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Living Aloha March/April 2014

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Thank you to supporters and readers By Daniel Betts Can you believe it is already March? Can you believe the next issue of Living Aloha Magazine is on newsstands? Well here we are! We are so very happy to be in your hands right now and can’t wait for you to enjoy all the great articles we have prepared for you in this our second issue. Living Aloha Magazine is written and prepared from the heart, and from our hearts we wish to thank all of you who make this unique publication possible. From our supporters who have acknowledged and recognized the need for a healthy living magazine in Hawaii and to you our readers who have taken the time to sit down and peruse our pages and enjoy our work. Thank You! Living Aloha Magazine is a work in progress, so be prepared to see more in the next and future issues. We are getting better and better. Mahalo nui loa!

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Living Aloha Magazine Issue #2, March/April 2014 Publisher - Carlos Garcia Editor - Daniel Betts Operations Manager Wendy Kathryn Tucker Graphic Design - Andrea Scholz Sales Manager - Carlos Garcia Contributing Authors: Annabel Ruffell Andrea Scholz Denise LaBarre Bodhi Be Wendy Kathryn Tucker Photographers: Cover Photo – Heather Kotok David Randall Ben Harper Ryan Arnoldy Circulation: P.A.I.N. Distribution Phone (310) 488-1911 Living Aloha Magazine P.O. Box 790211 Paia, HI 96779 Phone: (808) 419-6147 Living Aloha Magazine, Issue 2 Volume 1, 2014 published by Living Aloha Magazine, P.O. Box 790211, Paia, HI 96779. Copyright © 2014 by Living Aloha Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this issue may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording for public or private use, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. For subscription or copy inquires please contact the publisher at 808-419-6147.


VIEWPOINT: Hang Loose! By Daniel Betts I am a recent transplant to Hawaii so I continually find myself fascinated by the unique local culture. I was driving through Kahului one day when I witnessed a vehicle suddenly cut off another motorist. In any other American city this would have precipitated an angry exchange, loud horn honking and probably some expletives. Instead the driver of the first vehicle pushed his hand out his window, his fingers formed the shaka sign, and he waved. The driver of the second vehicle pushed out his hand and returned the gesture. The two vehicles went about their business as if nothing had happened, and really nothing had happened. No harm was done and neither driver missed any time. It was like that simple gesture immediately and instantly diffused the entire situation. Mind you I am new to the island, perhaps this is more unusual than I believe, yet I always see the shaka gesture being used with nothing but positive intent, so why wouldn’t it work in this way also. Locals may have found that this exchange is likely commonplace, perhaps normal, but for someone new to the culture I found this exchange particularly fascinating. I think most people, particularly those who have transplanted to the island, would agree that in a city like Los Angeles, those drivers would have exchanged more explicit and angry gestures. However, instead of insulting each other, the terse and sympathetic communication was more like; “Hey, sorry brother, you cool?” To which the other answered, “Yeah, I’m cool.” Done. Who needs all that negativity anyway, right? We certainly don’t need that on Maui. Life is too short. There it is, the essence of Living Aloha. With love and respect, forgiveness is instant and why not, particularly if there has been no harm. After all, wouldn’t we rather be at the beach with our Ohana, making love to our sweethearts or just hanging with our friends? Certainly not wasting our time bickering or swearing. From another perspective there is nothing to be gained by angry expletives – it is a waste of energy. Instead let’s transmute that negative energy into positive aloha and broadcast that energy around us. Aloha friends! Living Aloha Magazine Mission Statement and Vision Living the “aloha lifestyle” is a way to attain optimum health, peace, love, and compassion in yourself so you can spread it to your world. Living Aloha Magazine incorporates all aspects of aloha into our daily lives and features Hawaii as a learning center for how to live aloha. We support the aloha lifestyle through honoring and advocating for all life by elevating consciousness toward healthful living practices that sustain the individual, the community, all animals, and the planet. Our vision is to reflect and promote a compelling aloha culture through this publication creating an outwardly rippling vortex of energy bringing aloha to the wider global community. Living Aloha

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IN THIS ISSUE: Thank You Supporters Page 3 Living Aloha – In Your Body Page 6 Know your food, read the label Page 7 Fostering Health & Wellness Page 8 Online GMO Summit Page 10 Staying Fit and Healthy Page 12 Maui Dance Schedule Page 13 Hefty Aquatic Tourists Page 14 Shaka Movement – Support a Temporary Moratorium of GMO Crops on Maui Page 16 An Interview with Jo-Anne McArthur Page 18 Smooth and Healthy Page 20 Hands on Maui Page 22 Nobel Prize Nomination, President Jose Mujica Page 23 Directory of Wellness & Healthy Living Page 24 New Advertisers Index Page 28 Conscious Sustainable Death Page 30

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Living Aloha would like to give extra thanks to last issues’ cover model, Katja Brandis. Katja leads yoga trainings & workshops celebrating the divine feminine and the earth. www. Photo was taken by husband Ryan Arnoldy, photographer & yoga studio owner of The Studio D.C in Washington, D.C. www. They’ve recently relocated to Maui.


Living Aloha - In Your Body By Denise LaBarre You can “Live Aloha” anywhere, anytime. It’s a quick trip below the neck, back into your body… At first glance, living aloha means treating others with kindness and respect. It can be simple things like letting the other driver in, returning your shopping cart when you’re done with it, and saying “please” and “thank you.” All of that behavior begins with energetically coming into your body, with your breath, your ‘ha’, and feeling from the heart. We spend so much of our lives in our heads, doing and producing and meeting the demands of work and family. We’re socially conditioned this way from a very young age. Socialization has its place. It’s good to learn not to punch people when you are angry. But before and underneath that is our innate ability to BE in our bodies, to feel easily and intensely, and to love with our whole being. It begins and ends with breath. When we are in our bodies, we feel – everything. We feel tired, hungry, sad, angry…whatever is really going on in the moment. That’s how we all started out as babies. As we grow up, we learn that feeling, especially when the feelings are too big and uncomfortable, can be scary and inconvenient. We become good at swallowing down painful emotions and holding on a little tighter each time to keep them down. If you have a deadline to meet and your tired and hungry, you’ve developed the ability to concentrate around those sensations. “Suck it Up” and carry on. You pull the energy into your head, tighten your neck and shoulder muscles and ask your body to run on less and less. But it works… mostly…until it doesn’t. If you find yourself at the end of the day with your neck and shoulders tight as a drum, your body feeling empty and your head feeling like it’s overfull and about to explode, you’ve probably spent the day thinking and breathing minimally. Your energy is out of balance and it feels yucky. You’re missing the ‘ha.’ The solution is simply to catch yourself not breathing - living up in your head -


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and take a full, deep breath to come back into your body. If you have any questions about how to do that, watch an infant or small child. They are the wise teachers we once were ourselves. Try it right now. Take a full breath, letting your belly expand deep and low, and come into your body. Yes, put down the magazine. You can come back later. Feel what’s going on in there. Is your waistband too tight making it hard to take a full breath? What else do you feel? Sensations; they’re underrated and under experienced. And they don’t kill you! It’s amazing to spend a moment in your busy day simply feeling your feet in your shoes, your bum in the chair, and your tongue in your mouth. Your tongue! Imagine what life would be like without your tongue? Aside from not getting to taste spicy food or perfectly ripe fruit, how would you push the food around in your mouth to chew? It’s the strongest muscle in your body. Appreciate what is it to have such a glorious thing as a tongue! The rest of your body is just as amazing. Your fingers let you feel the softness of a baby’s skin; your ears let you hear music that sets your feet tapping; and your heart feels love, sadness, and the palette of emotion that makes you human. When you are able to grieve fully, it’s a bittersweet pain that feels SO MUCH BETTER than bottled-up grief. There’s the pain of loss and also the joy of opening your heart and letting someone matter to you that much. Living Aloha means living fully from your heart and your whole body and it’s available to you now. Take a breath and feel the gift of love that is your birthright. Healing Catalyst, Denise LaBarre, has spent her life intuitively listening to bodies and helping people reconnect within to heal completely. You can read more in her book Issues in Your Tissues: Heal Body and Emotion from the Inside Out and go to her website: for more information about workshops and private sessions. March/April 2014

Know your food, read the labels By Andrea Scholz Pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified foods – the toxins that affect our bodies come from many sources and hide behind clever marketing and labeling whose vague language is supported and protected by our legal system.

marketed as being healthy but upon scrutiny do not present an organic label. With so many healthy foods stores, consumers can easily make generalizations that the foods represented in those stores are “good for us.” It’s easy to assume that something labeled “100 percent natural” is organic, but this is not always the case. It is easy to assume that foods label as non-GMO are organic, but again this is not always the case. I recently looked for organic, ethnic foods and was surprised to find many favorite brands are marketing products as “natural”, “vegetarian” and “gluten-free” yet nowhere on the labeling does the word organic appear. The best option is to plant your own garden, but if that is not feasible, I suggest consumers get to know their local farmers and find out if the products used on their crops are organic. If that is not an option, diligently read the labels on the foods you purchase and bring awareness to what it is that you are putting into your body. Your power as a consumer is the ability to make a healthy choice.

Through synthetic pesticide use on the foods we eat, organophosphates are one of the toxins that enter our bodies. Numerous studies have proven organophosphates attack the nervous system and interfere with brain and nerve development. A Wikipedia search for organophosphate toxicity will provide much more insight to this family of toxins. According to Sandra Steingraber in her most recent book, Raising Elijah, there currently do not exist any governmental regulatory guidelines for safe exposure to organophosphates for in utero fetal development or small children who are much more susceptible to lifelong damage. With the awareness that organophosphates are neurotoxicants that can impair brain development and create learning difficulties, the best course of action to protect our families and ourselves is to intimately know what you are eating and choose foods accordingly. In the last six months, my 15-year-old daughter has stopped eating non-organic foods. As a consumer, looking for foods that meet her organic and gluten-free requirements, I am surprised at how many products are Living Aloha

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Creative Expression: Fostering Health & Wellness By Wendy Kathryn Tucker, MA, ATR, CYT Throughout human history, creative expression has served as a means of communication that ventures far beyond the strictures of relying on the spoken word alone. Anthropological views of why creative expression has endured throughout human evolution support the theories that creativity in its various forms helps human beings cope with the complexities of life. Creative expression has proven its effectual use as a tool for self-inquiry, for communication in group interaction and conflict resolution, and in the diagnosing of personal, communal and global ills. The therapeutic use of art has existed for centuries as a symbolic vehicle to capture the ineffable in an image, a movement, a sound and more. The process of making art allows for self-awareness with the added benefit of investigating and discovering the existential realities of what it means to be human in the seeming uncommunicable vastness of the universe. Experientially, conceptualization, creation and reflection within the creative process, promotes increased awareness of self, others and the world at large, while providing access into greater understanding of the many complex issues surrounding the human experience. For many, art-making is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creatively expressing our individual and collective human experiences. Rollo May, in The Courage to Create, states, “The symbols and myths that emerge from the artist’s vision bring out new meaning, new forms, and disclose a reality that was literally not present before… This is the progressive side of symbol and myth. It is integrative. It is a progressive revealing of structure in our relation to nature and our own existence. By sharing these symbols and myths, the artist helps to shape society’s new reality, enabling all of us to deal with nature and with our existence in more meaningful ways.” Creative expression of individual metaphor encourages individuals to accept the possibility of finding inventive ways in which to understand and communicate their ‘beingness’ in the world, while discovering and applying life-sustaining modes of behavior. David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous) speaks about the creator and the medium in relation to the quality


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of creating art, where the medium is not simply inert matter but instead whatever is Other in the materials continues to live and to breathe…Thus understood, art is really a cooperative endeavor, a work of co-creation in which the dynamism and power of the medium, whether visual, sound, movement, etc, is honored and respected. In return for this respect, the creative medium contributes more-than-human resonances to human culture. The diversity of benefits within art-making has evolved and birthed a credentialed therapeutic discipline, where creative expression facilitates a healing process for individuals seeking an understanding of their own emotional and physical ailments, as well as those of their community and beyond. Expressive Arts Therapy is the discipline of combining various creative mediums like the imagery of visual arts, various movement forms, sound/music, writing, storytelling and drama for the purpose of fostering an integration of emotional and physiological health and wellbeing. The American Art Therapy Association defines the practice of using creative expression in healing as, “… the therapeutic use of art making within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art process and product, people can experience increased awareness of self and others, can better cope with distressing symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities and enjoy the life-enhancing process of making art.” March/April 2014

