Hawaii Or Nowhere

Hawaii has really suffered so much in 2018.  Tomorrow and right on into the weekend... they will likely be tested again.  I wait and watch and pray and I wish with all my heart, that I was not so far away.  If I could.. I would go ashore and never leave...

As storm clouds swirl so close by... my heart goes out to you, Ohana.  I am praying for all of you.

This storm too, shall pass.  And once again, as all the times before... you will rise.  


And the sun will shine again.

A Wild and Quiet Place At World's End

There are places of the heart, where I like to hide away. It is these places I turn to, when I want to be alone, re-charge, find my center, remember the things that are truly important to me. The sand in this image is the exact spot where I was sitting when I took the photographs of the monk seal family I sat with at sunset the last time I visited Molokai. (I shared the pup on my blog yesterday). It is the beach in front of a little forgotten resort on one of the most beautiful stretches of sand that I have ever laid eyes on. It changed hands several times through the years and was once a thriving Sheraton resort with a restaurant that had arguably some of the best views in all of Hawaii. It's also quite a beautiful surfing spot, a wild and quiet place. And it adjoins Pohaku Mauliuli Beach where portions of Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End was filmed. Sometimes, it does feel that way. Haunting, and like it's literally at world's end.

Sadly, its history is one of fighting between those with money who wanted to change this side of the island without considering the feelings of the locals who disagreed with their methods and those who staunchly refused (and continue to refuse) to allow that to happen. Molokai has a rich and painful history... and it is one that Hawaiians who love her, protect fiercely. I love this island more than I can quantify in words.

Today, the hotel and resort is slowly being reclaimed by mother nature but there are a number of condo owners who continue to keep a small circle of them alive and running. Most of them feel a deep love and respect for the Hawaiian people and the storied history of the island.

For me... it has become an oasis.
Kepuhi Beach, Molokai (formerly the Kaluakoi Resort)

Born To A Land

I cannot really explain to you why this place is so important to me. Maybe it's simply in my blood. My father was born on this island. My mother has many good memories there. Many of my aunties and uncles and cousins, still live there even now. There is a longing in me for this place like nothing I have ever known. I wonder sometimes if we are born to a land in a similar way to how we are born to a people. If we're connected to it somehow, in spiritual ways, the kind you just feel. I don't have the answer but when find that I seek one... it is where I want to go. Walking its sands, wading in its warm waters, searching its skies...praying. I feel different when I am there. Mark Twain once said, "For me its balmy airs are always blowing; its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the woody solitudes, I hear the 'plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago. If I might, I would go ashore and never leave."

I know just how he felt when he penned those words. And somehow it's a comfort to know someone else who could not be there... felt it too.


Places of the Heart

Hale Aha Kai - House of Gathering By The Sea, Punalu'u, Oahu, Hawaii September 2014

There is a home to which my heart belongs, as much as the one that bears my name... and I really do love it every bit as much. