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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Guava- Kuawa & Waiawi

E Komo Mai! Welcome to Conscious Maui’s Fruit of the Month Blog.  This month we will share a bit of info about the Guava, an invasive yet delicious fruit growing here, there and everywhere on Maui. It is delicious, free and surprisingly healthy, so eat up, or drink up cause it is great in smoothies too!

Last month we shares some of what we know about the Soursop. This one is really worth reading so if you missed last months featured fruit of the month, click here to learn more about Soursop, it could save a life!

What is Guava:
Guava is an abundant tropical fruit on the Hawaiian Islands. Common Yellow Guava is known as Kuawa, and Strawberry Guava is known as Waiawi in Hawaiian. Guava is native to Mexico, Central America and the north part of South America. There are many varieties available but to keep it simple lets focus on Yellow Guava and Strawberry Guava the two most available kinds here.

Where to get Guava:
Guava, an invasive species, can be found growing in public places. I would love to say you can eat the guava you find growing in the wild but since it is consider invasive it may very likely have been sprayed with a harmful chemical.  So picking guava for consumption along the highway is not advised. Even though you may see or smell them when you are on the road, be advised of this.  Many of the chemicals, herbicides/pesticides etc. on the market are systemic, meaning the chemical is in the plant and can not be washed off.  So it is going to be safer to eat the guava growing in your own yard or in the yard of a friend that does not use such chemicals in the garden. You can often find guava for sale at your favorite grocery store or a roadside stand. The farmers market is very likely to have it for a very reasonable price. Again it is important to choose wisely what goes into our bodies. Remember what we learned in kindergarten; “You are what you eat!”.  Guava grows itself abundantly. Let’s always remember to practice abundant growth, be like the guava.

When to Harvest Guava:
Almost all year round guava can be found. Although guava is an invasive species, in a time and place where food is expensive, it is nice to have to have something so readily available to eat.

There are several varieties of guava growing in the Hawaiian islands and the growing seasons overlap. Also, thanks to the many varied micro climates of the Islands, the ripening times are staggered. Guava growing in one place can grow faster than one of the same species being grown on another part of the island.

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5 Benefits of Volunteering on Maui

Volunteering has been known to have many benefits that include boosting our self esteem and well being, giving our life purpose and combating  stress.  There are lots of opportunities on Maui to donate your time and energy to volunteer and reap some additional benefits.  Whether your a visitor or local, taking time to share with our community can give you some great and unexpected benefits.

1. Get to know Maui’s landscapes from a unique perspective.  Many of the places you can volunteer allow you access to places the public may not see.  Planting trees to support bird habitats on the slopes of Haleakala with Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project or diving to support reef health with American Reef Coalition can have you experience the land and ocean in a way you may have never seen before.

2. Get to know the locals.  If you are a visitor or new transplant to Maui there is an opportunity to get to know Maui and her people in a way that enriches your experience here.  Helping to maintain a heiau or cleaning up a local beach can have you sharing with our community, doing good for the land and sharing aloha along the way.  Check out our events calendar for upcoming beach cleanups and other conscious community events.

3. Volunteering as a remedy for loneliness and sharing connection.  We wrote another blog post on this previously but it bears repeating.  In a society that manages to separate us and decrease our human interaction, volunteering brings people to connect and share in taking care of the land, oceans and each other, together.

4. Sharing your love for animals.  Maui has some unique wildlife, much of which is endangered and in need of support.  You can support and protect our wild animals like the honu (sea turtles) or support habitats for our endangered birds like the Kiwikiu.  Do you love dogs?  Take a dog out for the day from the Maui Humane Society with their Beach Buddies program.  Love cats or other farm animals?  Check out The Boo Boo Zoo or Leilani Farm Sanctuary to volunteer in caring for their rescue animals.

5. Sharing your passions.  Love to Garden?  Come volunteer at The Sacred Garden and get your hands in the dirt.  Are you a farmer who wants to share their knowledge or learn more? Help out at Kipahulu Ohana and share in farming and cultural practices.  Are you passionate about protecting the environment?  Volunteer and share with Maui Huliau Foundation to help save the environment.  No matter what your passion may be, Maui can meet you there.

We hope that you have the opportunity to benefit from volunteering while here on Maui.

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Hawaii Grown Fruit of the Month – Soursop

Aloha! Welcome Back to Conscious Maui’s Featured Fruit of the Month Blog.  Join us while we talk story about the Soursop, how to eat it and why it is so healthy.

Last month we covered how to enjoy a Mango without making a complete mess.  We also went over the why Mango is healthy and the best places are to get them on Maui. If you missed last months featured fruit of the month click here to learn more about Mango.

What is Soursop:
Soursop aka Graviola, Guyabano, or Guanábana, thrives in warm humid locations within USDA zone 10, making parts of the Hawaiian Islands ideal for growing this delicious fast growing super-food.

Where to get Soursop:
Specialty grocery stores or farmers markets often have this fruit.  Do you or a friend have a soursop tree?  Since the fruit is so large it is great for sharing.  Soursop makes a great healthy gift. They grow so large it may not be possible to eat an entire one by yourself. Canned juice is also available but may contain added sugars or other chemicals. It is also being sold in the refrigerator section of some grocery stores as a meat replacement.


When to Harvest Soursop:
The soursop tree can grow up to 20 feet tall in the right environment and will be half as wide. Harvest in Hawaii is between June and October.  The fruit can grow quite large almost 12 inches in length weighing close to 10 lbs. When ready to be harvested and eaten the skin will yield slightly to pressure.  It must be said that the size of the fruit is not an indicator of when it is ready. It has been my experience that size of the fruit is based on the conditions of the soil and the weather and not based on the time spent on the tree. Read more »

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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.




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