Expressive arts therapists share the belief that tapping into the imagination through artistic exploration, the individual has a multifaceted means of examining their emotions, cognition and physical body. With this method of exploration, the unique needs of the individual can be supported by the creative modality or modalities that best align with her or his process. These creative modalities are appropriate for all ages and provide a means of communication in addition to the traditional ‘talking’ interventions. Children often lack the vocabulary with which to fully express their experiences. Through image, sound, movement, etc., creative expression can fulfill the need to express in ways that their limited vocabulary cannot. There is no question of the value of art-making in our personal, communal and global experiences. The arts help shape, define and communicate the entirety of what it means to be human. In the eloquent words of Tish McAllise Sjoberg: “The arts have been an integral part of life for humans throughout history. We painted caves and painted our faces and bodies. We danced around the fire singing and playing drums and flutes. We gathered, told stories of our day, of our ancestors, of our dreams through words or actions. Shamans used the arts to heal their communities, through the use of dreams, singing, dancing and stories. Spiritual pursuits throughout history used song, dance and visual arts as a community activity. It has been only in recent times that we as humans have become so separate from art, we began looking at art rather than creating it ourselves. Expressive Arts offers a safe place to reconnect to our art making.’’ Wendy Kathryn Tucker, MA, ATR, CYT, Expressive Arts Therapist, offers general counseling and a variety of creative and nature-based experiences for individuals and groups through her business Awen Arts. The services provided include; expressive arts therapy, creative activities for life enrichment, nature-based experiences and mindful movement such as improvisational dance, t’ai chi ch’uan, chi gong, and yoga. All offerings are designed to support wellness in daily life and during significant life transitions. You can email to awen.arts @


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Online GMO summit attracts big name activists By Daniel Betts It would be very surprising if anyone reading this article has not heard of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The term has been bounced around for more than a few years now, and more and more people are finding out about its influences on our daily lives. In December 2013 another effort was made to expose the world community to this growing concern, when three leading health advocates went to the effort of hosting an online GMO Mini-Summit. Jeffrey Smith, is a leading consumer advocate promoting safe food and exposing the dangers of GMOs. He is also the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), as well as the author of the international bestseller, Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating. Smith teamed up with John Robbins, who walked away from the Baskin-Robbins empire, because he simply didn’t want to devote his life to selling ice cream that he felt was making

people unhealthy. His books, Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution have sold millions of copies. He and his son Ocean, who is the third member of the team, co-founded Food Revolution Network. Ocean Robbins grew up eating healthy food grown on his parent’s property and at the age of 16, co-founded Youth for Environmental Sanity and directed it for 20 years. Ocean Robbins has traveled the world extensively and has first hand experience as to the impact of food on both people and economies. During the summit, some frightening data on the rising rates of chronic illness and food allergies among children was explained by AllergyKids founder Robyn O’Brien, who correlated these statistics with the spread of genetically engineered crops. “Correlation is not causation,” said O’Brien. However, she notes that a correlation of such magnitude should warrant a serious investigation, and called upon the need for GMO labeling in order to establish liability,

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cause cancer and birth defects.

One of the many speakers during this online summit was Dr. Vandana Shiva, the founder of Navdanya (Nine Seeds), a movement of thousands of Indian Farmers who are promoting biodiversity and the use of native seeds. The award winning author of several bestselling books, including The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, informed the summit that when it comes to changing the gene pool with genetic engineering, the very future of life is on the line.

Other speakers included, Arran Stephens CEO of Nature’s Path Foods, Howard Vlieger a third generation farmer who conducted and published a not-so-surprising study on GMO vs natural crops and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D who published a ground-breaking paper on the very serious dangers of the popular herbicide Roundup.

Andrew Kimbrell, a leading public interest attorney and director of The Center for Food Safety explained to the summit how the biotech industry is losing an arms race against super weeds. Massive amounts of weed killers are being used against resistant super weeds on genetically engineered herbicide resistant crops. New crops are being developed that will be resistant to the active ingredient in Agent Orange, a defoliant once used as a chemical weapon known to

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Over 41,000 people signed up for the GMO Mini-summit and all the material, transcripts and presentations are still available online. If interested please visit and enjoy the available broadcasts that address this extremely important subject. Most importantly, spread the word, get engaged, get informed, and get empowered to make a difference.

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Staying Fit and Healthy By Solvei McKenna Here are some ideas you can use to stay fit and healthy. I use them regularly, especially on days I don’t feel so motivated • Inspiration – Inspiration is the best fuel. Find out who and what inspires you to get fit and happy. • Consistency & discipline - Remember, something is better than nothing - take the “all or nothing” attitude out of the equation. It is easier to be consistent when our goals are manageable and not overwhelming. • 3 activities – Pick three things you like to do. And do them. Follow through because it sends a message to yourself and to the world, that you respect yourself! And, in order to stay motivated it is important to do an activity you find somewhat enjoyable. • Comparison trap - Do not compare your insides to someone else’s outsides –You don’t know what they are dealing with. Remember, everybody has challenges in their life. • Positive self-talk –Your body WANTS to be healthy, and greatly welcomes your help and KIND words. Become aware of how you talk to yourself. • Appreciation list – Start a list, ANYTHING can go on that list, as long as it makes you feel good! Keep it with you when you work out. • Send your body a love note – Put light on how well your body functions, here and now. Thank your body for working for your rejuvenation and health 24/7. • Break the beating stick – We respond to nurturing. Nurture your body by feeding yourself appreciation from your appreciation list. Especially when you don’t feel like it! • Give yourself permission to transform – Our innate body is gloriously gorgeous, it’s there under the surface, encourage her to come forth. The muscles are already there - craving to be carved out. Sculpt your body with love. • 50% mental, 50% physical – Where your mind goes, your body will follow.


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• Visualize – Start with smaller manageable goals, and see it with your inner eye. Remember your body is constantly shifting. Help your body by using your mind positively, instead of fighting the progress your body craves. • Patience – You are the artist sculpting your masterpiece, which is you. It doesn’t happen overnight, nothing worthwhile ever does. FIND things you love to do, or at least tolerate and practice loving the process. • Getting your “shine on” – When we train both our body and mind, we radiate Beauty. Feeling beautiful happens when we know we’re doing something good for ourselves, and it shows! • Find the “panther energy” within you – Ferret out from within you the energy, power and grace of your essence. Look to someone or something that inspires you, and has what you crave to feel more of within yourself. • Respect the wisdom in your body – If your body is in discomfort, it has a message for you, it is trying to get your attention, that’s how much it loves you and wants you to be healthy and happy. Let us pay attention, and stop up long enough to actually listen. Solvei has taught yoga for 17 years. Her clientele consists of everyone from celebrities, pro athletes, seniors, youth with addiction problems, housewives, poor, rich, healthy to ill, and ages from 12 - 93. One thing is common for all. No matter how little or how much we have in this world, no matter how young or how old we are, holistic training and yoga enhances our lives! 100%. And it is NEVER too late to start. Easy does it... Living Aloha Magazine is available at over 200 locations on Maui. You can always find them at: Northshore/Upcountry Mana Foods Yoga Shala

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Conscious Dance Beach Dance - 5 Rhythms with Kabba or Masha Tues 6:30 - 8pm at MYS and Sun 4 - 6pm at MUC Hula Hawaiian Chanting with Makame Wed 5:30 - 6:30pm, Hula Wed 6:30 - 7:30 pm at MYS Hot Hula Fitness with Nicole Thurs 4 - 5pm at MYS Tahitian Dance with Mahana Thurs 6 - 7:15pm at MYS Belly Dance Classical and Tribal Fusion Technique with Andria, Mon Basics 5pm - 6:15, Advanced 6:30 - 8pm at MYS Tribal Style Synchronized Group Improv with Emily Axtell, Wed 6 - 7:30 pm Malama Healing Arts in Haiku. Cabaret and folkloric with Mirayah Delamar at SET.

