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20/Oct/2021

Although here in Hawaii we might not experience the classic changes for Fall and Winter, we still want to be included in all of the fun and holiday spirit! Hawaii is definitely warm year round. As winter approaches, we get more wind and rain which tends to “cool” down the islands a bit. Now that Fall is here, we wanted to put together a list of fun things to do for Fall in Maui Hawaii.

Stay at a romantic bed & breakfast

We highly recommend booking a cute bed and breakfast in Upcountry Maui. Once you head Upcountry, you will start to feel the air cool as you gain elevation up the slopes of the mountain. Enjoy the weekend in the cooler weather, relaxing in a jacuzzi, hiking, drinking warm pumpkin lattes, or watching the sunrise at Haleakala!

Go to the pumpkin patch

Kula Country Farms has a beautiful pumpkin patch. They take reservations online, and those with a reservation will be allowed in first. They welcome you to take pictures, walk around, and pick out your favorite pumpkin! The patch is open from Oct. 1-31 from 9am to 4pm. What a fun activity for the kids!

Have a pumpkin carving contest

Well, what better way to celebrate the Halloween and Fall spirit, than to have a pumpkin carving contest! Invite your friends and family over, and carve the pumpkins that you picked out from the patch. Best carving wins a prize! You can even make your own fall inspired drinks, cookies, food, and more!

Have a movie night

Time to invite the friends over for a movie night! Get cozy inside or outside and put up the projector for a big movie screen. Make some popcorn and hot chocolates! Maybe put on something scary!

Host a Pie bakeoff

It’s pie season, and who doesn’t love pie?! You can put your baking skills to the test with a fun and friendly competition. See who can make the best pie using fall’s most delicious flavors. Our favorites are apple, pumpkin and pecan!

Decorate your home

Feel like being festive and welcoming the new season? Decorate your porch with flowers, haystacks, and lots of pumpkins! If you would like to bring the decorations inside, there are plenty of fun ways to decorate your home. Go to a thrift store to be more sustainable, or support your local boutique in purchasing fall or Halloween inspired decorations.

Go to your local Farmer’s Market

What better way to pick out some fresh and local Fall produce, than by shopping at the Farmer’s Market! There is an abundance of food to choose from, and then you can go home and whip up something delicious in the kitchen!

Make a tasty Pumpkin Spiced Mocha Latte

Are you in the mood for a yummy holiday drink?! Head on over to our blog that features a Pumpkin Spiced Mocha Latte Recipe. This one is delicious, and can be made either warm or iced! Tell us your favorite holiday drink in the comments below!

DIY your Halloween costume!

This one is great for everyone. Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to decide what you would like to be! Creating your own costume is a fun way to have something unique, that no one else will be wearing! Head on over to your local Goodwill, and you will be able to piece together the coolest costume! Not only that, but creating a costume through thrift store finds is much more sustainable and eco-friendly.

We hope that these fun things to do for Fall in Maui Hawaii inspired you to get outside (or inside), and enjoy the season! Happy Fall!

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27/Sep/2021

What exactly are superfoods? Superfood is a term typically used to describe nutrient-dense foods. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Basically, we’re talking whole, unprocessed fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and whole grains. They’re all packed with different bod-boosters, from immunity-increasing antioxidants to healthy-healthy fatty acids and more. Your body requires these nutrients to complete the essential functions that keep you alive and healthy. In order to get the best benefit, you’ll want to incorporate the widest variety of superfoods that you can. Here is our take on 5 superfoods you should be eating.

Dark Leafy Greens

Watercress, chard, spinach, romaine lettuce and collard greens rank among the most nutrient-dense fruits and veggies, according to a study  published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This study developed a method of calculating the nutrient density of a large sampling fruits and veggies that are considered to be “powerhouses”, or those most strongly associated with reducing the risk of chronic disease. The higher the nutrient density score, the higher the amount of overall nutrients and phytochemicals per calorie. Of all the types of fruits and veggies that were ranked in this study, dark, leafy greens were consistently on top of the list.

One cup raw or one-half cup of cooked leafy greens counts toward your daily vegetable servings. How cool is that?!

If you are not a huge fan of dark leafy greens, there are a number of ways where you can eat them, without having to really taste them.

