First introduced to the island of Molokai in 1868, eventually finding their way to Lana'i in 1920, and then to Maui in 1959. In Maui, initial intentions were to be managed as game hunting through Division of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). With no natural predators populations flourished rapidly and successful management efficiency deteriorated. The deer migrated throughout the island and populations are estimated to be about 50,000 and growing. although they are adorable, they pose as an economic threat. responsible for wreaking havoc among agriculture farms, over grazing ranching lands, destroying fences, and ravaging our native forests.
Originally introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by the Europeans in the 18th century to offer a food source for voyagers. They quickly flourished creating a sufficient feral population. They're known to be, and I agree “the single most destructive herbivore,” introduced to our islands. Grazing and trampling over vegetation. Unlike deer, goat meat is less desirable therefore use has been limited. Also, eradication efforts have been unsuccessful due to their challenging habitat setting and large populations. But unlike deer, if managed properly goats offer an efficient grazing program which help ranchers with taking care of pesky weed problems.
You are probably asking yourself, how can one have a love for the environment yet be a hunter? Well it is because of hunting which enables you to have a deeper connection with the environment. I think that hunters get a bad reputation due to those who do not practice efficient hunting techniques. But, in fact majority of us have a deeper respect and appreciation for 'Mother Nature' because we must be able to understand everything about her, and the animals on a different level. One you cannot read about in a book. Not only that but for many hunting also puts food on their table! If you are interested in getting licensed click the link below for more information.
Living out in the rare and beautiful dry land forests of Kaupo, Maui. I have began to notice a tree which flourishes our ranch lands. Its bright orange bark, beautiful flowers and unique display of branches allow them to stand out among the rest, even when bare and dormant. As, I researched deeper I feel in love with this NATIVE tree. On my spare time I have begun to conduct tree counts, while also monitoring their health. As part of my mission to maintain our delicate ecology, through my efforts and sales from products I would like to use it towards clearing invasive species which encroach among the WILIWILI, and creating a functioning APIARY to help pollinate and keep our native trees happy and healthy.
So far I have grown and replanted several wili wili baby trees into their natural environment!
Part of my mission through my products is to give back to the environment. One way that I have decided to do this by creating a APIARY or bee hive! Just like sharks bees have received a bad reputation but they are one of the most important creatures on the planet. They are world's most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats. Not only do they ensure our plants are healthy but they forge the gift of Liquid Gold aka Honey!
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There are also happy bee's and mad bee's so not all are out to sting you!