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African Dance Joie Yasha, Tuesday at 6pm MUC

Samba Rada, Thursday 6 pm MUC

Urban Jazz Funk Gentry, Sunday 11:30 - 1 pm at MMA

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Contact Improv Deek Martin and Warren Vail Fri 6:30 - 8pm at MLYS

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Hefty Aquatic Tourists By Daniel Betts They flock to Maui by the thousands every year. Individually they may only stay a couple weeks, enjoying the warm shallow ocean waters, sometimes they hook-up with an eligible bachelor, or sometimes they bring the kids. Yet every year almost 10,000 of them appear. You won’t see them at the hotels and hopefully you won’t meet them on the beach, because that would be very sad. They are our seasonal aquatic guests – the humpback whale. Recently Living Aloha had the opportunity to enjoy a whale watching expedition with the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF). Leaving from the port in Lahaina as the January sun was sparkling off a thankfully calm ocean it didn’t take long before we saw whale sign. “There she blows!” one of our fellow passenger’s cried out with excitement. “One o’clock.” Looking out between the islands of Molokai and Lanai, the distinctive misty spouts shot upward from the ocean surface. Captain Chris quickly directed our speedy conveyance towards the biological marker as all aboard kept their eyes peeled to the horizon. Approaching the area where the spouts had beckoned us, we watched and waited. Had we slid passed them? Did they swim away? “There!” someone cried. As if answering our questions all at once we turned in


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time to see a magnificent humpback whale performing a full breach. Everyone expressed gasps as for a lost moment in time our minds took a snap shot of a giant cetacean exploding from the water and splashing back into the sea mere yards from the boat. It happened so quickly even photographers with cameras at the ready missed the shot. As we all caught our breath, two whales surfaced nearby and in Maui fashion, one of them appeared to lounge on its back, it’s great fins waving at us. Then we were suddenly treated to the whale’s surface ‘grunts.’ “Wow folks,” the PWF naturalist declared with excitement. “This is very rare, we don’t normally get to hear this on the surface. The two whales seemed to keep their distance, however they remained close by and often would wave with their fins or would dive, allowing their large tails to be displayed. The pattern on the tail of each individual

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humpback whale is unique, much like the fingerprints of humans. Our naturalist speculated that we were witnessing a possible courtship and more than a couple passengers wondered if some sub-surface loving was happening out of sight, which was certainly possible according to our naturalist – although the actual act of mating has rarely been witnessed by human eyes. Perhaps whales are as shy as we are when it comes to such things – then again who are we to infringe upon cetacean intimacy in the first place.

mammals, including humpback whales. So far their library has over 6,000 individuals with more photoidentification happening year round. While they enjoy taking folks out on the ocean to view these stunning animals, the Mission of the PWF is to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and what would we be without our oceans – either here in the Hawaiian Islands or the rest of the world?

Our two whales seemed to give all of us plenty of opportunity for pictures and after sticking an underwater microphone below the waves we were able to hear both local and distant whale song – the humpback internet. According to the PWF, this years visitors seem to be as healthy and prolific as ever with the population visiting the waters of Maui continuing their upward trend, which is very good news for those of us who are concerned about the health of our undersea mammalian brothers and sisters. With their headquarters located on Maui, overlooking Ma’alaea bay, the PWF is currently compiling a catalogue of individually identified marine

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Making world history together, starting in March 2014 – Support a Temporary Moratorium of GMO Crops on Maui By the Shaka Movement In 2014 your vote can make a difference!. On February 24th five Maui citizens have stepped up and presented a new law by the people for the people. Now it is our turn to support them. We need 8500 valid signatures by March 31st and another 5000 by mid May to put the citizen’s initiative on the ballot for November 2014. That way the people of Maui will get to vote for a healthy future at the upcoming November election. Everyone who has looked at independent studies on GMOs is alarmed. More and more people are waking up to the health risks we are facing with GMO operations. A Kauai study has shown that birth defects in newborns and many other diseases are on the rise, especially in areas close to the GMO fields. On Maui and Molokai the GE practices are similar. Recently the Kauai GMO and pesticide disclosure bill has revealed that literally tons of 45 different pesticides have been used on the land sterilizing the soil for GMO seed and test crops, of which 22 are restricted use pesticides, creating chemical cocktails that have not been tested for the potential risks to human health. The SHAKA Movement supports the bill to protect Maui Citizens and visitors from GMOs and Pesticide cocktails in air, water and soils. The initiative demands a temporary Moratorium on genetically engineered crops in Maui County until an Environmental Impact Statement is provided and it can be proven that the


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benefits outweigh the risks. SHAKA stands for Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the keiki (children) and the aina (land) and the movement is dedicated to co-creating a thriving, healthy future for the land and the people of Maui and future generations through community building, education and promoting healthy ways of living in harmony with nature. These are the five steps you can take to help: Join the SHAKA movement at, learn more at the website and tell everyone you know about the campaign. •

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An interview with Jo-Anne McArthur, award-winning photojournalist By Annabel Ruffell I first came across Jo-Anne through a documentary called “The Ghosts in our Machine”…where the journey that she is on touched me greatly. She brings awareness to the four animal industries around the world through her beautiful, truthful, honest, sad, and sometimes hard to see photographs that she takes on the front lines. I knew I had to contact her and share her journey here, as I am a huge animal lover and advocate. Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist who has been documenting the plight of animals for over ten years on all seven continents. Her documentary project, “We Animals,” is internationally celebrated, and over one hundred animal organizations, including Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from the use of images from this project. Many organizations have also worked with her closely on campaigns and investigations. Recent awards include: 2013 Compassion for Animals Award; 2011 Canadian Empathy Award; one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” award; Huffington Posts WOMEN’s “Top 10 Women trying to change the world”; one of 20 activists featured in the book “The Next Eco Warrior”; and the “Shining World Compassion Award” by Supreme Master Ching Hai. Jo-Anne and her