Add spinach into a smoothie!
Add some leafy greens into a creamy soup, that will later be blended.  I swear you won’t taste them!
Time to get juicing! You can make a delicious juice with loads of veggies. Top it off with some apple or a sweeter fruit to mask the taste of the greens.

Avocado

We love avocados. Can you imagine life before avo toast?! Avocados are a bit pricy in most states, but completely worth it. The fruit, packed with healthy fats, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K is extremely healthy! There are numerous ways to eat avocado. Turn them into guacamole, put them on toast, or just put some Himalayan pink salt on them and eat them whole! Children love them too!

Blueberries

Blueberries are an antioxidant-packed superfood that features phytochemicals and vitamins C, K, and manganese. Phytochemicals are compounds found in plants that have been found to have an impressive amount of health benefits, including helping to protect the cells in your body from damage that could lead to cancer. Blueberries taste amazing on cereal, in baked goods, or frozen. I love eating them alone, or putting them as a topping to granola and yogurt!

Legumes

Legumes are a class of plant foods made up of beans (including soy), lentils, peas, peanuts and alfalfa. These are definitely a top one on our list of 5 superfoods you should be eating. They earn the superfood title because they’re loaded with nutrients. Legumes help prevent and manage a wide variety of diseases. Legumes are a rich source of B vitamins, various minerals, protein and fiber. Research indicates that they offer many health benefits including improved type 2 diabetes management, as well as reduced blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating beans and legumes regularly may also promote healthy weight maintenance, due to their ability to improve feelings of fullness. We love our legumes!

Nuts & Seeds

Are you looking for something rich in fiber? Are you vegetarian or vegan in need of protein and heart-healthy fats? Well, nuts and seeds are great for all of these reasons. These are definitely a necessary super food for any kind of diet! They also have various plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This helps protect agains oxidative stress. Research also shows that eating nuts and seeds can have a protective effect against heart disease. We recommend trying almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Chia seeds and hemp seeds are also delicious and can be added as toppings or in smoothies!

Are you feeling hungry? Did this article motivate you to eat healthier? We hope that our list of 5 superfoods you should be eating can help by providing the proper tools and information in order to support a healthy diet. Check out the Belle Surf Menu, we offer many diet friendly, healthy and tasty meals.

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23/Sep/2021

It’s officially Fall, and you know what that means! Holiday themed drinks are coming! We absolutely love drinks that give a taste and aroma of the holidays. Mostly every coffee drink can be hot, or iced, according to your preference, or the weather! Here in Hawaii, the temperatures are warm year round. As much as I love hot coffees, there’s nothing as refreshing as a tasty iced one. Read below to view our Pumpkin Spiced Mocha Latte recipe. Happy Fall!

Pumpkin Spice Mocha Latte

Ingredients :

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (homemade recipe below)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 shots espresso (or 2/3 cup strong coffee)
whipped cream for serving
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
chocolate sauce for glass

Homemade pumpkin pie spice:

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the spice, pumpkin and honey. Cook while constantly stirring until it starts to simmer, about 45 seconds.
Next, stir in the milk, vanilla, and chocolate extract. Bring to a slight simmer while constantly stirring.
Next, use an immersion blender (or transfer the mixture to a blender carefully) and blend until frothy.
Add chocolate sauce to the two glasses, and add the coffee or espresso. Chocolate sauce gives the glass a fun decorative look! Pour the frothy pumpkin latte mixture on top, and then top with whipped cream. Drizzle extra chocolate sauce on the whipped cream. (or you can add some spice on top!)
Combine all ingredients, and store in an air-tight jar.

Well, happy holidays! We hope you enjoy this Pumpkin Spiced Mocha Latte recipe. Stay tuned for more drink recipes as we get further into the holiday season. Share your recipes below, or follow us on Instagram!

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20/Sep/2021

Maui has many things to offer, but if there is one thing that’s certain… there’s definitely no shortage of spa’s on this island! Sometimes a little daytime getaway is all that you need to feel rejuvenated. Whether you are on vacation, or live on this island, everyone needs a little pampering! We have curated a list of the best spa’s on Maui. Have a memorable mother daughter day, bring your friends, or just go alone for some peace and quiet! Most spa’s even offer couple massages if you are here with your significant other. Keep reading below to discover more!

