Mongoose: Hawaii's weasel.
Introduced to the Islands in the late 1800's to control the rats, also brought on ships. Good plan except mongoose are out in the day and rats are out at night. Hungry, the mongoose kills many of the native birds instead. Mongoose are on all the islands except Lanai and Kauai which might be why there are so many roosters on Kauai.
Maui welcomes visitors with aloha but selfish, thoughtless behavior will change that every time.
No more ugly Americans - These rules apply across the world and even in your home town.
1) CONTROL YOUR CHILDREN Your screaming, splashing kids might be cute to you but not to those of us getting water splashed in the face or trying to relax at the pool. Along those lines we don't want your little one hanging over the booth watching us eat and the wait-staff doesn't want them running around the restaurant while they are trying to balance hot plates and full drinks.
There are so many tours that are great for kids but many aren't. Don't choose activities you know are beyond your children interest or ability. Holding up a group while you try to coax your scared child to join in is thoughtless to the group and your little one. Maui is a wonderful place to bring your children but it's also an adult play ground too.
2) Spend the extra money and BUY REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN! The Hawaiian reefs are being killed by many of the ingredients in regular sun screen and once the coral is dead it doesn't come back. This is a really big deal and will soon be illegal to wear anything else.
3) NO ROAD RAGE Maui is a mellow place and bringing you're stressful, aggressive driving skills from home takes that away in a split second. Stop at crossings and let people walk across. Stop honking. Slow down, take a deep breath and breath in the island spirit.
4) TIP YOUR SERVER I know Maui is incredibly expensive and adding a 15%-20% tip to every meal seems excessive but it is part of the cost of a meal. Servers pay taxes on projected tips that they may or may not receive. I realize tipping in not done in most of Europe but it is expected in the USA. When in Rome, do as the Roman's and when in Maui - tip your servers and guides.
5) You came to Maui to have an island experience so don't demand everything to be just like home. You are a guest on the island and it behoves you to act like one. BE GRACIOUS AND POLITE. Don't snap at the worker at Safeway because they don't stock the same yogurt as at home. Don't give unsolicited advice. Don't endlessly complain because the service isn't fast enough or the food isn't prepared the same as home. Nobody really cares. People living here want a relaxed lifestyle and jumping to your commands just doesn't fit in.
6) Enjoy your Mai Tai's but leave the driving to us DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE Uber is available through out the island. There is also an open air ride service called Turtle Tracks that can get you around Kihei. Fun, cheap and much safer than driving.
7) LEAVE THE ISLAND ON THE ISLAND Get your souvenirs at an ABC Stores not the beach. If every one of the 3 million tourist took home a handful of sand, a piece of coral or a cool rock the beaches would be bare. It is also bad juu-juu and your fellow plane riders will appreciate not crashing into the ocean.
8) No matter where you are in the WORLD - DON'T LITTER Pack it in - Pack it out is the code of good hikers everywhere: make it yours. This is especially true with smokers. Burying your butts under the sand doesn't mean they aren't there. Recycle. Use a refillable water bottle. I hate to see the white packing peanuts on the beach and I'll bring a bag to pick up in my early walks.
9) DO NOT TOUCH THE TURTLES Sea Turtles are not a Disneyland ride and you are not the little mermaid. Riding on their backs can kill them. Following them around to get the perfect selfie is harassment, illegal and immoral. I've watched tourists circle a turtle, blocking her escape without even realizing what they were doing. They are also able to get off the sand without your help. I know they look like they're stuck but they aren't. Let them rest. Watch them from a distance - stay 10 feet away. It's fascinating to watch them eat at the rocks and to swim with them at a distance. Consider these are living beings and treat them with respect.
10) DO NOT TRESPASS. I think this is the number one complaint of locals, especially when it comes to sacred sites. Trespassing is against the law, rude and potentially dangerous. There are reasons for signs. The gentle stream might be in a flash flood area, sneaker waves can pull you across the lava and into the ocean. The rock formation is really somebodies alter and the hiking trail is somebodies yard. The signs are there for a reason, respect them.
