Maui Vision – July 2009

Spirit of Aloha Oceanfront Botanical Gardens feels like Heaven on Earth

Nestled in a lush oceanfront valley on Maui’s North Shore, on a site the ancient Hawaiians called Keali’i Nui (the highest royalty), the Spirit of Aloha Oceanfront Botanical Gardens emerged from a vision of its founder and managing director, Fredrick Honig. The inspiration was to live in harmony with nature and to promote and facilitate universal well-being for the individual and for the planet.

For sixteen years, Fredrick has cultivated, sculpted, planted, and built what he feels is one cell of heaven. This awe-inspiring 11-acre habitat in Haiku, set atop the cliffs of Uaoa Bay, looking out over the Papanui o Kane rock island and the vast Pacific Ocean expanse, captured his imagination and reverence. Fredrick, who served as a monk and student of Swami Satchidananda for over twenty years, was pivotal in the establishment of the world-renowned Yogaville Interfaith Community and LOTUS (Light of Truth Universal Shrine), which is the Integral Yoga International Headquarters, set on the banks of the James River in Virginia.

With an essential respect for the native landscape, Fredrick has lovingly distilled the Aloha spirit in creating the Botanical Gardens through the natural chemistry of health and harmony, and a heartfelt commitment to the 12 Universal Core Values, which span all religions, spiritual paths, and ways of life.

Fredrick feels that these 12 core values, adopted by U.N.E.S.C.O (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), are most clearly expressed as the Spirit of Aloha. The gardens are dedicated to the clarification and implementation of these values: love, peace, respect, honesty, tolerance, humility, cooperation, happiness, responsibility, simplicity, freedom, and unity.

Through collaboration with Hawaiian elders, and organizations such as Cultural Surveys Hawaii Inc., and the Department of Land & Natural Resources, Spirit of Aloha Oceanfront Botanical Gardens seeks to preserve the historic sites and structures found on the land. These features, which have been recognized and registered with the State Historical Preservation Division, include: retaining walls used for the cultivation of wetland taro, pre-contact terraced alignment features, a historic family burial crypt, and a pre-contact basalt wall modifying the ancient Kealii Stream.

By embracing the Aloha Spirit of peace, love, and unity which is inherent in the perfection and abundance of Nature herself, the Spirit of Aloha Botanical Gardens, in alignment with the Universal Core Values, is a place where Heaven and Earth come together.

Spirit of Aloha Oceanfront Botanical Gardens is part of the Well Being International, Inc. 501(C)3 non-profit service organization. Established in 1993, its aim is to become sustainable for future generations.

The Gardens are recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary. Our goal in stewarding this land is to help preserve native and endangered plants, birds, butterflies, and marine life.

Working with other organizations to inspire and nurture the people of Maui to undertake bold initiatives that support cultural diversity, social harmony, responsible economic growth, and ecological balance, our Vision is for Maui to become the well being capitol of the world and a leading center of global renaissance.

Contact us to register for a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month (see our ad for details). At this time, all programs are available by pre-registration only. For more information or to schedule a private event, please call (808) 572-6000, email info@thegardens.org, or visit us online at www.thegardens.org

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