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work are featured in the Canadian documentary, “The Ghosts in Our Machine”, and her first book, entitled We Animals and published by Lantern Books, comes out in December 2013. 1) What Journey are You on? My journey isn’t one that I spend much time planning, to tell the truth! In work and life I try to say YES! to as many things as I can and just run with it! It has really worked out so far, though I get a bit run down, but the up side is that I’m also really excited about life too! I did realize, years ago now, that my life journey, and calling, is to use the skills I have to make the world a better place for animals. I do that through photography, and documenting the plight of non-human animals around the globe. I’ve been to all seven continents now to document our uses, abuse and sharing of spaces with animals. I take photos of these complex, and often cruel, relationships so that others can see, learn and change. I think that humans are innately compassionate and that if we can see what goes on behind the closed doors of animal industries, we’ll want to change what’s happening. And so I document the lives of animals in factory farms, fur farms, puppy mills, bear bile farms and many other places where animals are abused, in the hopes that the images will enlighten us and be a part of the movement to right these wrongs. These photo essays and stories make up the We Animals ( project that I’ve been working on for over a decade now. The images have been seen by millions of people around the globe and me and the project are also the subject of a Canadian documentary film called The Ghosts In Our Machine, March/April 2014

which premiered in the USA on November 8, 2013. I’ll keep documenting animal issues as long and I can and disseminating them as well, via organizations, publications, the Internet and through the We Animals Humane Education Programs. I’m on another journey too. It ties in. I try to bring kindness into everything I do. I’m not always successful. But it’s one of my main goals as a human being – to be kind to others. There are a million ways to do it and I’m learning all the time. At the end of my life I’d mainly like to look back and know that I’d been kind. And helped raise awareness about animal cruelty as best as I could. 2) What has been one of your greatest challenges over the years, either with the work that you do or in another area of your life, and how did you overcome it? I’ve been really lucky and I’m blessed with a wonderful family, reasonably good health and lot of love in my life. My greatest challenges are much smaller than what so many people around the world have to live through. Poverty, poor health, living in war and under dictatorships, losing loved ones, etc. I’m privileged and I have a lot of freedom. There are big challenges in my work, to be sure, which are physical and emotional, but I’ve been able to overcome those and I’ve been given a lot of tools and support in order to do so. One particular challenge in my work with We Animals is making the photos as visible as possible. It’s been hard getting these stories out into the main stream because people are resistant to seeing the horrors of animal cruelty at our hands. I need to work really hard to get the images out there, and I need to do it creatively as well. The internet has been incredible in terms of disseminating the images, as have animal organizations around the globe. I’ve also struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which came as a result of spending so much time documenting animal suffering. Leaving animals behind after I’ve photographed them – and I’ve met hundreds of thousands of these animals – is really traumatizing, Living Aloha

because their lives are traumatizing, and I’m not helping them directly. Activists really need to look after themselves and make sure they are balancing the good with the bad, the victories with the sadness. I’ve learned to look after myself a little better by taking more time to enjoy life, family, fun, and therapy helped with the PTSD too! 3) What is your greatest hope for our planet at this time? The continuation of a raised earth and animal consciousness. We are in a bad place because we’ve created so much pollution and such a disconnect between us and the planet and animals. There are too many of us and we are consuming too much of everything, we’re literally devouring the planet, its animals and all of its resources. But we are becoming acutely aware that we’re on a very bad path and that things need to change. I think things are changing. I think more people are fighting for good. My hope is that we collectively change the destructive path we’re on. My hope is that we spend more time teaching empathy and deep ecology, so Photo by jo-Anne McArthur that future generations place kindness and eco-centric living at the fore, rather than the human-centric living we’re doing now. What Journey are YOU on? Annabel Ruffell is the founder of Journey for Earth, a socially conscious media company that shares the personal journeys of inspiring individuals making a positive impact in the world. The intention with these interviews is that they inspire people to take action in any way that they can for our planet – humanity, environment, animals and also to inspire us to be the best that we can be on our journey through life, for ourselves, our community and our world. Many of the interviews are available in video form at March/April 2014


Smooth and Healthy By Daniel Betts I have to admit; I was not one to embrace natural juice smoothies, until recently. This could very well be due to a traumatic childhood experience created by my misinformed but well-meaning father who concocted a beverage he dubbed “Green Drink,” which involved throwing various leafy greens into a blender and adding goats milk.

fering free samples from the device he was selling, which was a top-of-the-line blending machine. I won’t mention the brand because my intent is not to sell you a blender, but instead provoke the idea that natural smoothies has evolved away from the biter tasting, often strangely colored, liquid that required much personal fortitude to consume.

“It’s just like that stuff Luke Skywalker drank in Star Wars,” my foolish father promised.

It was actually my companion that had showed interest in the expensive machine and green colored byproducts it produced. I simply stood by and sighed with impatience while the blending representative went to work, tossing various garden foods in the machine that he was paid to operate.

If this wasn’t bad enough, he also had a wheat grass phase – choking down the dark green bitter juice is not what I would call a happy memory and it certainly didn’t provoke an ongoing interest in natural juiced beverages. Many years later while taking a stroll through Costco of all places, I was more than a little surprised to encounter, and enjoy, a truly tasty fresh juice beverage, which happened to be green in color. Normally I would not have shown any interest in the man of-

The leafy greens went in first. Kale and spinach I believe, which certainly brought back bad memories; I can still hear my father promising that his new drink would be yummy, which clearly it had not been. My skepticism of the stranger behind the counter instantly increased. I’m sure it was healthy, but taste good?