Spa Montage

This is the best spa on the Northwest side of the island. Using the finest local ingredients, every treatment and service at Spa Montage Kapalua Bay is authentically inspired and highly personalized. The caring associates are ready to exceed your expectations and provide a unique and tranquil spa experience.

Open 9am-7pm daily, this wellness retreat is unlike any other. When your treatment is through, you can use the facilities or sit by the edgeless pool. A 60-minute massage goes for around $210. For one of the island’s best spa deals, purchase a day pass for $55, which gives you access to the facilities, including the fitness center, hydrotherapy circuits, and impossibly calming surroundings. A weeklong pass is $250, or $350 for two people.

Spa at Black Rock

For slightly more affordable rates, the Spa at Black rock is open 8:30am-7pm daily. They offer 50-minute massages beginning at $140. The Spa at Black Rock is located in the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. It is the premier location for a dream Hawaiian vacation. Situated on Kaanapali Beach, the Sheraton Maui Resort is a very romantic escape, where the dramatic point at which the legendary Black Rock of Kaanapali meets the ocean. Anchored by the Black Rock itself, this spectacular Maui hotel beckons hopeless romantics, discerning honeymooners, and fun-seeking families.

Spa Grande

Voted the best spa in Hawaii and among the top 10 in the United States, it’s 50,000 square foot luxury spa is hard to beat! Mōhalu by Spa Grande is a personal escape inspired by their Spa Grande heritage and traditions in a more intimate and private environment as Spa Grande undergoes beautification. Each treatment room features a partial garden or ocean view and natural light. During this time, locker rooms and hydrothermal areas remain closed. Roman hot tubs, Japanese furo baths, or honey-mango loofah exfoliations.. try them all! There is an enormous selection of facials and treatment options, also a beauty salon and fitness center. Open 8am-7pm daily.

The Spa at Four Seasons

Just as you may expect, the Spa at Four Seasons is lavish and over the top in the best ways possible. You can even enjoy a massage right inside an oceanfront cabana! The prices are often higher than Spa Grande, but the offerings of wellness options, body treatments, and massage are no less impressive. The Spa offers many different spa and wellness services to cater to your exact needs. We highly recommend this spa!

Did reading all this about spa’s make you want to book a facial or massage?! Because I’m ready to go get one right now! We hope you enjoyed our list of the best spa’s on Maui. Enjoy your relaxing vacation, or treat yourself, because you deserve it !

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16/Sep/2021

Maui has some wonderful bakeries, and we wanted to expose these hidden gems! I mean, who doesn’t love fresh baked goods, am I right? Many of Maui’s bakeries specialize in custom cakes for weddings and celebrations. We are going to list the best bakeries on Maui, one for each side of the island. Whether you’re feeling hungry in the morning and want to treat yourself, or just need a fresh loaf of bread…this list has it all!

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop-Lahaina

Leoda’s is more restaurant than bakery, but their popular selection of sweet and savory pies have earned them a spot on our bakery list! They offer casual family-style dining in a comfortable plantation-era atmosphere. Located on the Westside of Maui, specifically in Olowalu, dining in this adorable restaurant is a must… and you definitely need to try a pie for dessert!

Cravings Bakery-Kahului 

Cravings Bakery is all about cakes and dessert. Whether it’s for a wedding, birthday or celebration, Cravings works with you to create an extraordinarily delicious cake, cupcake or dessert. From traditional, classic and modern, to romantic, whimsical and even theme inspired designs, they have something for everyone. Cravings Bakery really cares about the ingredients that go into their cakes and desserts. They use the freshest whole ingredients that they can get their hands on. We highly recommend them!

The Maui Cookie Lady-Kahului

The Maui Cookie Lady is a little island boutique bakery with premium, freshly-baked gourmet cookies that feature an array of locally sourced ingredients. They continue to gain loyal customers due to their creative, decadent flavor combinations and wholesome inclusions. MCL has been featured in many different magazines and shows. Their cookies even made the #2 spot for Top 10 Christmas Cookies to Buy Online for the annual shopping guide of “Taste of Home Magazine” for 2020.  MCL cookies are shipped all around the world, but originally starting as a fundraiser at a local farmers market on the island of Maui!

Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe-Wailuku

One of my absolute favorites, is Stillwell’s! There’s a sort of nostalgia when I walk into their air conditioning doors. My mom used to treat me to their tasty chocolate eclairs from time to time as a child. They never disappoint! Not only are their baked goods on point, but this is also a great spot for breakfast and lunch. The menu has high ratings and they’ve got all sorts of salads and sandwiches to choose from.

Maui Bread Company-Kihei

Are you into fresh baked bread? Then this is the bakery for you! Maui Bread Co offers sweet, savory, Hawaiian artisan, German artisan, gluten-free and vegan bread options. Something for everyone! They truly believe in quality. They are well known for their local flavors, Alohas, and their unique ability to combine the best of Eastern and Western baking. Maui Bread Co strives to give their customers an experience they will appreciate and long remember. They are delicious, authentic, caring, and filled with Aloha Spirit.

Supporting Local Businesses

Small-business owners love what they do, and they play an important role in supporting their local communities. From providing a hometown feel for localities to working hard to know their neighbors, these small companies do a lot to help others who live nearby in many different ways. When it comes to showing your support, it’s important to do so, and not just to help them gain revenue and stay operational. Everything from the local clothing boutique to the corner  bakery relies on the support of loyal customers to keep its doors open. Now more than ever, is the best time to support local businesses.

Are you ready to eat?! Writing this blog made me hungry! I am dying to go get a little treat from each of the best bakeries on Maui. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide which places to go. With lots of trial and error, we now know which places we absolutely love.

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14/Sep/2021

For all my plant based people out there, this ones for you! Are you new to Maui, visiting, or simply just trying to discover new places to eat?! We have put together a list of the best places to eat vegan food on Maui. Of course, Belle Surf Cafe is at the top of the list. We offer food and drinks that are healthy and friendly to ALL diets. However, we are only open for breakfast and lunch! I figured, it would be nice to give you some ideas for dinner time. Maui has an array of cuisine to be discovered, however, you may notice it truly is difficult to find vegan food.  Sometimes I will be stuck for hours either cooking, or reading all of the ingredients at the store to piece together some food.

Belle Surf Cafe

Like I mentioned before, we offer food for all diets! If you and your friends or family all like to eat different things, then we definitely recommend coming here. You get a little bit of everything, from vegetarian to vegan, meat or fish, dairy or non dairy, gluten free, etc. Open for breakfast and lunch (also the BEST coffee in town). We definitely recommend trying any of the items on our menu. We can also customize to your dietary needs!

Moku Roots 

There is something incredibly special about Moku Roots. This adorable vegan restaurant, located in Lahaina, Maui, is also a Zero Waste restaurant. They offer a creative, delicious, and constantly changing menu to keep both tourists and locals excited. Their fresh, organic veggies come from a farm literally 5 minutes down the road! Either dine in, or grab your food to go! Absolutely everything is zero waste, right down to the to-go packaging (your food will be tightly wrapped up in a beautiful banana leaf). We love restaurants that place an importance on the environment! They are open daily : Sundays 10-3, Monday-Saturday 10:30-9pm. There are also happy hour and dinner specials! Check out their website for more info.

Choice Health Bar

Choice has multiple locations in Lahaina, and one in Paia. This yummy cafe offers healthy salads, kombucha, acai bowls, smoothies and grab and go options such as wraps and chia pudding. Great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Down To Earth Organic and Natural

Down to Earth is a large natural foods grocery store located in Kahului. They offer local organic produce, bulk foods, loads of vegan groceries as well as a deli with hot food. Our favorite is the tofu, potatoes and salad! They also have juices, smoothies, vegan baked goods, kombucha, coffee, plenty to grab and go and a made-to-order sandwich menu. Good for groceries, smoothies, packing up a picnic or a grabbing a quick and healthy lunch or dinner. Have you ever seen a spam-musubi? Well, it’s a typical Hawaiian style snack… and Down to Earth makes them vegan style! Sooooo good!

A’A Roots

Located in Napili, this adorable little restaurant is full of surprises! All vegan and vegetarian food, and for the price, you will get a HUGE plate or bowl. It is all fresh, and locally farmed produce. You definitely won’t be leaving this restaurant without a full belly!

