A fickle day for a photoshoot. Wind, rain, and a feisty ocean, King Neptune seemed to awaken right before our very eyes after his summer nap. And yet, Moona, glowing in the elements, was as cool as could be. For those who know her, that’s not surprising. Moona Whyte, 3-time world kite-boarding champion, University of HI graduate, entrepreneur, and Honey Girl Organics Ambassador has accomplished much in her 25 years-- and she takes it all in stride. I was excited to have a morning with Moona to see what makes this Honey Girl tick.
If you’re like most people, the Fall equinox brings with it crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice, and the crisp hint of cool, dry air. For those of us on the North Shore however, autumn means the first swells of the season roll in, a honey harvest is on tap, and pro surfers start to come home after their summer travels. Case in point, Polly Ralda, aka big wave phenom. This little 5' surfer girl is small but mighty! In fact, she’s currently ranked 7th in the world on the female big wave circuit.
3 Two-Ingredient DIY Fall Face Masks to Complement Your Honey Girl Organics Crème
On the mainland, the fall equinox is finally here. The endless days of summer are growing shorter, thank goodness, so we can all have an easier time getting our eight hours of sleep each night, one of the bedrocks of beautiful skin. Gardens are in full swing, and green thumbs struggle to keep up with the abundance.
As we transition from a warm, moist summer to a cooler, drier fall, our skin takes notice. Through the seasonal transition, you may notice patches of dry skin, or that your skin is more sensitive due to the drier air. Thankfully, we can use natural and organic gifts from Mother Earth to supplement our Honey Girl Organics honey and olive oil based skin care routine with a simple homemade face mask.
Do you see the sparkle on your computer screen? It's Sarina, shining through. You see, behind the scenes of the HGO website and blog is our Honey Girl Sarina Erstad. She's the one who makes your online shopping experience a smooth sail. How does she do it? Personally, I think it's all about that sparkle.
The Queen Bee, adorned in royal blue. Photo by Katie Metzger
Mother’s Day is here and it has me reflecting on the Mother Bee-- and, the bees that "mother."
The average bee hive has about 50,000 - 80,000 bees. All of those honeybees have a single mother, known as the Queen Bee, the Queen of the colony. She is extraordinary, both in the literal and in the ethereal sense of the word.
Practically speaking, you will notice the Queen is different in appearance. She has an elongated abdomen, to hold the thousands of eggs she will lay in her lifetime. Queen Bees seem to have super-powers; incredibly, on any given day, a Queen can lay her weight in eggs! In fact, a Queen Bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs in a single day.
Photo by Katie Metzger
We at Honey Girl Organics never forget our beginnings. It all started over 20 years ago, when owners Anthony and Gwen Maxfield moved to a property on the North Shore of Oahu that happened to already "bee" occupied-- with you guessed it, honeybees. :) Rather than move them out, Anthony and Gwen got to know this colony of bees, and grew to love and care for them. Anthony, who at the time was busy building their house on the property, took a couple days off to harvest some of the abundance of honey that had stored up. He recalls, "it was my first time harvesting and I didn't' have any fancy equipment, I simply squeezed the honeycomb to extract the honey. The honey was luscious! There's nothing like raw, organic Pupukea Honey!”
I’m in a relationship and I didn’t know it. All the hours, days, months and years I spent in companionship, but not in relationship took a toll. I have no regrets, just an appreciation that I finally woke up and now have a willingness to take care of this very important person, because I’ll be with her the rest of my life. If you guessed that someone is me, you’re exactly right.
The Winter Solstice, is not only an astrological phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, it’s also a metaphysical celebration. An invitation to go inward, into the depths of our being to ponder, reflect, meditate.
Being a fire sign, I gravitate to the light. I’m also a visual person, and literally bliss out on the tropical beauty of the ocean, coconut palms and of course the honeybees that delight my senses on a daily basis. But, there’s a time and a place for everything. I know that, and so do the bees. The winter solstice is here and I look forward to the opportunity to “bee” in the dark, to quiet my mind, and allow my inner knowings guide me.
Honey, olive oil, beeswax: as a consumer, the thing I love most about Honey Girl products is the simplicity of the high quality ingredients. Timeless beauty essentials revered by the beautiful women of ancient Egypt and Greece brought to us by Honey Girl to simplify our own morning and evening skin care routines. As the holiday season rapidly approaches, we can also use honey to simplify what can sometimes become a stressful time for us all. Here are a six short and sweet ways we can use honey, the ancient remedy of choice, to simplify the modern day craze of Thanksgiving through New Year’s.