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Then the salesman threw in a banana and part of a lime, including the peel of both. There was also a large slice of pineapple. My skepticism grew with each introduction of a new, albeit natural food item, and I had to question how this seemingly random recipe could possibly produce anything remotely palatable. “I make one of these every morning,” the juice man declared with a smile before starting his machine. I shook my head as my companion watched with fascination, while licking his lips with anticipation. The mixture spun about and pulverized while the machine whirred loudly. A bad joke about a frog entered my mind and I had to contain a smirk. Upon completion the juice man began pouring the resulting concoction, a thick green liquid, into little sample cups. I cringed as my companion grabbed one and downed it like a shot of tequila. “Damn!” my companion declared. “That’s good stuff!” “No way,” I thought. He had to be kidding. This had to be some kind of a setup! There are banana peels in that. The juice man held out the second cup toward me. “Don’t be shy,” my companion urged. “Trust me, it’s good.” What was I thinking? I accepted the cup. Gingerly I brought it up to my face and looked down at the thick green liquid with utter skepticism. I sniffed it then took a hasty taste with the tip of my tongue. Absent the expected bitterness I took a larger tentative gulp. My companion and the juice man were starring at me, their eyes wide with expectation and the hope for much needed validation, particularly on the part of the juice man whose paycheck depended upon turning skeptics into customers. I swallowed and allowed the cold smooth liquid to flow down my throat, the sweet taste igniting my taste buds with tranquil satisfaction. With surprise I looked up, a grin forming on my astonished face, “That is good.” My companion laughed. The juice man grinned confidently, although I recognized the relief in his eyes. What’s the moral of this story? Don’t let past preconceptions bar you from trying something wholesome…healthy doesn’t have to taste bad. Living Aloha

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Tasty News Bite: Hands on Maui Calling all volunteers! The Seventh Annual Volunteer Expo will be held on April 5, at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will kick off National Volunteer Week, a time dedicated to inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to engage in their communities in imaginative ways. Organizations looking to recruit volunteers at this event should contact the County of Maui, Volunteer center, as they are accepting 25 vendor applications for this event. If you are searching for volunteer work, you will find some meaningful opportunities to make a difference during this expo. The event will also include family entertainment and a Volunteer Hero program. Expo participants will nominate one of their outstanding volunteers to receive special recognition from the Volunteer Center. Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Tri Isle Resources & Conservation Development Inc., the County of Maui, Queen Kaahumanu Center, KONI 104.7 FM and many other Maui businesses sponsor this event. For more information go to


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World’s poorest president nominated for Nobel Peace Prize By Daniel Betts He has been described as the world’s poorest president. Rather than living in the official presidential palace, he lives on a ramshackle farm where his laundry is strung out on a line, his water comes from a well and a three-legged dog and two police officers protect him. He gives away much of his presidential pay to charity and lives off a meager income that matches the average for the people of his country. Rather than being chauffeured around in a luxury vehicle, he drives an old Volkswagen Beetle. On February 7, President Jose Mujica of Uruguay, a former member of the Tupamaros guerrilla group and 14-year inmate of a military prison, was nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. His work on legalizing cannabis was cited as the primary factor for receiving the prestigious honor. “I’m very thankful to these people for honoring me,” President Mujica declared following his nomination. “We are only proposing the right to try another path because the path of repression doesn’t work.” In December of 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize the production and sale of Cannabis. President Mujica advocated the contentious legislation as a way to curb illegal drug trade in Uruguay. The law has some very strict provisions, which includes an age restriction, limits to the amount of cannabis grown and sold and the restriction that it cannot be sold to foreigners. The new law will take full effect in April. Since becoming the leader of Uruguay, President Mujica’s policies, which includes same-sex marriage and abortion rights, have made his country the most socially liberal in Latin America. President Mujica believes he is not the least bit poor. In a recent interview he stated that his lifestyle is a result of his “wounds,” and that a poor person is one who needs a lot to live. Highly opposed to the waste of energy, resource or time, the president of Uruguay believes things should be built to last, but acknowledges that such an ideal is unrealistic when living in an age of accumulation. Certainly nobody can deny that President Mujica is a leader that leads by example in an age of waste and overindulgence. Living Aloha

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Living Aloha’s Directory of Wellness and Healthy Living YOGA STUDIOS UPCOUNTRY Maui Wellness Center/ Ananda Sanctuary in Haiku 808-205-0510 Maui Yoga Shala 381 Baldwin Ave Paia, HI 96779 808-283-4123 Haiku Hot Yoga 375 W. Kuiaha Rd. Haiku, HI 96708 808-866-0665 Maui Living Yoga & Spa 161 Hana Highway Paia, HI 96779 808-866-7681 Makawao Yoga 1170 Makawao Ave, Unit 1 Makawao, HI 96768 808-359-2252 Maui Movement Arts 71 Baldwin Ave. Ste D-1 Paia, HI 96779 808-268-7913 Maya Yoga in Huelo 808-268-9426 Wisdom Flow Yoga Jennifer Lynn 808-268-4095



Body Alive Yoga 1995 Main St., 2nd Floor Wailuku, HI 96793 808-987-1928

Maui Yoga & Kickboxing 115 E Lipoa St #202 Kihei, HI 96753 808-463-8811


Kihei Community Yoga 1847 S. Kihei Rd. #103 Kihei, HI 96753 808-269-2794

UPCOUNTRY Deborah Dove Massage 510-292-5990

Maui Yoga Path 2960 S. Kihei Rd. in Kihei 808-874-5545

Reiki Sessions & Training Bill Cox 808-572-4177

Maui Beach Yoga Call for location 808-385-6466 WEST SIDE Bikram Yoga 845 Waine’e Street #204 Lahaina, HI 96761 Island Spirit Yoga 840 Wainee St. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-2111 CENTRAL MAUI Bikram Yoga Kahului 251 Lalo St. Suite A2 Kahului, HI 96732 808-872-2402

Brian Bodyworks & Chiropractic 808-633-6223 Kihei Chiropractic 808-879-0638 Dr. Michael Pierner Chiropractic Care 808-875-4357 Shalandra Abbey Reiki Master, Author 808-280-7704 WEST SIDE Kapalua Spa 808-665-8282

Ho’omana Spa Maui 808-573-8256

Maui Massage & Wellness 808-669-4500

The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage 808-572-1888

Zensations Spa 808-669-0100

Heavenly Pivot Acupuncture Naya Cheung Rice 808-633-1753

Mauli Ola Massage Julie Niemi 808-280-8994

Maui Rolfing 808-344-8025

Hands of Light Coreena 808-268-6807

Anahata Yoga Annette Davidsson 808-359-3181 Living Aloha

Malama Healing Arts Center Massage Therapy & School 808-579-8525


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Complete Chiropractic & Massage R. Charles Lewis 808-283-4322 Galan Sports Chiropractic & Massage 808-344-5066

Living Aloha’s Directory of Wellness and Healthy Living Healing Hands Chiropractic of Maui Anthony Jayswal, D.C. 808-662-4476 Richard Sargent, D.C. Chiropractor 808-667-2040 Ocean LightForce Chiropractic Maui 808-419-6450 lightforcechiropracticmaui. com VanQuaethem Chiropractic 808-667-7700 Len Jacoby, L.Ac Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Herbs 808-662-4808 Reiki with Jenna 408-621-4102 Reiki Maui HI Patricia Gould 808-281-9001 Dr. Nancy Lins, N.D. Naturopathic Physician 808-667-9554 CENTRAL MAUI Spa Luna Massage 808-575-2440 Jeffrey A. Tice, L.Ac Acupuncture 808-281-2727

