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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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Does the Smallest Snake Species on Earth Live on Maui?

Many people say there are no snakes in Hawaii and I don’t mean to split hairs but technically there are, and there have been for some time. I know this to be true because I have personally encountered them.  Also, the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) considers them harmless.  “Brahminy blind snakes do not pose a great threat to our islands but if you ever come across any other type of snake, call 911 immediately.” says a MISC newsletter.

One day while gardening in Haiku a few years ago, I came across a tiny creature that I was told did not exist in Hawaii, a snake! The tiny snake I found is called the Brahminy Blind snake (Indotyphlops braminus). At a quick glance it looks much like an earthworm and it is found in the same kind of places that earthworms like to live.  But, if you look really close at this tiny animal you can see that it has a little tongue that flicks out to taste the air. It also has teeny tiny little scales. Sometimes silvery grey or lavender in color this little snake is quite harmless unless of course you are an ant or termite… and then you are food. Read more »

The Vanilla Bee and Vanilla in Maui & Hawaii

Vanilla is an orchid, native to Mexico and Guatemala. Vanilla does not come from a tree it is a long vine that grows up into trees. The vanilla orchid produces a pale yellow flower, with a mild fragrance that does not smell like vanilla. This vanilla flower opens only once for a few hours before closing and falling off the vine. Orchids can not pollinate themselves. If the flower is not pollinated before closing it will never produce a vanilla bean.

Vanilla is pollinated one of two ways, either by human with is a very laborious and tedious task or by a bee, the Melipona bee, specifically. This is a true bee, it is very small and does not sting. This bee does not exist on Maui. Yet, we still grow a fair amount of Vanilla beans here. Read more »

Beach Buddies- Take a Rescue Dog Out for the Day!

Frequently when I am out walking my rescue pup at the beach visitors will comment to me how cute she is and how much they miss their pets they left at home. I always let them know that our Maui Humane Society has a program where you can take a dog that is up for adoption out for the day.

Beach Buddies is a wonderful program that provides all you need (treats, leash, bowl etc.) to take a furry friend to the beach with you or hiking or wherever you want to go. It helps the dogs greatly by providing exercise, an opportunity to socialize and being seen by a potential forever family. It provides the companionship and fun that visitors miss when they are away from their own fur babies.

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