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10 Ways to Ditch Plastic

Surfrider Foundation shares the following 10 Ways to Ditch Plastic.  Please join the International Coastal Cleanup Day September 21, 2019…

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The Sacred Garden Labyrinth

Tucked into the winding roads of Makawao, the Sacred Gardens of Maliko offers a magical respite to all.  This public garden provides a beautiful and tranquil space to be at peace and reflect.  The garden includes a large covered greenhouse that holds beautiful plants and a lovely store to purchase inspiring trinkets and artwork.  The garden provides lots of areas to sit or meditate.  This wonderful place has many amazing attributes but today we are focusing on the labyrinth experience at the Sacred Garden.  There are two labyrinthat the Sacred Garden; a medieval 11circuit labyrinth outdoors under the Kukui trees and a classical 7-circuit labyrinth in the greenhouse.

Eve Hogan of the Sacred Garden describes the labyrinth as: “An ancient path of pilgrimage, rich with meaning, serves as a powerful tool for self-discovery, stress reduction, gaining awareness and clarity, as well as a path of prayer and spiritual renewal.

The magic of the labyrinth walk happens with metaphor. Whatever you experience on the labyrinth will mirror what need to see in your life. Walk not to learn about the labyrinth, but to learn about yourself.”

Whether walking the labyrinth as a walking meditation or as a path to self discovery, the experience is always an adventure.  I look at walking the labyrinth like going on a ride; with anticipation and excitement to the insights I might have.  It is fun for me to go on this little adventure following the zig-zagging path to see what it reveals to me about my perspective of the world and what it reveals to me about myself.

The video below shares more about the labyrinth and its potential.  Eve Hogan has been holding full moon labyrinth walks for over 20 years.  Walking the labyrinth on your own can be very insightful but add the energy of a full moon and others joining in on the path and you have something that is reflective of our everyday lives.

Please join Eve and her team at the Sacred Garden for their monthly full moon labyrinth walk.  Come early and enjoy gentle music of a harpist or other musical guest.  A short presentation is made before walking a full moon and fire lit path. This experience is always an adventure for my soul and an opportunity to be available for the magic of life.

Eve Hogan is the owner of the Sacred Garden (Divine Nature Alliance aka DNA is a non-profit public charity 501(c)3), counselor and author of many books including Way of the Winding Path and most recently The Spirit of the Labyrinth.

The Spirit of the Labyrinth is a story in honor of the beloved former mascot of the garden Bodhi.  Bodhi was a 180 pound gentle giant that held peace, strength and love for all those blessed to meet him.  Please find these books and many other gifts at the Sacred Garden gift shop.  All purchases from this store go to supporting the garden in being free and open to the public 7 days a week.

Please take the opportunity to come to The Sacred Garden and walk one of the labyrinths either on your own or during a magical full moon walk to experience the insights and peace available there.  This is truly one of Maui’s most unique experiences.

 

Eve Hogan Full Moon Labyrinth at The Sacred Garden:

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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Mango

Welcome to Conscious Maui’s Fruit of the Month. Today we are going to share some info about the delicious and nutritious Mango. Learn how to eat a Mango without making a complete mess. Unless, you are cool with mango juice on your elbows you may like this trick.  Last Month we talked story about the Jackfruit. If you missed it click here to learn more about Jackfruit.

What is Mango:
With so many varieties of Mango it is hard to try them all. Some are stringy in texture, some are not stringy at all and many are somewhere in between. The same can be said for sweetness and juiciness.

Where to get Mango:
From the tree in your yard, a friend’s tree, the farmer’s market, fruit stand on the side of the road or a grocery store. Make sure to get a locally grown mango if dealing with a grocery store. There is no reason to ship fruit half way around the world when it can grow right here!

When to Harvest Mango:
Maui is fortunate to have a long mango season due to many micro-climates. Sometime around summer Mangos start to show up. First, on the hotter Lahaina side then as that season slows down the Mangos upcountry start to do their thing. Depending on the variety of the mango and its location, Mango can be enjoyed between June and December.

Mango trees can grow up to 60 feet tall.  Here is to grow a manageable Mango tree from seed. Once the young tree grows about hip high cut the terminal bud, in other words snip off the top to force the tree to start branching out where you can comfortably reach the fruit. With proper training/pruning a mango tree can be kept a manageable size, but this attention must start with the very young tree.

How to eat Mango:
Eat everything between the skin and the large seed. The seed is shaped like a well used bar of soap. There are a few ways this can be done. Some ways are easier than others depending on the species, your teeth or fingernails strength and with how much of a mess you are comfortable with. Some people will bite into the side of the mango and peel the skin off then eat the fruit off the seed. Once you learn where the seed is in a mango, a knife can be used to cut lengthwise down either side of the seed, then cut a grid or tic-tac-toe into the fruit without cutting into the skin, using the skin like a little bowl, then scoop the fruit out with a spoon. Or using a knife the skin can be peel and the fruit can be cut off the seed.