Karine Villemure Massage Therapy and Clinical Skin Care 808-298-9512

Chatterbox Boutiki 808-873-8446

Maui Therapeutic Massage Dean Nicklaw 808-250-1073 Giselle Peterson 808-283-4047 Green Ti Boutique and Massage 808-242-8788

Quan Yin Family Health 808-242-6761 www.nccoaomdiplomates. com/qyfh Maui Aromatouch Jan Harmon 808-298-1262 I’ao Acupuncture & Spa Christine Asuncion, L.Ac 808-249-8280

Joanne Green Therapeutic Massage 808-344-9344


Bowenwork Maui Jennifer Carey 808-269-3498

Spa Luna Massage School 808-575-2440 Malama Healing Arts Center Massage Therapy & School 808-579-8525

Sabai Massage Therapy 808-463-7734 Wailuku Health Center Andrew M. Janssen, DC Chiropractor 808-572-5599

Sabai Massage School 808-463-7734 Ho’omana Spa Maui 808-573-8256

Erin L. Elster, DC Chiropractor 808-866-6551

The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage 808-572-1888

Roth Chiropractic 808-244-0312 Hale Malu Karine Villemure 808-298-9512

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GYMS & FITNESS TRAINERS UPCOUNTRY Upcountry Fitness 810 Kokomo Rd. Haiku, HI 96708 808-575-7334 Crossfit UpCountry 850 Haliimaile Rd. Makawao, HI 96768 808-281-6925 Anytime Fitness 3390 Old Haleakala Hwy Pukalani, HI 96768 808-633-6463 In Home Personal Trainer Functionalty / Core Training Marco 310-367-6002 SOUTH SIDE The Gym Maui 300 Ohukai, B 202 Kihei, HI 96753 808-891-8108 Valley Isle Fitness Center 41 E. Lipoa St. Kihei, HI 96753 808-874-2844 Reps-Training Center 161 Wailea Ike Pl. Wailea, HI 96753 808-875-1066


Living Aloha’s Directory of Wellness and Healthy Living Maui Family YMCA 250 Kanaloa Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 808-242-9007

Down To Earth Market 305 Dairy Rd Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-2661

Down To Earth Market 305 Dairy Rd Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-2661

Body in Balance 142 Kupuohi St. Building # F2 Lahaina, HI 96761 808-661-1116

Curves 180 Wakea Ave., #1 Kauhului, HI 96732 808-877-7222

Alive & Well 340 Hana Hwy. Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-4950

Coconut Glen’s Ice Cream Vegan Ice Cream On the road to Hana mile marker 27.5 808-248-4876

Crossfit State of Mind 219 Kupuohi St. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-446-6007

Cross Fit RFM 1790 Mill St. Wailuku, HI 96793 808-298-5604

Team Beachbody Laura T. Pelayo 808-298-6288

Gold’s Gym-Wailuku 871 Kolu St., # 103 Wailuku, HI 96793 808-242-5773


Lahaina Cross Fit Megan Hildebrand 219 Kupuohi St. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-286-9422 Kapalua Spa Thomas Ockerman 808-665-8282 CENTRAL MAUI 24 Hour Fitness 150 Hana Hwy. Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-7474 Maui Jewell Fitness 65 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Unit 10 Kahului, HI 96732 808-214-2929


Whole Foods Market 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 808-872-3310 VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RAW FOOD RESTAURANTS Choice Health Bar 1087 Limahana Pl. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-661-7711

Maui Sports Conditioning 530 E. Uahi Way Wailuku, HI 96703 808-357-1303 NATURAL FOOD MARKETS

Fresh Mint 115 Baldwin Ave. Paia, HI 96779 808-579-9144

Mana Foods 49 Baldwin Ave. Paia, HI 96779 808-579-8078

Maui Kombucha 810 Kokomo Rd #136 Haiku, HI 96708 808-575-5233

Hawaiian Moons 2411 South Kihei Road. Kihei, HI, 96753 808-875-4356

Veg-Out 810 Kokomo Rd. Haiku 96708 808-575-5320,

Farmer’s Market 3636 Lower Honoapiilani Lahaina, HI 96761 808-669-7004

Farmer’s Market 3636 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-669-7004

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VEGAN/VEGETARIAN CHEFS/CATERING Body Temple Gourmet Brook Le”amohala & Ava Raw Vegan Chef & Instructor 808-250-6578 Indian Vegan Catering Manju - 808-281-0571 Angel Green Certified Gourmet & Pastry Raw Vegan Chef & Instructor 808-866-0857 Jessica Qsar Health Supportive Chef & Wellness Coach 808-264-4939 Coreena-Raw Foods Chef 808-573-9087 Macrobiotic Hawaii-Oahu Chef Leslie Ashburn ANIMAL CARE / VETERNARIANS Leilani Farm Sanctuary 260 East Kuiaha Road Haiku, HI 96708 808-298-8544

Living Aloha’s Directory of Wellness and Healthy Living BooBoo Zoo East Maui Animal Refuge 25 Maluaina Place Haiku, HI 96708 808-572-8308

Banyan Tree House Bed & Breakfast 3265 Baldwin Ave. Makawao, HI (808) 572-9021


Pacific Primate Sanctuary 808-572-8089

Maui Wellness Center/ Ananda Sanctuary in Haiku 808-205-0510

Kula Fields Produce Delivery 808-280-2099

West Maui Animal Clinic 232 Lahainaluna Rd. 808-662-0099 Eco Dogs & Cats MAUI RETREAT CENTERS Heart Path Journeys 470 Kaluanui Rd. Makawao, HI 96768 808-243-7284 Lumeria Maui Retreat Center 1813 Baldwin Ave Makawao, HI 855- 579-8877

Island Fresh Delivery 808-664-1129

Hale Akua Garden Farm 110 Door of Faith Rd. in Huelo 808-572-9300 Palms at Wailea 3200 Wailea Alanui Dr. Kihei, HI 96753 888-901-4521

FARMER’S MARKETS Upcountry Farmers Market Kulamlu Town Center 55 Kiopaa St. in Pukalani Kahului Farmers Market Saturday, 7 AM to 1 PM 310 W Ka’ahumanu Ave in Kahului, 808- 244-3100