If you want to be a good tourist, a welcomed guest everywhere you go follow my mom's golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
There's more than one way to get ripped on your Maui vacation. One will give you a headache but one can take your life.
Read the warning signs and warning flags:
Green Flag - Go !
Yellow Flag - Think twice
Purple Flag - Dangerous marine life
RED FLAG - Stay OUT!!!
If you get caught in the current in Maui don't panic. Fighting currents will exhaust you and this is a primary reason for drownings. If you're being pulled out go with it. Don't struggle, swim with the current parallel and the direction of the waves along the beach. The current itself will bring you back in. You might be a mile down the beach but you'll be safe.
Watch for lines of sandy, brown water heading out from the beach. The under tow is pulling the sand away from the beach. Another sign is calm, clear water that separates the waves. Though it looks like a great place to get in be aware of a possible strong current.
Ask the locals working at the sandwich shops, dive shops or ABC store. They'll know where to avoid. Be safe.
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The road to Hana has 617 hairpin curves over a total distance of 52 miles that’s about 11 curves per mile and a lot of tummy rumbling. Lots of places to pull over, catch your breath and sightsee but sometimes you need something more. I've gathered these suggestions off of Facebook from fellow travelers. My daughter gets sick on regular roads and loved the Hana Tonic which is sold all over. We found it at ABC stores.
When you pull over to explore a water fall or rest your tummy choose wisely. If the sign says no parking there is a reason and even if others are stopped keep going. Remember what your mom said when you told her everybody's doing it? Don't be stupid because somebody else is.
Mele Kalikimaka In Hawaii
As I'm sure you can guess, Christmas came with the Christians, The Protestant missionaries who arrived in 1820 introduced the story and celebration of Jesus's birth but long before the Hawaiian had a 4 month celebration with the essence of peace and goodwill and all wars were forbidden. The early Hawaiians were a brutal group so getting them to all agree to a temporary truce was an early Christmas miracle.
Mary Dominis brought a Christmas tree and Santa Claus or Kanakaloka to the Hawaii's first Christmas party on the 24th of December 1858. King Kamehameha IV declared in an official holiday in 1862.
We can now enjoy decorations and lighting ceremony's throughout all the islands. A real stand out is at the Grand Wailea in South Maui which is available to the public. For those so lucky to be in Maui for Christmas - Enoy.
It sickens me to think of the reefs of living coral dying due in part to the sunscreen that's protects our skin. Congratulations to Hawaiian Airlines for getting into the solution!
This is copied from Hawaiian Airlines web site:
There has been a forty percent decline in Hawai‘i’s coral reefs since 2011. Pollutants play a role in this loss, including the more than 6,000 tons of sunscreen that end up in Island waters every year.
To help minimize the impact of sunscreen on our reefs, Hawaiian Airlines has teamed up with Raw Elements, a certified natural, chemical-free, reef-safe sunscreen company. As part of this reef preservation initiative, in April we are debuting a new inflight video — Reefs at Risk — on all North America widebody flights. Also during April, our flight attendants are providing a complimentary sample of Raw Elements’ “Eco Formula” sunscreen on all flights from North America to Hawai‘i. Guests will have the option of purchasing a regular bottle of the reef-safe sunscreen through the month of August at an exclusive, discounted price from our inflight Pau Hana cart.
This campaign supports Hawaiian’s ongoing sustainability initiatives and reinforces our commitment to protect our Islands’ pristine natural resources. Hawai‘i is a very special place, and we believe it is our kuleana, or responsibility, to care for our home,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. “Through our exclusive partnership with Raw Elements, we encourage guests to join us in reducing our impact on these delicate coral ecosystems.”
