Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Summer Sunburn Solution!


Summer right around the corner and is also the season for sun! Getting outside, being active and staying healthy are some of the easiest things to do in the summer. Whether it be relaxing on the beach, swimming in the water, riding bikes, going on evening walks with your loved ones, or just enjoying your own backyard with the family, summertime is the best time to do it!
Soaking up all those rays can be good for your body, but when you get too much sun, we all know what happens!

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Take Advantage of the Benefits of Noni: 5 Amazing Uses


Taking care of your health means a lot of different things. Activities like exercising, eating right and remembering to take your vitamins is just the start of living a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to get the correct nutrients from; though noni can easily help you! The surprising and astounding benefits of raw non-fermented noni fruit can provide you with an all-organic solution for a healthy lifestyle. Here’s just a few of the ways this humble Polynesian superfood can work in your favor:


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5 Reasons to Switch to Raw Noni


At Hawaiian Organic Noni, our mission is to educate people about a much more healthful, nutritious alternative to noni juice: slow-dehydrated Noni Fruit Leather. Noni Fruit Leather is a raw food, because we heat it at such a low temperature that all the beneficial compounds in the raw fruit stay intact.
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The History of Noni’s “Discovery”


We talk a lot about the ancient Polynesians and how they used raw noni fruit, internally and externally, to maintain good health and heal a variety of ailments. But how did they learn how to use it?

Of course, it’s hard to be sure exactly—after all, this was thousands of years ago! But we talked to some University of Hawaii ethnobotanists who visited the farm a few years back, and they gave us their take on how noni might have been discovered. We also did our own research, to try to bring you the most complete picture of how Noni was discovered, and what today’s noni-lovers can learn from the fruit’s history.


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Hokulea Polynesian Voyaging Society: A Legacy Worth Protecting


In today’s world, where most of us navigate by GPS-enabled smartphones, it’s hard to remember how challenging navigation really is! Particularly for Polynesian explorers, who navigated the Pacific Ocean without even a compass, much less latitude and longitude, navigation was an art form.


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Take Your Health Back with Noni!


It just takes a glance around the grocery store to see how much the American diet has changed in the last 50 years. And it just takes looking at the obesity, diabetes, and heart disease statistics to see the impact of that change. Compounding the problem, Americans today spend more time sitting and less time exercising. It’s a sure recipe for steady health decline.


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Natural Energy Boosters


Low energy can be extremely frustrating. Does it ever seem like no matter how much sleep you get, you never quite feel like yourself?
Energy levels tend to work as a feedback loop. That means, if you feel energized, you have a tendency to do more things that energize you! Unfortunately, the reverse is true. If your energy levels are low, the natural reaction is to rest and take it easy — which lowers your energy levels even further.
Sometimes, all you need is an energy boost to switch from a low energy feedback loop to sustainable, natural, high energy. Here are our favorite natural energy boosters to get you going!
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Secrets to an Energizing Morning Routine!


You’ve probably heard that the way you start your day sets the tone for your mood, productivity, and energy levels all day long. But have you taken control of your mornings yet?
I want to share a few tips and tricks for a healthy, energizing start to your day, based on my own morning routine. You can wake up feeling full of energy, no matter what your age is, if you learn what your body needs each morning, and make a habit.
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Arthritis Sufferers is Noni right for you?


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Arthritis an informal way referring to joint pain (also referred to as arthralgia). There are over 100 different types of arthritis. When four or more joints are involved, the arthritis is referred to as polyarthritis. When two or three joints are involved, it is referred to as oligoarthritis. When a single joint is involved, it is referred to as monoarthritis. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis.

Natural Relief from Carpal Tunnel


What are the symptoms?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is tingling, swelling, numbness, and weakness in your hand or fingers. Some people have a hard time determining between hot and cold temperatures while others lose strength in their hand. Symptoms often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger.carpal tunnel.gif

What are the some contributing factors of carpal tunnel syndrome?

  • Trauma or injury to the wrist such as a sprain, fracture, or muscle tear.
  • Sleeping with flexed wrists.
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or aggravating an injury.
  • Fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause.
  • Prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist at home and the workplace.

Click Here for what you can do at home!


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.
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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

Precipitation

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.

Ingredients:
  • 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.

Ingredients:
  • 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.

Ingredients:
  • 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