Halemano Hana Highway in Kipahulu 808-248-7071 Ala Kukui 4224 Hana Hwy in Hana 808-248-7841 Temple of Tantra 1371 Malaihi Rd in Wailuku 808-244-4921

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Maui Grocery Service 808-283-3135

Lahaina Honokowai Farmers Market Mon/Wed/Fri 7 AM to 11 AM 3636 Lower Honoapi’ilani Lahaina - 808- 669-7004 Hana Fresh Farmers Market Monday, 3 PM to 6 PM Thursday, 11 AM to 3 PM 4590 Hana Highway in Hana ECO FRIENDLY HOMECARE Green Room Organics Ecofriendly Cleaning Service 808-333-9423 SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS Rising Sun Solar 808-575-2202 Haleakala Solar 808-871-8654

Kihei Farmers Market Saturday, 8 AM to 12 Noon 95 Lipoa St. in Kihei 808-357-4564

Sun King Solar & Water 877-786-5464

Makawao Farmers Market Wednesday, 10 AM to 5 PM 3654 Baldwin Ave in Makawao

Sunetric 808-242-2722

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New Advertiser Index Living Aloha proudly presents our latest sponsors! Island Fresh Delivery – Home produce delivery Looking for fresh fruits or veggies, but don’t have the time to search the island for organic produce? Island Fresh will create a variety pack of fruits and veggies from local farms, based on what is in season, and deliver it to your door. Choose the price plan that best meets your needs, and receive your delivery of product on the same day each week. For more information visit or call (808) 664-4744. Makawao Yoga Warm and welcoming, Makawao Yoga is a place where both international and local yoga communities meet and grow. Meet their knowledgeable and passionate teachers who create yoga classes, workshops and trainings that keep their students inspired. They will meet you exactly where you are today and invite you to live an extraordinary tomorrow. For information visit or call (808) 359-2252 or Email

Ananda Sanctuary/Maui Wellness Center Beautiful North Shore yoga studio available for rent. They offer a large hard wood floored studio with ocean views in Huelo (near Twin Falls). The space has amazing energy & is only a half-mile from a few magic waterfalls! Maui at its best! For information visit Maui Mobile Music Lessons Want to learn how to play the piano, trumpet or ukulele in your home? Maui Mobile Music Lessons (MMML) is a company designed to develop musicians. MMML students learn how to play and appreciate music through weekly private lessons. Students receive weekly lesson assignments and they may contact their instructor throughout the week for help and advice. The MMML philosophy is to customize a lesson plan for each student enabling them to work towards their personal goals. For more information visit or call (912) 695-3252

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Doorway into Light Offering physical, emotional and spiritual support, assisting families with end-of-life care, home funerals, direct burial, ocean body burial and direct cremation, often working closely with the local hospice, funeral homes and cemeteries, Doorway into Light has been active since 2006. They offer community education workshops and presentations for those who wish to explore their own approaching death, or to enrich their path in service to the dying. Topics include spiritual caregiving, tools for approaching death, the ‘greening’ of the funeral industry, home funerals, advance directives and more. For more information visit or call (808) 573-8334

Leilani Farm Sanctuary Leilani Farm Sanctuary, located on a lush 8-acre farm in Haiku, Maui, is home to chickens, cats, goats, rabbits, donkeys, peahens, pigs, deer, and ducks. The sanctuary is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to provide shelter and care for rescued animals, and humane education to the community. The sanctuary is truly a paradise for animals who have been rescued from a life of deprivation and have an opportunity to enjoy a bit of heaven right here on earth! Tours Wednesdays at 4pm and Saturday at 10am. For more information visit www.leilanifarmsanctuary. org or call (808) 298-8544 Silversword Services Need a Graphic Designer? Need a Writer? Experienced in both print and web, we will transform your idea into a beautiful print or online publication. We build ads, business cards, brochures, rack cards, business folders, logos and branding. We write web content, social media blurbs, news articles, advertorials, training manuals… even books. For more information visit or call (808) 280-4240

Peter Hofmann Massage Specializing in neuromuscular therapy, dealing with soft tissue injuries and pathologies, (rotator cuff, sports or work injuries, whiplash, etc.) postural imbalances, (forward head, scoliosis, rounded shoulders, etc.) and any kind of fasciitis, Peter Hofmann has studied Lomi-Lomi massage under Maka’ala Yates, and several other masters, and is proficient in the use of hot stones (the bones of Pele). For more information call (808) 298-8971

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Conscious sustainable death By Bodhi Be Seeing the first Living Aloha publication, I searched to find its intention and scope of topics. Why, I wondered, is there no mention of death and dying as fields ripe for bringing sustainable practices, consciousness and attention to? It’s the elephant in the room, and not including it in our quest to bring consciousness and sustainability to everything, we continue the avoidance, denial and aversion prevalent in a culture that is “eating” the world. Is there a connection here? Does a healthy life include its death? Do sustainable systems include the cycles of dying, death and rebirth? Of course they do. A healthy, living relationship to our own approaching death is essential to the ways we relate to all other life as well as essential to having a real sense of time itself. Why is the most known thing; that we will die and we don’t know when; the least known about thing, and the least discussed? Do we really imagine that only

other people die next week? Approximately 400 people die of accidents in the US every single day. That means that 400 of us woke up this morning having no idea it was our last day alive. Even though we’ve mostly become jaded by statistics of death, violence in the movies, etc., our lives can be completely altered by the news of one single person we knew who has suddenly died or was given a terminal diagnosis. Something happens to us when death comes that close. Then too, while we know we will one day die, why are we shocked and shaken when we find out we’re dying? Do we have some sense of entitlement in this country that we deserve and are entitled to 80 years and that’s what constitutes a full life? Is death a mistake, a medical failure, a biblical punishment for having sinned? Or are all of these, and more, further evidence that we have lost our connection to all life and feel somehow immune and above natural laws acting out throughout creation. Having been kicked out of the garden, no longer at home with God, we have become homeless and orphans. We hear dying people talk about going home. Are we home here or not? This is an essential question. If this is not our home we may continue to treat it as such. We may live to see the day when everyone drives an electric car and eats organic food, but unless we heal our relationship with death we will continue to eat the world. After all of my experience in this field I highly recommend looking at these issues now than when serious grief is upon you. These types of decisions are even harder to analyze when your emotions and rational decisions are highly affected by losing a loved one. Bodhi Be is a teacher, guide and minister in a universal Sufi lineage; an independent funeral director, the executive director of Doorway Into Light, the founder and president of Doorway Into Light’s The Death Store, Hawaii’s first certified green funeral home, and an off-thegrid organic homesteader on Maui. More information can be found at


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Hawaii's only real health publication