Friday, February 10, 2017

How to be the Perfect Pet Parent

Congratulations you're a pet parent!!
No matter if this is your first or fourth fur-baby (fish, fowl and reptiles included) it's always helpful to go over what it takes to be the perfect pet parent.
1. Be prepared. How well do you know the breed or pet you are taking home? Do you know the common health issues that may arise in the future? Are you able to afford food, spay or neuter, shots, and toys? Saving $10-20 each paycheck can help alleviate these expenses. Some veterinarians offer a pet insurance program with low co-pays that cover routine shots and visits. Remember, a healthy pet is a happy pet.
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Noni: A Powerful Antibacterial Agent

We all have heard how noni is a powerful antibacterial agent. But how can noni accomplish this? Read on my friends! Let's go into depth regarding the wondrous properties of noni: a powerful antibacterial agent.

First of all what does antibacterial mean?

Antibacterial is anything that destroys bacteria or inhibits bacteria's ability to grow or reproduce. Sounds like our immune system doesn't it? Mother nature is so amazing!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Noni: Natural Relief for Shingles

Approximately 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime. This is because shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus which is also responsible for chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant ready to reactivate becoming the shingles virus.
Good news! The majority of the time, when someone recovers from shingles they don't get it again. In the meantime, below are some suggestions to help you to a speedy recovery!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Albatross Breeding Season Draws to a Close
Every year around mid-July comes a bittersweet time for our family farm. The Laysan albatross chicks, who we’ve watched grow from egg to awkward fledgling, will soon be taking off on a 3000 mile journey.

The albatross have made their nesting grounds on our land since long before we arrived in 1982. Every year, adolescent and adult Laysan albatross return to the place they were born to gather together, engage in courtship, and mate.

They’re an important part of our farm, reminding us of the power of home and family, the rewards of perseverance, and the ability of nature to design amazing things. We’re lucky enough to have two of nature’s gems, Laysan albatross and Noni fruit, in abundance on our land.

From Birthplace . . .

This batch of Laysan albatross hatched in late January, one egg to each pair of albatross. After their egg hatches, both the male and the female fly back and forth to the cold, rich waters off the coast of Alaska.

They eat and partially digest squid, fish, and other prey near the surface, and fly home to the chick. The chick eats the regurgitated stomach oil.

By the time mid-July comes around, the chicks have grown from 7 ounce balls of fluff to 4-5 lb juveniles. Their feathers have mostly changed from fluffy grey baby down to the black and white feathers of adults, although there are usually still some silly-looking tufts of grey feathers. This means they’re ready to fly.

Soon, this year’s chicks—including your favorite, Blossom—will take flight and begin their 3000 mile journey. At least one of the parents of each chick will return to Kauai for the last time this season. They’ll spend the day grooming their chick, getting all ready for the big takeoff. Then, when the Trade winds are high, the chicks will take off into the wind and start the voyage.
Their destination? The cold, squid-filled waters off the coast of Alaska.

Read the full version to learn about the journey to the Coast of Alaska

. . . and Back Again

No one is sure how these remarkable birds find their way home after so many years at sea, but every year near the start of winter, familiar breeding pairs return to the island. About a month later, they are joined by a number of juveniles who are ready to start looking for a mate.

Their accuracy is amazing. There’s another colony of Laysan albatross just a few miles north of us at Kilauea point, but these birds come back to our land, where they were born.

The juveniles watch the adults, and start slowly choosing mate. They mate for life, so it’s a very important decision! So far, the colony on our land has 19 breeding pairs, and the number is increasing all the time.

When the juveniles are about 7 years old, they return with the other breeding pairs and start mating for life. The whole cycle begins anew each season, and we feel so privileged to be witnesses to it.

We’ll keep you updated on the chicks—especially Blossom—and let you know when they start their journeys northward. We should still have a few weeks with them, and we plan to treasure every opportunity to appreciate these amazing creatures.

7000 Gallons: Watering a Small Organic Farm
Organic farming is dependent upon hundreds of natural cycles—large and small. Nutrients, pests, pollinators, sunshine, water, and more come and go, impacting the plants’ ability to grow and produce healthful, nutritious fruits.

Noni in particular is a product of where it was grown. Abundant sunshine, nutrients, pollinators, and water work together to support Noni’s amazing healing properties.

We’re lucky enough to be situated on Kauai, where sun, pollinators, and nutrients are available year-round. Water is available year-round too, but it can be difficult to get it in the right place at the right time.

Our farm needs a lot of water—as most farms do. We use about 7000 gallons of water each day to water our Noni trees. So where do we get it?

Irrigation: A Question of Access and Control

The 7000 gallons of water needs to arrive consistently. It also needs to be gradual, rather than all in a rush. And all of it needs to go directly to the trees, rather than spreading out across our land.

