Maui Invasive Species- Coqui Frog

Got coqui?  The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) needs our help.  Over the years Hawaii has been subject to many invasive species that have found there way to the islands and created disturbances in the ecological balance.  Coqui frogs are on of the latest animals on this list. 

The coqui frog has no natural predators and besides disrupting the natural eco-system by eating large quantities of bugs that alter habitats and pollination capabilities it has a loud disruptive mating call.  This “ko-kee” noise is a loud chirping that occurs at dark or on rainy overcast days.  One frog on it’s own can be annoying but add to it’s populations and it can be quite disturbing.

The coqui is usually less that one inch long.  The males are the ones with the loud ‘Ko-Kee’ call and the females are slightly larger than the males.  The lifespan of these frogs is usually around a year once they reach adulthood.  The females can reproduce between 4-6 time a year laying approximately 30 eggs at a time.  That means a single female can have up to 180 offspring a year.  This is why we need to keep this species in check.

If you hear a coqui on your property or near-by please report it to MISC.  They keep track of the spread of these little buggers and will bring a team in to help eradicate them if necessary.  But you can do your part too.  Coqui like to live in green waste.  By keeping plant debris like banana leaves and ti leaves cleared you will lessen the opportunity for them to populate your environment.

You can also help eradicate these invasive creatures by using a citric acid solution that is approved for use in Hawaii.  You can pick it up at MISC at 820 Piiholo Road in Makawao during regular business hours, phone #573-6471 .

Listen to the video to hear a single coqui frog and listen to the sound cloud recording to hear many frogs at one time.  After hearing these you will understand this is an issue that we want to manage before it gets more problematic.

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Maoli Tribute to Bruddah Iz

Although it’s been over 20 years since his passing, the power of Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole is still being felt.  Bruddah Iz, as he is affectionately known here in the islands, has laid down a template not only for musicianship but as an energetic demonstration for a whole generation of Hawaiians.

In the following video the members of Maoli (meaning ‘Native’ in Hawaiian), Glenn Awong and Kana Akiu-Corpuz, pay tribute to this legend of music and Hawaiian hero.  Please enjoy this heartfelt expression and beautiful performance of the song “Henehene Kou ‘Aka”.

Learn more about Maoli Here.

Listen to more music and purchase Maoli music here:

Please support more local Hawaiian artist by checking out our listings Here.

Check out our events calendar to enjoy live local Hawaiian music here:

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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Mountain Apple, Ohi’a ‘ai

Welcome to Conscious Maui’s fruit of the month blog for July 2019 – This month we are featuring the Mountain Apple, also known as Ohi’a ‘ai in Hawaiian. Last month we shined the spotlight on Lychee, the favorite of many! If you missed it, click here to learn more about the flowery fabulous lychee fruit!

Let’s get back to the Mountain Apple, shall we?

What is the Mountain Apple:
Mountain Apple aka Malay Apple in other parts of the pacific, the Hawaiian word for this abundant fruit is Ohi’a ‘ai. Colors of this fruit range from red to pink and have a shape that is similar to a petite pear. They have a nice lightly sweet delicate flavor and when bitten into the give a bit of a crunch. The seeds are not to be eaten and should be planted, with a little care they will sprout within a short time.

Where to get Mountain Apples:
When in season this fruit should be easy to find. The farmers market may have Mountain Apples, otherwise you or someone you know will have one of these beautiful trees in the yard. You may come across mountain apples in one of our road side honor bins. Since they are one of the more fragile fruits with their thinner than paper skins it is unlikely that a grocery store would have them. They don’t hold up to handling. If you like them, plant one in your garden right away. After all, planting a tree today offers hope for tomorrow!

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Moving Through Anger with Heart Path Journey’s Retreat Practitioners

Everyone has anger at some point or another.  It is actually an indicator that we care about something.  Please enjoy this short video brought to us by Heart Path Journey’s Eve Hogan and Larissa Joy.  They talk about how to move yourself into a better place when you feel anger.  Move yourself into a better state of being today!

Contact Heart Path Journey’s for your own customized personal retreat or find out when their next retreat is Here.

Contact Eve Hogan Here.

Contact Larissa Joy for individual sessions or programs Here.

Check out the Sacred Garden (background for video) Here.

We hope this video supported you.  Mahalo


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Protect the Ocean’s Reef by Using “Reef Safe Sunscreen”

What do you know about REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN?

