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. Read more »
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: Read more »
10 ways to help protect the MauiʻŌhiʻa from Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death:
If you haven’t heard about the ʻŌhiʻa forest being at risk, you are just in time. RapidʻŌhiʻa Death is threatening the life of the Hawaiian forest. The ʻŌhiʻa trees that make up the largest part of the forest are a keystone species. Keystone species are the backbone of an ecosystem, if the keystone species of any given ecosystem were to disappear that ecosystem would be affected greatly or even collapse entirely. Take the honey bee for example, another keystone species, no honey bee = no food. It doesn’t get more straight forward than that. One does not have to be a scientist to recognize this relationship between bees and food.
The high reaching treetops of ʻŌhiʻa forest gather rain and moisture from the air directing much needed water to the islands aquifer. These beautiful trees also provide a canopy for other plants and countless creatures. The flowers give sweet nectar to bird, bees and other pollinators. We must all do our part to save these trees and the environment they support. Here are a few ways you can help.
1. Avoid injuring ʻōhiʻa.
The fungus can easily make its way into the tree through cuts in the bark. When using a weed-eater around the base or tree do not allow the whips to come in contact with the trunk, as girdling trees make them susceptible to illness. A sure way to kill any tree is to cut the bark all the way around it. Read more »
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