Earth Aloha Eats

Earth Aloha Eats is a plant based, organic, vegan food truck. They have 2 locations, one in Lahaina, and one in Kahului. If you are looking for a quick grab and go, we definitely recommend this spot! Everything on their menu is unique in it’s own way. I have been waiting for a cool vegan food truck like this to hit the island for a while!

Well, there are many different places on Maui that one on a plant based diet can eat. But, you don’t even need to be vegan to eat at these places! With all of the different restaurants here, they are well equipped to cook the food that you need. Sometimes it is just easier to go to one of the best places to eat vegan food on Maui. We definitely recommend trying all of these spots, and more! There are other cuisines such as Thai, Indian and Mexican. I hope you love these restaurants as much as I do. Enjoy your dinner!

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09/Sep/2021

Maui is famous for being the windiest Island of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Some people enjoy it to cool off from the tropical heat, while others participate in crazy extreme wind sports! There are some people that hate it and just want to get away from it! Here is a simple guide on how to enjoy or avoid the wind of Maui!

1-Understanding Maui’s Wind

All of the Hawaiian Islands are exposed to the strong trade winds all year round. Coming from the North-East.

Most of the coastlines facing north or East will be consequently windy! Mountains, Land or Volcanoes usually protect the South and West coastlines from the strong winds.

The trade winds occur 80% of the time during the year. Usually blowing around 15mph, they can go up to 40 mph on certain days.

Just enough to make your hair blow all over the place, have the sand whip your skin, and make all your belongings fly on the beach! Do not even think of opening an umbrella for protection. Unless you want to fly like kitesurfers and windsurfers do!

If you are a wind sports addict, the summer time is the best bet to catch the strong winds. If you like to wear skirts or if you have a loose wig, winter time is a better time for you to come!

But don’t worry, even during the summer, there are plenty of locations protected from the wind. Just keep reading to know more about them.

What makes Maui different from the other Hawaiian Islands its geography. The “Valley Isle” acts like a giant wind tunnel. Maui is basically two tall volcanoes joined by a very low and flat piece of land. All those strong winds hit the mountains and try to find their way out.

All the winds have to go through the stretch between the two main mountains. Condensed in this narrow stretch or “Wind Tunnel” they gain speed and strength. Also known as the “Venturi Effect”.

So to be clear, the north and west coastline receive direct trade winds. The stretch of land between Haleakala and the West Maui mountains is where all these winds escape and is extremely strong.

2. Avoiding Maui’s Wind

Yes you guessed it correctly! To avoid the wind, go to the side of the Island facing West or South.

But some exceptions apply: for example Maalaea is the exit point of the wind tunnel! Yes, it’s facing south/west, but it’s probably the windiest part of the Island!

Also the wind tends to “wrap” around the coastline, so the south side can be very windy. Sometimes you can also experience direct south/west winds, also known as “Kona Winds”.

So where should you go?!? Lahaina of course! Don’t get me wrong, it is windy here as well. We don’t live in a bubble, but the wind is definitely less. All of Lahaina or “West Side” is the most protected part of the Island.

You may ask yourself why not Kihei? Well it’s right on the exit of a wind tunnel! Just check out this map I drew for you, this will make everything more clear!

The good part of Kihei is that there are many little beaches shaped like a little “bay” or “Half Moon” that will stop the wind coming from the north.

But, hey remember if Belle Surf Cafe is located in Lahaina it’s for a good reason! Being protected from strong winds make Lahaina the safest area for most water activities. 

3.Enjoying the trade wind

Who said you have to run away from the wind?! Why not make the best of it! Local’s from Maui will happily teach you how use this energy from Mother Nature. There are many different crafts to fly with the wind.

Learn to Windsurf: the oldest  Watersport, that made Maui a HUGE travel destination for adrenaline junkies and professional windsurfer in the early 90s! It’s simply a sail attached to a big surfboard that will allow you to go very fast over calm water in Kanaha, or jump and surf the waves in Ho’okipa (advanced surfers only).