While visiting Maui is enjoyable no matter what language you speak, knowing some of the basic words and popular phrases can make your trip even better. Bes
Deepen your experience and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with a few easy phrases. The Hawaiian Alphabet is not too difficult. Think of this: There are only 13 letters. 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 7 consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w), and a “symbol” the ‘okina ( this symbol is a pause like the brief pause you hear when saying the word: ‘uh-oh.’ )
Feel the love of the Hawaiian culture -
Aloha (Hello and goodbye)
Mahalo (Thank you)
Kanaka (Native Hawaiian)
Kama’aina (Child of the land, but means, “local”)
Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)
A hui hou (Until we meet again)
Ka moana (The ocean)
Ka wa’a (canoe)
Hui! (Hey you – politely)
A ‘o ia! (There you have it)
Honu (Green sea turtle)
Kohola (Humpback whale)
Maui No Ka Oi (Maui is the best!!)
Airbnb's are not always what they apple to be....
When I was shopping for a vacation rental condo I would fly into Maui for a day or two as new units came on the market and I booked a room through Airbnb. I've done this in New York, Rome and Serranto and couldn't have asked for better. Great locations, great prices and local advice from the owners who lived there.
So when I was staying over night in Maui I thought, "Why Not?". I choose women owners, with cleaning, modern condos. The ad implied I'd be sharing the condo with the owner and though I was a single woman I felt safe staying with somebody in their own house, especially another woman. The truth was terribly disappointing.
The "owners" had rented apartments - not condo's, put locks on the bedroom doors and rented the rooms out to different people. The living room area was blocked off and the kitchen empty except for a coffee pot and paper cups. Really weird and really uncomfortable. I found myself sharing space - including the bathroom - with strangers who had no connection to the unit. I feel fortunate the others were quiet and stayed in their own rooms.
These Airbnb's were "illegal", meaning in complexes that don't allow vacation rentals. In Maui, a vacation rental property has a different zoning than a residential complex. A vacation rental complex often has a front desk, social activities open to guests and more security. But to me the biggest difference in an illegal unit is the people living in the complex don't want you there. Would you want strangers in and out every fews days on your street?
Illegal Airbnb's can be be huge money makers. I paid $100/night in a three bedroom apartment and if all three rooms were filled the woman made around $9000/month. That much money is a great incentive but morally and socially wrong. Each illegal unit takes away available housing for local people and lack of available, affordable housing is a huge problem in Maui. I want to be part of life solutions, not problems.
How to avoid illegal Airbnb's? There are good people who want to share their homes with you. Here are some rules to avoid the bad ones.
Hawaii isn't the only place Sunscreen's are being banned. Reef-safe only !!
From BBC News:
Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs.
The government has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals.
Researchers believe that these ingredients are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching.
The ban comes into force in 2020.
In a statement, Palau's President Tommy Remengesau said the ban, which would see fines of $1,000 (£760) for retailers who violated the law, was timely.
"The power to confiscate sunscreens should be enough to deter their non-commercial use, and these provisions walk a smart balance between educating tourists and scaring them away."
How do sunscreen products harm corals? Scientists have been raising concerns about the impacts of sunscreen products on marine life for many years.
They are particularly worried over the role of two ingredients called oxybenzone and octinoxate. These are used as sun protection factors as they absorb ultraviolet light.
However, they are believed to make coral more susceptible to bleaching. Research published in 2015 showed that the oxybenzone could stunt the growth of baby corals and was toxic to several different coral species in laboratory tests.
"Oxybenxzone is probably the baddest actor out of the 10 chemicals that have been banned," said Dr Craig Downs, an expert on the impacts of sunscreens on marine life.
"It causes corals to bleach at lower temperatures, and it reduces their resilience to climate change."
Dr Downs says that when there's a disastrous event like mass coral bleaching, reefs should recover over the following years. That has not been happening in many parts of the world.
"Life doesn't scramble back in where there are tourists," said Dr Downs. "The juvenile phase of coral are more susceptible to chemical pollution than adults. That's why we see these areas not coming back."