The Water Cycle is nature’s way of distributing water on our planet. If you need a refresher on the Water Cycle, check out this image from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

You can see that the main sources of water on land are:
  • Precipitation
  • Stream flow and freshwater storage
  • Ground-water discharge


Hawaiian Organic Noni is located on a part of the island that gets lots of precipitation in the form ofrain. The problem is, rain can be hard to predict and control. Since we’re running a business, we need a water source that we can manage.

Stream Flow and Freshwater

We get plenty of runoff from the high grounds of Kauai as it flows to the ocean, but it’s not consistent. We can’t control how much water is available, or where that water goes.

Ground Water Discharge

Water that is trapped underground slowly works its way up through springs, or is pulled out of the earth using wells. Over time, rainwater seeps into the ground to replenish the ground water.

But pumping water out of the ground uses a lot of electricity. It can be expensive and very inefficient.

So how can a small, family-owned farm get access to and control over the water they need?

Click here for the full version and read about our Search for a Source

Control: Responsible Stewardship

We settled on using solar voltaic pumps to pull water from drilled wells on our land. The solar panels absorb and convert sunlight into energy, which then powers the pumps.

We pull the 7000 gallons of water we need out of the ground and distribute it among our Noni trees. The trees take the water they need, and the rest seeps back down into the water table.

It’s very important for us to collect runoff so the water can seep back into the water table, to be used again later. Many farmers simply drain these underground resources, which take thousands of years to refill.

We think of ourselves as stewards of our land, which means that we have a responsibility to protect, nourish, and preserve the resources of our farmland. This especially includes water.

We re-use water and collect runoff so this resource will continue to feed us and our Noni trees for many years to come.

Sustainability: A Long Future of Healthy Noni Trees

The result is happy, healthy Noni trees. Most Noni trees only produce fruit 10 months out of the year. Ours haven’t stopped producing once in the last 8 years. Happy trees produce healthful Noni fruit, packed with beneficial compounds and enzymes to help the body heal.

In order to bring our family and you, our extended family of customers, nutritious, powerful Noni products, we conserve energy, save money, and preserve this most precious resource—water.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Looking for a Vegan Blue Cheese Substitute? Try Noni Fruit.

There are a lot of amazing vegan cheese alternatives: cashew cheese, nutritional yeast, and many others. But blue cheese has a flavor that’s pretty hard to imitate. Until now!

Noni is often known as “cheesy fruit,” because the raw fruit has a flavor and smell that’s strikingly similar to blue cheese. The problem is, because the fruit has no shelf life, it’s very difficult to get access to the fresh fruit to use as a blue cheese substitute.

Lucky for you, we at Hawaiian Organic Noni have developed a way to stop the fresh fruit from fermenting: our low-heat dehydration process. The result is a noni fruit leather with that tangy, blue cheesy taste, all ready to be put to use in dips, dressings, and salads.

Noni fruit is more than just a great substitute for blue cheese. It’s one of the most powerful foods for healing in the world, containing 165 beneficial compounds that repair and maintain the human body. It has more antioxidants than apples, pomegranate, and acai, and it’s been shown to slow aging, prevent disease, and even balance out the body’s blood sugar levels.

Here are three simple recipes that use Hawaiian Organic Noni fruit leather as a blue cheese substitute:

Noni “Blue Cheese” Vinaigrette

This delicious salad dressing isn’t anything like the chunky, creamy blue cheese dressing you might be familiar with. Instead, it’s a light vinaigrette, packed full of blue cheese flavor from noni fruit infused in the olive oil.

Serve over your favorite mixed salad. It pairs great with salads that contain some fruit, like apples or pineapple chunks, and nuts.

Makes enough to dress a main course salad for four, depending on how much dressing you like on your salads. You can adjust the amount of noni you use for a stronger or milder flavor.

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4x4inch piece of Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Cut the noni up into small pieces, and dissolve in olive oil.
  2. While it’s dissolving, mix the rest of the ingredients together.
  3. Add the noni and olive oil to the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Whisk until the salad dressing emulsifies to a smooth, slightly thickened texture.
  5. Use to dress your favorite salad.

Noni “Blue Cheese” Salad

Blue cheese crumbles are a common ingredient in many salads, and now there’s a great vegan substitute. Use pieces of noni fruit leather in the place of blue cheese, and you’ll get that delicious, tangy flavor—totally vegan! Plus you get all the amazing benefits of noni fruit.

Feel free to mix up the other salad ingredients as you prefer.

Makes enough for 4 large main course salads. You can adjust the amount of noni you use for more or less blue cheese flavor.

  • 4 cups fresh organic spinach
  • 4 cups organic leaf lettuce
  • 2 organic apples, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • ¾ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 4x4inch square Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather, chopped into small squares
  • 1 recipe lemon thyme vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Distribute spinach and lettuce among four salad bowls.
  2. Distribute apples, tomatoes, onions, pecans, and noni fruit leather evenly among salads.
  3. Lightly drizzle each salad with dressing, and top with a little black pepper.

Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

This delicious, simple dressing is great on just about any kind of salad.

  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ cup olive oil
  1. Mix first three ingredients until well combined.
  2. Drizzle in olive oil as you whisk.
  3. Whisk until dressing thickens slightly and becomes smooth.

Click here for the full version and access to a recipe for Noni “Blue Cheese” Dip

Noni Puree

This recipe makes way more than you need for the dip, so you can use the leftovers to make Noni Tea. The puree will keep for a few days in the fridge.

Makes 2+ cups.

  1. To a blender, add:
  1. Spin in blender until smooth and consistency of applesauce

Honeybee Love: The Role of Bees on a Noni Farm
The role of bees on a noni farm is a little different than on other types of farms. This is because MorindaCitrifolia (aka noni) is a very unusual plant. It’s full of amazing beneficial compounds, grows and fruits year-round, and it also reproduces in a very unusual way.

You probably know that most plants have to exchange pollen in order to reproduce. This can be done by the wind or by pollinator animals, such as bees. When bees crawl into flowers in search of pollen and nectar, a lot of pollen sticks to their hairy bodies. They then crawl into another flower, and the pollen of the two flowers mixes.

But noni trees work a little differently. Noni trees make a fruit first and then the flowers come out of the fruit after the tree has made a fruit.  If you look at a photo of a mature white Noni fruit, you will see many, many brown spots where a flower has been attached (75- 100 flowers per fruit).The flowers have nothing to do with pollination and making a fruit which means that they don’t actually need bees to pollinate them at all! And yet, there are honeybees landing on the noni blossoms all the time. What’s going on?  We have over 45 Bee hives on our organic farm.  Bees love our Noni and we love our bees.

Bee Basics

Bees need pollen and nectar for food and honey making. That’s why they fly from flower to flower. Usually, the flowers that require bee pollination have evolved to attract bees, and bees tend to leave alone the flowers that don’t need them.
So why would noni blossoms have evolved to attract bees? There must be some kind of mutual gain. Obviously the bee can still get nectar and pollen from the flower, but what does the noni plant get in return?

Bees and Noni

Another thing that makes noni so unusual is that flowers only develop after the fruit has begun to form. There hasn’t been a lot of research done on why and how exactly this happens.

But we do know that it means that bees are visiting flowers once the fruit is already formed—pretty unique in the plant world. So what are they doing there, other than gathering nectar?
The answer is, we’re not really sure. MorindaCitrifoliais still very under-researched. But ethno botanists who have visited our farm to research Noni believe that bees contribute to the fruit in a very special way. They hypothesize that many of the many beneficial compounds found in the fruit actually come from bees and pollen entering the flowers that grow on the noni fruit.

If more conclusive research comes in about this, we’ll let you know. For now, it’s one of those amazing mysteries of nature.

Whether the ethno biologists are right or not, we love that honeybees visit our noni blossoms. We’re committed to supporting pollinators, and bees are particularly important. They pollinate many of the other local flowering plants, both decorative and edible. According to some estimates, bees are responsible for pollinating more than 90 flowering food crops, translating to 80% of the food in grocery stores. Without bees, those plants would die, and our food system would be hugely impacted.

The Plight of Bees

Bees are also of special importance because they are at risk worldwide. Varroa mites and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) have led to mass bee deaths, especially in the United States and Europe. Many scientists and environmentalists have dedicated themselves to finding out why this is happening.

Many experts blame the ever-increasing usage of commercial pesticides in industrial agriculture. They believe these pesticides are dampening bees’ immune systems, as they are exposed to small amounts throughout their lifetimes.

Bees on Kauai

This makes bees on Kauai extra-important, because the bees on our island don’t show many of the signs of a depressed immune system that other bees show worldwide. There are also no varroa mites on the island, and no known cases of CCD.

Kauai is a great environment for bees. They can fly and forage year-round, and there’s no winter season to put stress on them. Bees have flourished on Kauai since they were brought to the island in the late 1890s for commercial honey-making.

Today, even most commercial beehives on Kauai are more wild than in the rest of the United States. Bees roam the island, pollinating food and flower crops that are a major source of income for the island.

We need to do everything we can to support Kauai’s honeybees, and protect them from being harmed by pesticides or infected with varroa mites. Our bees might even hold some answers that can save bee populations elsewhere.

Bees Love Organic

For obvious reasons, organic agriculture is ideal for bees. Organic agriculture uses no pesticides, which means that when bees visit the flowers of organically-grown plants, they aren’t consuming tiny amounts of poison.

That’s why our noni trees are a great source of nectar and pollen for honeybees. We’ve been growing noni trees totally organically for over 30 years, and we don’t use any pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides that could harm bees.

We think that’s part of the reason so many honeybees love our noni trees, as well as the other flowering plants we grow on our land. We provide a safe, diverse menu for our bee visitors, and we encourage others to do the same. The more farmers that grow organic, the happier and safer bees are.

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