Learn to Kitesurf: Yes you guessed it, it’s composed of a kite and a surfboard! This sports is easier and faster to learn the windsurfing. But much more dangerous as well. If not used with caution, the kite can overpower you and take you high up in the air or straight in the trees!  The advantage of kitesurfing is that it can be used with    less wind than Windsurfing and allow you to do INSANE jumps! Extremely fun, it can also be used in the surf.

Learn to WingFoil: The newest wind sport, and probably most fun of them all! Composed of a Sail that you hold, detached from your board and a surfboard with a hydrofoil (big fin shaped like an airplane). This sport is easier to learn than windsurfing, and a bit safer than kitesurfing. You don’t risk to fly and land on a tree, but the sharp and big fin on your board is quiet scary! To know more about Wingfoil and Hydrofoil check out one of our other blogs!

 

So did you decide where you want to stay? Are you going to enjoy the wind or avoid the wind during your next stay on Maui?

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06/Sep/2021

Throughout history, native Hawaiian healers have conventionally used medicinal herbs for many purposes. The application of herbs differentiated according to which tribes were using them. Over time, these herbs were recognized for many other benefits beyond their medicinal properties. Hawai‘i is viewed throughout the world as a place of rest and rejuvenation. This is a concept that is deeply rooted in and supported by the healing environment of our islands. Ancestral wellness wisdom is the basis of the natural health movement in Hawaii. Here are 5 Hawaiian medicinal plants for you to know about.

What is herbal medicine?

Traditionally, herbal medicine works to aid, restore, and harmonize opposing forces of energy. This is usually accomplished through a combination of plant elements, however, throughout herbal medical history, animal by-products and minerals have also been combined.

The term “herbs” can refer to many different things in medicine (roots, flowers, leaves, stems, bark, seeds and even stones)!  These are all therapeutic parts of plants which have natural healing properties and can promote wellbeing in both the body and mind in their own ways. Herbal medicine is an incredibly unique system with hundreds of individual herbs. Each has their own properties or functions. Individual herbs can definitely be used on their own, but they’re more often combined into formulas to enhance their unique healing qualities and target specific medical conditions.

Medicinal herbs come in many forms. For internal use, traditionally, raw herbs are boiled, simmered and consumed as a tea. Today, to avoid the often bitter taste of herbal concoctions, herbs also come in powdered form and as capsules, tinctures and tablets. For topical use, herbs are formulated into a cream, lotion or salve.

1. Noni

The Noni is a traditional Hawaiian medicinal herb that grows between 10-20 feet tall. This plant has shiny dark green leaves that are deeply veined and used for topical treatments in skin infections and tumors. The traditional healers soften these leaves and on cooling, apply it to the affected areas of skin. The fruit of the Noni is well known for its distinctive cheese-like flavor. When it’s mixed with ginger or orange juice, it can be very effective in curing severe ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Noni has a strong and pungent rotting-like smell. It has been conventionally used as a famine food and a healthy concoction for curing gastrointestinal diseases as well.

2. Kava

Also known as Kava-Kava or awa, this herb is traditionally consumed as a beverage that causes a slight loss of muscle control with a  euphoric feeling. The mind remains clear and the people using this herb do not lose self-control. Kava has pain-relieving properties that can reduce headaches and back pains.

Traditionally, Kava was consumed as a ceremonial beverage or a medicinal potion in Hawaii. The modern preparations of this herb include powdered Kava available in the form of capsules. To make Kava tea, firstly, the Kava roots are pounded in a pot and the crushed parts are soaked in water. Secondly, the active ingredients are extracted and enjoyed warm or cooled after straining. They include lactones that are mildly psychoactive. There are many strains of kava found in Hawaii that were brought to this region by the Polynesian sailors. The most popular ones are Purple moi, Hiwa, Mahakea, and Nene varieties. Kava is mostly found in shady places in the tropics.

 

3. ‘Awapuhi Kuahiwi—Ginger

The ginger plant is commonly found in humid, shaded forests on the main Hawaiian Islands.

This plant is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Awapuhi kuahiwi–also known as shampoo ginger—is used as a compress for sores, cuts and bruises. Most importantly, it is also used to treat toothaches, achy joints, sprains, stomachaches, headaches, ringworm, and other skin diseases. The rhizomes are pounded together with pa‘akai (Hawaiian sea salt), placed on a young frond, squeezed, and the liquid ingested. The pulverized residue can be applied as a compress to treat headaches.