"They are coral reef zombies. Only the adults are left and it's only a matter of time before they go."
How much of a threat does sunscreen pose?Researchers say that the biggest threat to coral reefs is climate change, with estimates that 90% of reefs will succumb to rising temperatures by 2050. The second biggest threat is the suffocating threat posed by algal blooms, triggered by the runoff of nutrients from sewage and farming. Sunscreen is now seen as one of a number of other, lesser threats including ocean acidification.
How widely used are the banned sunscreen chemicals?It has been estimated that between 6-14,000 tonnes of sunscreen wash off people and go into reef areas every year. Researchers say that several thousand sun protection products contain the two most threatening chemicals.
Five years ago it was estimated to be in around 75% of products. Experts now say it's found in about half of creams and lotions.
Right now the US Congress is looking at legislation to ban oxybenzone, based on the threat it poses to human health.
Why Palau and why now?Palau is located in the western part of the Pacific ocean. It is made up of one large volcanic island and several smaller coral reef associated islands. Despite its small size, it has often taken big steps in protecting the environment.
In 2015, it designated almost its entire ocean territory as a marine protected zone. Very aware of the threats of climate change, Palau became the second nation in the world after Fiji to ratify the Paris climate agreement in 2016.
When it comes to coral reefs, the island nation has largely avoided the negative impacts of extensive coastal erosion from agriculture, pollution and rampant overfishing that have affected reefs elsewhere.
The ban on sunscreen products means Palau is determined to fight any threat to the reefs, which are visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Prof Jörg Wiedenmann, who studies coral ecosystems at the University of Southampton, UK, said: "It is a sensible precaution to prevent the exposure of the vulnerable corals from the potential threats by sunscreen products in these places.
"However, reefs cannot be saved by banning sunscreens alone. There are more destructive drivers of reef decline such as sea water warming, overfishing, nutrient enrichment and pollution that need to be controlled to halt the ongoing degradation of reef ecosystems."
Has anyone else looked to ban sunscreen with these ingredients?Yes - several regions have imposed bans, including the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean and the US state of Hawaii which passed a law earlier this year. Mexico has banned sunscreen in nature reserves.
The Palau restriction is set to be the most comprehensive yet, covering 10 chemicals. They include four that have an antimicrobial effect but have also been shown in the scientific literature to act as endocrine disruptors.
Experts say that dozens of other countries may now look to replicate the Palau ban.
Are there alternatives that don't contain these chemicals?Yes, there are alternatives that don't include the two key chemicals that are being marketed as "reef-safe". But some scientists argue that the term is not legally enforceable, and there is no compulsion on manufacturers to demonstrate that their products don't harm coral.
Dr Craig Downs says the first line of protection against the sun should be clothing with built-in sun protection.
"From a conservation point of view, if you wear a sun shirt, you are reducing the sunscreen load by 50%. That's a major conservation victory."
Another approach would be to use mineral-based sunscreen, such as non-nanosized titanium oxide or zinc oxide.
How are sunscreen manufacturers reacting?Many of the larger corporations are against a ban on sunscreen products, saying that the evidence of a detrimental impact on coral is not strong enough.
"The big boys are fighting it. Johnson & Johnson and L'Oreal don't seem to be on board," said Dr Downs.
"But much of the rest of the industry have already come out with what they are calling 'Hawaii-compliant sunscreen', and it is a big marketing boost for them."
A group of manufacturers have formed what they call the Safe Sunscreen Council. They welcomed the move.
"Palau's move to ban ingredients that have been know to cause damage to coral reefs is the right things to do," said Caroline Duell from the council.
"Hopefully, by Palau taking leadership on this issue, not only will they protect their sacred and economically key coral reef network, but they will show the world that it's time to change the way we think. There are many alternatives for sunscreen and personal care products that are safe, effective and enjoyable to use."
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.