Tuesday December 17, 2013
Meet Albert. His downy grey coat is turning into a brilliant white plumage. He’s almost two years old and growing very fast. How many two-year-olds do you know have travelled 3,000 miles, from Hawaii to Alaska, and is prepared to fly back again? This November, Albert is expected to return home to the coastal hillsides of Kauai, where he graciously shares his home with the organic noni.
As we anticipate his first voyage home, we know that he has learned well from his father. Adult albatross mate for life, and Albert’s dad has already made several 3,000 mile journeys to find food, stopping on the island of Kauai for only about 15 minutes in Kauai to feed the mother and chicks. Their diet is primarily squid, gathered by the father in Alaskan waters on his long voyage. When Albert reaches mating age, he will begin this process of continual travel.
Leaving the Nest
Imagine your first flight lesson being a 3,000 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean. On July 17th, 2012, Albert’s father returned to Kauai and spent the entire day grooming him for his first voyage. That night, the trade winds kicked up and Albert took flight, gliding into the darkness. Amazingly, some albatross have been known to travel up to 5,000 miles in a single flight. Even more remarkably, Albert, just like other young albatross’, will be able to navigate terrain that consists only of endless water, knowing instinctively how to find the way back to rocky bluff of his birth.
Masters of Efficiency
Albatross seem to have longevity figured out. Parents only care for one chick at a time, and their recorded lifespans can reach up to 50 years. No wonder Albert became such a star, representing the Hawaiian Organic Noni farm and Steve Frailey’s highly effective sustainable farming practices. When Albert is fully grown, his weight may reach 25 lbs. and his wingspan will stretch up to 6 feet wide. Even these giant wings, however, would be no match for the sheer distance of their travel if the albatross didn’t develop a better way.
The same is true for organic noni to consumers is therefore, very challenging.
Harnessing the Power of Nature
Similarly, the albatross preserves his strength by harnessing the power of the wind. Rather than flapping his wings, he glides just above the surface of the ocean. By drifting upward at opportune times, he is able to gain momentum on his downward glide, allowing him to make the next uphill climb without exerting much energy. The propulsion of the albatross’s flying technique is even stronger than the energy from his giant wings would be.
Sustainability, Durability, and Loyalty
The products offered by organic noni that comes from the farm is preserved to ensure safe travel to destinations around the world. The farm was already a natural albatross habitat, and it will remain so for the future. Through sustainable farming techniques that include solar-voltaic pumps for irrigation, wind energy for electricity, and organic composting that uses earthworms, protecting soil and decreasing water run-off.
All of this and the picturesque hillsides of Kauai make the Hawaiian Organic Noni Farm an ideal environment for Albert, and for noni. No-till farming ensures that the land will continue to produce one of nature’s best natural health supplements for years to come. When Albert returns home, he knows he will return to same idyllic place of his birth.