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 »
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.