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Kiwikiu Reintroduction Plan- Restoring Maui’s Native Birds

Maui Forest Recovery Project is working diligently to restore and support Maui’s native birds.  We are excited for the reintroduction of this fading population into the wild.  Maui Forest Recovery Project shares some of the plans aspects with us.

Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill;Pseudonestorxanthophrys) are among the rarest and most endangered birds in Hawai‘i. Because of this, US Fish & WildlifeService has recommended establishing a second population on the leeward slope of Haleakalā to increase total population size and protect the species from severe weather events or other catastrophic loss in their small current range.

Nakula Natural Area Reserve(NAR)on the leeward slope of Haleakalā wasselected as the site of the first releases of Kiwikiu to begin establishing a second population. Kiwikiu were once found in this area, but the forests were degraded from a history of introduced ungulate impact. However, large, intact forest sections remainaned the majority of this habitat is now either fenced or will be shortly. Following fencing and eradication of ungulates, the forest in this area has begun to recover through natural regeneration and conservation restoration efforts.

In 2018, the Maui Forest Bird Working Group completed the Kiwikiu Reintroduction Plan. The plan outlines the steps of establishing Kiwikiu on the leeward slope, including the procedures for the first year of releases in Nakula. Here is a short summary:

-Cohort for release will consist of 12 wild and 8 captive individuals.Captive birds consist of seven males and one female; therefore a release of more males than females is very likely. Wild individuals will be caught in Hanawi Natural Area Reserve.

-Soft Release Technique: All 20 birds will be held in paired aviaries at 10 sites within Nakula. Birds will be held for up to 3 weeks. Aviaries will be opened to release birds to site incrementally to help anchor birds to the area.

-Food supplementation will be provided in and around the aviaries as long as the birds need.

-Post-release monitoring will use radio transmitters and color-band resighting. This is the first step of a multi-year effort. Following the first year,the results will be evaluated to determine if, and in what ways, additional releases should be conducted. The short term goal is to create a disjunct population of Kiwikiu that survives multiple years. The ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining population of Kiwikiu in Kahikinui.

 

 

 

Click link here to read the entire plan: https://mauiforestbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/201902_MAPA-Reintro-Plan-Version-2.0.pdf

 

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10 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs

What can you do to Protect Coral Reefs?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) brings us the following information to help us know how to support the sustainability of our ocean reefs.  No matter how far you live from the ocean, you can have an impact on reef conservation and wellness.

Here are some things YOU can do:

  • Corals are already a gift, don’t give them as presents.  Consider gifts made by local artisans from Native Intelligence or tropical plants from a certified nursery like Maui Grown 808.
  • Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that will eventually find its way back into the ocean.
  • Volunteer in local beach or reef cleanups. If you don’t live near the coast, get involved in protecting your watershed.  Check our event calendar for local beach clean ups or check out our volunteer opportunities.
  • Become an informed consumer and learn how your daily choices such as water use, recycling, seafood, vacation spots, fertilizer use, and driving times can positively (or negatively) impact the health of coral reefs.
  • Check sunscreen active ingredients. Seek shade between 10 am & 2 pm, use Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) sunwear, and choose sunscreens with chemicals that don’t harm marine life.  Try local favorite Raw Love Sunscreen.

There are also many things you can do to ensure that you are environmentally conscious when you visit coral reefs or coastal areas. These include things such as hiring local guides to support the economy, removing all trash from an area, never touching or harassing wildlife in reef areas, and avoiding dropping your boat anchor or chain nearby a coral reef.

Finally, stay informed and spread the word! Educate yourself about why healthy coral reefs are valuable to the people, fish, plants, and animals that depend on them. Your excitement will help others get involved.

Mahalo for supporting healthy coral reefs and keeping Maui sustainable!

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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Jackfruit

Welcome to Conscious Maui’s Fruit of the Month. This is where we describe some of the fascinating fruits that can be encountered when exploring around the island. We will cover how to identify it and how to eat it. This month let’s read a bit about the giant humongous Jackfruit! 

If you missed last months featured fruit of the month click here to learn more about Mountain Apple.

What is Jackfruit:
Jackfruit, native to southwest India, is the fruit of the month. Jackfruit aka Jack tree is in the fig, mulberry and bread fruit family of trees.

Where to get Jackfruit:
Farmer’s markets, grocery stores or road side fruit stands in Hawaii or other tropical places. Canned jackfruit can now be found on-line or grocery stores. Check the refrigerator of your grocery store, it might be there with the vegan cheese or plant based “meat” selection.

When to Harvest Jackfruit:
In Hawaii, August through December is when fresh Jackfruit will become available.
Grown from seed the tree has been seen trying to bear fruit in as little at 3 – 4 years. Grafted trees will bear fruit in 2 -3 years. A mature Jackfruit tree is capable of producing up to 200 fruits in a single year. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but taking into consideration the size of a single jackfruit I assure you this tree can fill many bellies. The Jackfruit is the largest of the tree-borne fruit. A single fruit can weigh up to 120 lbs or 55 kilos. Typically the fruit grown in Hawaii weighs in between 20-35 lbs. Read more »

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! Read more »

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…

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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…

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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…

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