 

4. Kō—Sugarcane

The sweet sugarcane stalk was chewed to strengthen and clean teeth and gums. Kō juice was mixed with medicine to make it more palatable. Young leaf buds mixed with kowali pehu (Ipomoea alba), the tropical white morning glory, and salt are used for treating deep cuts, wounds and compound fractures.

5. ‘Olena-Turmeric

Also called as Curcuma Longa, this wonderful medicinal herb is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. The traditional Hawaiian healers used turmeric topically for skin rashes and sores. When mixed with honey and herbs, it also helps in curing coughs or sore throats. It is believed that original Polynesian settlers brought this herb to Hawaii when they arrived here in the sixth century. Since it was carried in their canoes, it is one among the canoe plant. In the native Hawaiian language, ‘Olena means yellow. It was also traditionally used as a dye for clothes. It is closely related to the ginger family and similarly has a thick rootstock or rhizome that is used for making juice or powdered medicine. Turmeric is effective for inflammation and sinus problems.

We are in no means doctors of any kind. However, we thought it would be interesting to teach you about 5 Hawaiian medicinal plants that were used most frequently for healing. Moreover, nature is a powerful source, and can be used for good. I find it fascinating to know about the plants that surround you, especially when hiking in the rainforest and being outdoors.

In conclusion, being aware of nature’s medicine, may one day be useful.

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02/Sep/2021

Traveling to Hawaii can be a real source of stress and struggle when you are on a budget. The cost of life here is 96.3% higher than the U.S average! Don’t get discouraged. As people who live here all year round, we know all of the hacks to save money. Make your holiday actually relaxing and enjoyable without stressing and spending. Keep reading to learn all of our tips for traveling to Hawaii on a budget.

1-Flying to Hawaii

Easier said than done: be flexible. If you have the chance to choose when to take a break from work, look at the flights first!

Avoid going at the same time as most people, that is when the airline prices get crazy! Use a search engine such as “sky scanner“,  “google flights” or “Hopper“. When searching for flights, keep your options open. Departure time, arrival time, or even exact location! There are many Islands in Hawaii and they are all worth visiting.

By keeping your options open this will help you find the best deal! By doing this right now I can find round trip flights from Los Angeles to Maui for only 225 USD. pretty good right?

If you don’t have the chance to travel when you want, and have to fly during the most expensive time of the year, don’t worry! There are many more ways to keep your trip affordable!

2-Accomodation

There are many different ways and platforms to find a place to stay, booking.com, TripAdvisor, Kayak.com and Airbnb are definitely some of the most popular. There’s no secret hack here. Take your time, compare prices and make your decision. But wait.. if you are willing to make sacrifices, we might have a way to help you save some more money!

Accommodation is definitely going to take a big chunk of your budget, unless you try one of these solutions:

Rent a campervan / RV : Yes, this isn’t the first time we have recommended living the van life in Hawaii. There is no better place for it! You won’t have to fight with the cold and can always avoid the rain if necessary. One of the biggest advantages of renting a camper van is that you will save on a car rental and hotel! There are many ways to find a car rental, but Turo.com is definitely one the best option.

Turo.com is a website / app that connects car owners to travelers. It is not a professional rental car company. The cars are not necessarily very recent or in the best condition, but we are here to save money, right?

Craiglist can also offer better deals sometimes, but be careful here, you have no warranty at all that the owner of the vehicle is reliable and won’t ghost you last minute!

Another way to save plenty of money on accommodation is by doing a  home exchange. Many websites exist to put people in touch that are willing to exchange homes for a vacation. The demand for Hawaii is very high. Unless you have a quite amazing place, this option is not very easy to set up.

Work Exchange can also be an option, some farms and hostels will trade you a bed for a few hours of your time everyday. It can be a lifechanging experience if you are willing to work. This way you will definitely meet a lot of people and dive straight into the local culture.

 

3-Getting around

In case you were not convinced to rent a camper van, here are some tips to getting around the island without breaking the bank:

Split the cost of a car rental with friends. If you were planning to come alone, it’s time to gather some company!

