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 »
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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!
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.
Sustainability is a word I often use when I speak of our island home. It is a term that references the ability or being able to use resources in a way as to not deplete the resources or damage them. This is a repeatable action that can continue on as nourishing or restorative allowing a way that works continually; therefore being sustainable.
Here we have compiled a list of easy ways to help Maui and yourself be sustainable. If you are a visitor, feel free to try them on while you are here or see what works for you to help your home environment be more sustainable.
1. Recycle- We talk about recycling a lot as a way to support the environment. This is because the more we can recycle, the less that gets put into our landfill. Many people don’t think of it that way but whenever you throw a plastic bottle away it can take 450 years to decompose in a landfill. Or, you can recycle it and regenerate new plastic and protect our land from this accumulation of plastic. Maui makes it easy by having many locations to recycle and having many recycle bins on local beaches and parks.
2. Support Local Sustainable Businesses- This one hits home for us because this is basically the premise for our website. We wanted to support our local businesses by giving them greater exposure. By supporting these businesses you not only get great service or products but you also get to increase the sustainability of our island.
3. Ask Businesses for Sustainability- We all have our favorite places to go whether is be a restaurant or store. If we ask the businesses that we patronize most to be more sustainable, they may listen and become more sustainable. Recently I asked a restaurant if they had sustainable practices, I found out that they mostly did; they had local organic produce that they used and environmentally friendly serving containers. But they had regular use plastic utensils. I asked if they could use a more renewable utensil and the owner said they would see what was available. Sometimes it just takes us asking. And if we are good customers and investing in the business, they are usually happy to hear it. If many of us request more sustainable options, these businesses will get the message that we care about sustainability.
4. Get a Reusable Water Bottle- Especially here on Maui when we have active lifestyles and warm weather we all need water accessible all the time. This saves the expense of buying water bottles and saves the environment from those bottles that take hundreds of years to decompose. As residents, if we each got a reusable water bottle it could save us more than 50 million bottles a year (1 bottle a day X 144,444 residents= 52,722,060 bottles a year). Help the environment and stay hydrated; win-win.
5. Participate in Conscious Events- When looking for activities and events you can choose to participate in those that will support sustainability. We have many conscious events on our island, something for everyone to enjoy. You can help with a beach clean up or support conscious or Hawaiian music by going to a concert.
6. Take Care of Yourself- This is one that many people don’t think of when talking about sustainability. But sustainability refers to that which can maintain and nourish. We frequently allow ourselves to get stressed or skip things that are important for our personal balance and sustainability. Do you have all of your personal care needs met? Are you living your life in a way that is sustainable? You can ask yourself daily: What do I need to keep myself nourished, cared for or fulfilled? And what can I release from my life that doesn’t feel good or is unsustainable? Even a little adjustment in self care can have a big impact on your sustainable well-being.
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