The American Cancer Society has been telling us for decades that in order to protect ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays we must use sunscreen to prevent skin cancers such as melanoma. But what is sunscreen doing to our marine life?

As you may already know, the health and vitality of our marine life is all connected, in one way or another, to the health of the ocean’s reef. The tiny organisms that build the reef and live on/in the reef are extremely susceptible to stress. Stress can be as simple as touching the coral or as big as temperature changes.  Sunscreen pollution is a major stressor for the reef surrounding our beautiful island.

The two main ingredients used in many brands of sunscreen — oxybenzone and octinoxate — are known to harm and kill coral.  If we use these harmful chemicals to block out the sun while we are swimming or snorkeling the chemicals wash off our bodies and the result is sunscreen pollution. With more than 2.5 million people visiting Maui every year, the damaging effects of chemical sunscreens can really wreak havoc on our delicate marine ecosystem.

Beginning January 1, 2021 it will be illegal for people in Hawaii to sell or distribute the sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.  It is estimated from 6-14 thousand tons of sunscreen are washed into our oceans annually worldwide.  In one study they found 44 percent of West Maui’s coral was bleached due to stressors. Although there are more conditions that are affecting the health of our reefs, reef safe sunscreen is something we can address here and now.

What can you do to help?
When it comes to sunscreen only use the “REEF SAFE” kind. Don’t wait until it is legally mandated. Especially if you are going into the ocean!

Raw Love Sunscreen is a locally made sunscreen it is available in stores all over the island. It comes in a cute metal tin and makes a great souvenir or a gift for someone you love.

Otherwise find other sun protection products that contain mineral products like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Look at your local health food market to find some reef safe sunscreen options that are naturally derived.  A couple of mineral based brands offer a skin tone tinted product. Check out tinted sunscreen by Badger or Raw Elements.

To simplify the decision process:
1. Choose sunscreen with the “REEF SAFE” labeling.
2. Avoid marine-toxic chemicals, oxybenzone, octinoxate, butylparaben, retinyl palmitate, and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor.
3. Choose mineral-based, non-nano sunscreens, that do not absorb into the skin, zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

Protecting marine life is very important to the entire team. Hopefully you are already using REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN and if not I hope this blog helps you decide to make a change.

We appreciate you sharing this info with others. Feel free to share this article on social media. I hope you found value in this information. Please visit anytime you are looking for sustainable Maui businesses. If you have a sustainable Maui business you would like to promote please reach out to us today! We would love to support your sustainable choice!

Photos from Raw Love Sunscreen

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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Lychee

Welcome to Conscious Maui’s latest “Fruit of the Month” Blog.  In May this blog covered the Ice Cream Bean, if you missed it click here to go back. Continue reading to learn more about the exotic lychee, where to find them and what to do with them once you do! Lychee is a great conversation starter, so many people have never tried lychee, share a lychee with a friend this season.

What is Lychee:
Lychee aka Litchi is a small sweet tropical fruit native to southern China. This tree grows very well on the Hawaiian islands it just needs to be planted.

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Birding on Maui

Maui is one of the most remote locations on our planet.  And with our unique location we have many animal species unique to our islands.  For bird watchers, Maui offers a very special opportunity in the viewing of rare and endangered species.

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP)  offers amazing support and information about protecting our native species and habitat.  They provide information on native birds, their habitat and preservation.  They welcome bird and nature enthusiasts to volunteer to help with maintaining habititats including planting trees.  They also offer internships for committed individuals.

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project also shares wonderful resources for birding on Maui.  If you are adventurous and would like to go birding on your own, here is a map of some of the locations on Maui where one can see Hawaiian Honeycreepers. There are some additional areas not on this map, for instance along the Hāna Highway one can hear Hawai’i ‘Amakihi.

For those of you wanting a guided experience, Explore Maui Nature has the only bird watching tours guided by your own wildlife biologist.  They offer hiking adventures and can be customized for your interests.

You can also check out Sounds Hawaiian to hear the native call of Maui birds.  This website gives you audio recordings of the unique and rare birds found on Maui and other Hawaiian islands.

Whether you are a casual observer or a bird enthusiast, Maui has much to offer with her rare and beautiful birds.  Take a moment next time you are in nature to listen and look for these wonderful creatures.  You’ll be amazed by these beautiful birds!

Check out Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project fund raising event Here.

Check out opportunities to volunteer for Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Here.

Check out other opportunities to volunteer on Maui Here.

All photos courtesy of Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.  Mahalo

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Volunteering as a Remedy for Loneliness

When creating this website I knew I wanted to include a page to list Opportunities to Volunteer.  Supporting the land and water with community has always been an intention with this project.  I wanted to make it easy for people to find opportunities and be able to participate with our local non profits to support them.  What I didn’t realize was how important volunteering is for the individual doing it.

In a recent article I read in Scientific America I found out that volunteering can serve as a remedy to loneliness.  This article revealed that between a quarter to half the population experiences loneliness.  Loneliness can be the precursor to physical and mental issues including heart disease, cancer and depression.  One study found that with as little as 2 hours a week of volunteering, those who felt loneliness had felt relief.  The effects increase as you offer more time to volunteer particularly as we get older.  The demographics for those who feel loneliest are those over 65 years of age and those under 25.  This split in ages makes a great opportunity for elders to teach and mentor younger people as a benefit for both of these groups.

The article also points out how volunteering can bring meaning into our lives.  Giving our lives a sense of purpose increases our sense of well being.  In addition, the increased connections can stimulate brain activity protecting us from cognitive decline.  For all of these reasons volunteering is a great thing for an individual as well as our community at large.

My mother used to say the old proverb,”many hands make light work” to encourage participation in an activity.  I always say, ” If we each do a little, we can do a lot.”  Whether you are choosing to volunteer for the service it provides or for your own well being, know that it makes a big difference for everyone when we connect into our community.

For Opportunities to Volunteer, click Here.

Know a non profit that is Eco-friendly, supports Hawaiian culture or is committed to preservation?  Click Here to get a free listing and placement on our Opportunities to Volunteer page.

Photo from Malama Hana.

Source article from Scientific America Here.


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Going with the Flow on Maui!

As tourism on Maui becomes more and more popular it is important that visitors have an idea of what we are about before arriving. Those of us that live here are here because we love our island. We love that our lifestyle is very different from anywhere else. All of our individual experiences and challenges are what give the people of Maui an abundance of character, color and love.

We are all one, yet unique in our own ways. The people of Maui are a colorful, creative bunch, unlike anywhere else I have been. It brings me great pleasure to celebrate our diverse and rich cultures and gifts.  Sadly, many people will never get to experience Aloha firsthand, whether they come to Hawaii or not. One must be open to receive!

By living Aloha, our visitors can witness what it is to live with kindness and love.  Some of our visitors will “get it” and bring the Aloha back home. What a simple way to promote kindness island wide and globally!

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Mālama ‘āina, One Diaper at a Time

Kōkua Diaper is a Native Hawaiian and ‘ohana-owned cloth diaper service. We are excited to have Maui raised Melelani Jones share with us about her sustainable business she and her husband have brought to Maui:

My name is Melelani Jones and my husband L.a. Jones are the founder and owners of Kōkua Diaper Service. Our story begins in Brooklyn, NY known for its skyscrapers, broadway shows, millions of residents, and not so clean bustling streets. In 2017 I became pregnant with my first keiki and the thought of diapering my keiki and what my options were suddenly became very bewildering.

My mother Carolyn Kuali’I, which by the way had six children and cloth diapered all of us. She is a total superhero to me, said “Mele, you need to cloth diaper your baby!” My first thought was “ok, I got this” but as I started searching on the internet the information was so overwhelming!

It left me with so many more questions and a feeling of “I don’t even know where to start.”

A few weeks later she mentioned that when she cloth diapered us she used a service. My first initial thought was “there is no way shape or form that NYC has a cloth diaper service.”

Immediately after our conversation I got online and googled cloth diaper delivery service and behold there was one located 10 blocks away from me in Brooklyn called Diaperkind! I felt like my prayers were answered and they were!

My husband and I went to a cloth diaper 101 class that they offered and the next day we signed up for service. We loved the fact that they provided everything we needed and laundered all of our lil girl’s dirty diapers and once a week brought fresh clean ones right to our door. It was amazing!

A few months into our diaper service I was so interested and pleased with the service I wanted to see if they had any part-time work available so I could get out of the house being a new mom and still feel connected to the community I lived in. Shortly after that I began working with these wonderful people.

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