Don’t worry if you do not want to travel with a group. You can always take the bus or rent a scooter! Public transportation is actually really good and affordable in Hawaii.

If you like to move at your own pace, a scooter is a great option. It can seems scary and dangerous, but the traffic in Hawaii is way more chill than on the mainland. Most of the roads here only have one lane and the speed limit is no greater than 45mph.

4-Activities

Hawaii has hundreds of activities to offer that are hard to resist. But do you really need rent a jet ski or do a helicopter tour? Driving around and exploring is (almost) completely free. Hiking, surfing, paddling, snorkeling, fishing-all of these activities are free of charge if you bring your own gear!

5- Food

This is where you can really see a big difference with the prices on the mainland. If you are a Costco member, we definitely recommend taking your card with you and stopping there. This is by far the cheapest shopping on the islands. Yes they sell everything in bulk, so that’s another reason to travel with a group of friends or family.

If you don’t feel like cooking all the time, the cheapest way to eat out is to go in the markets and food trucks in order to try the local food. Poke bowls, Musubi, Chicken Katsu, etc. All the markets have a kitchen with fresh and affordable food. You can eat a full meal for less than 10USD.

 

 

 

 

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Surfing has become a very popular sport over time, and surfers travel all around the world in search for the perfect wave. Airlines are now more than ever, aware of what a surfboard is, and that it needs to be handled with care. However, there are still horror stories of precious boards being damaged on flights. This is every surfers worst nightmare! Can you imagine arriving to your destination after long hours of travel, only to find that your board was destroyed?! The airlines most likely won’t be reimbursing you for the damage caused. We have created a list of tips for traveling with surfboards, so you can hopefully avoid this from happening.

Check the airlines surfboard policy

First things first. Before you even buy your ticket, make sure to check the airlines surfboard policy. Each airline has different rules and regulations on sizes, amount of boards, costs, etc. You definitely don’t want any surprises when you get to the airport! For example, recently in 2018, United Airlines decided to wave surfboard fees for anyone flying in and out of the state of California! Go United! Now, just the regular checked bag fee is applied. This went from costing around $200, to just around $35. Check out this guide to airline board bag fees as of 2020.

Choosing the right board

Where are you traveling to? What size are the waves, during the season you will be there? What is the swell forecast predicting? These are all things that are important to take into consideration before packing your board bag! It makes your trip that much better, if you have the right board to enjoy the waves.

Board Bags

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have the right travel board bag! I used to travel around the world, with a double board bag, 1 board and all of my clothes, shoes and belongings packed inside of it. This definitely made for a heavy piece of equipment to lug around. However, I will highly recommend this to someone who only wants to travel with simply a backpack and board bag. This way you don’t need to worry about an extra suitcase to roll around.

When going on a short surf trip, packing a simple board bag is great. I always opt for the double board bag, even if you are only bringing one board. This leaves extra space to package it safely or share the bag with your travel partner’s board!

 

Safely packaging the boards

You have probably heard of board socks, bubble wrap, card board, and the list goes on. There are many different ways I have packed my board over the years..always hoping that I did a good enough job to get it safely to the next destination. However, it would cause me tons of stress leading up to my flight! Now, I have discovered a safe, easy, and eco friendly way of packaging the boards. Checkout Flexi-Hex. They have created sustainable boardsport packaging for boards of all sizes and shapes. It’s as easy as slipping on multiple sleeves, taping it together, and throwing it in the board bag!

Packing the rest

We recommend throwing in a set of straps for car roofs. These will definitely come in handy wherever you go. Don’t forget your leash, wax, fins, fin key, and anything else you may need! Throwing some clothes and towels in your bag are definitely a good idea for some extra padding. Even distribution really helps once you are actually carrying everything!

Weight

Time to weigh your board bag! Make sure the weight is something that you can carry, and is within the airlines surf board guidelines and restrictions.

Extra tip! If you’re packing a board with glass on fins…build up an extra layer of padding between the fins with some foam or polystyrene then wrap some extra padding around this whole area. Pillows, wetsuits and towels work well.

Hopefully this list of tips for traveling with surfboards help you have smooth and easy transportation to and from your destination. Get those boards there in one piece, so you can surf your dream waves!

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