has attempted to become part of the workforce on Maui, they will see that there are many employers hiring for only two days a week. A quick search on Craigslist and you will see this in black and white.

There is more than one reason to explain why so many residents work multiple jobs.

Reason number 1. Maui is expensive. Housing, Food, Clothing, Vehicle, Vehicle registration, fuel etc.

Reason number 2. Health Insurance, this takes more explanation so, fasten your seat-belts.

Why so much of a need for part time help?

Employers are required by the State of Hawaii to offer health insurance for their “regular” employees.  “Regular” employees are those that work more than 20 hours per week and may earn a monthly wage of 86.67 times the minimum wage. As of January 1, 2018 the minimum wage is $10.10 X 86.67 = $875.37 per month. The employee health insurance benefit goes into effect after the 4th consecutive, 20 hour work week. Under the HPHCA, Hawaii Paid Healthcare Act, an approved prepaid health insurance plan must be provided by an employer to a “regular” employee who worked more than 20 hours per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Health Insurance does not include Dental or Vision coverage plans (those are an extra, usually to the worker).

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    Here we offer consciously curated information to educate and inspire. Our conscious businesses submit articles, photos, videos and information. We also create pieces that will inform about Maui's current condition, future possibilities and how our island home is evolving in its sustainability.

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