Understand the Ocean Danger
Ocean drownings continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Hawaii, but a new initiative led by the state is trying to mitigate the problem. A brand new website aimed at promoting ocean safety is encouraging residents and visitors to respect the ocean. Site: https://hioceansafety.com/
The website strives to make information readily available by providing:
- Tips on how to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors
- Links to beaches with lifeguards and their schedules
- Live ocean conditions and information on different warning signs.
- Data on ocean incidents in Hawaii can also be found, including a list of beaches with the highest frequency of spinal cord injuries.
Always use sunscreen!
Using sunscreen can be the difference between being able to enjoy your Hawaii vacation or suffering from the discomfort of sunburn. Growing up in Hawaii, we know how important it is to do so because even on cloudy days, you can become a sun burn victim.
However, it is also important to try and buy reef friendly sunscreen if you do go to the beach. If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. There are also plenty of daily moisturizers on the market with sunscreen already in them.
Don’t Become Shark Bait!
Not that shark bites are a common occurrence, it it still good to be aware that they do happen. Sharks are habitually active around dawn and dusk, and will come nearest the shore when the water is muddy. Although shark bites are rare and you are statistically more likely to be in a car accident, there is no reason heighten the risk of a shark bite by not educating yourself.
Sharks hunt by smell and are attracted by blood in the water. So if you have any cuts that are actively bleeding do not go in the water! Also, avoid going in the ocean right after a rain storm or if the water itself looks murky or unclear.
Where can I swim under those famous Maui waterfalls?
We get this question a lot and I am more than happy to point you in the right direction, but there are a few things I caution before you go and check one out:
- Pictures are posed and there are many inherent dangers with standing underneath a natural feature.
- The streams that feed waterfalls carry more than just water, things coming down the waterfall can include rocks, logs and other things that could cause a serious injury.
- More dangerous than visible hazards are the microscopic, Leptospirosis is a wicked bacterium that seeps into streams from animal waste.
- If you do go for a dip, do not drink the water and cover up open wounds.
- Lastly but most importantly, please be respectful to the nature; if we do not take care of mother earth, she cannot take care of us.
Where are Maui’s best beaches?
The island has over 30 miles of white, yellow, red, and black sand beaches. In fact, Maui has more miles of accessible beach than any of the other Hawaiian Islands. Not bad for the second youngest island in the chain! Check out our suggestion on South Maui Beaches, West Maui Beaches, and North Shore Beaches.
What Are Some Local Foods To Try?
Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world! The food in Hawaii is a mix of the familiar and unknown. Many of the foods locals love today find their roots in Asia and to a very small extent Europe. Over the years, the mix of cultures have created a cuisine we call “local food” which can be loosely likened to what fine dining refers to as Asian Fusion.
What’s the temperature like on Maui?
Our above graph reflects the average highs and lows of each month. Over the last few years, it has been feeling like Maui temperatures have been higher than usual. For the most part, Maui day temperatures are in the 80’s except in Upcountry climates where it tends to be cooler because of the mountain elevation. In the Winter months, Maui does cool off where the temperature can dip all the way down to 71 degrees.
Contact a South Maui Real Estate Specialist
Please consider me to be your trusted Maui real estate and lifestyle adviser. I was born and raised on the island, and spend a considerable amount of time to inform my clients about the best deals currently on the market. Don’t hesitate to call me for your any of your Maui real estate needs as I would be honored to assist you in your home search.
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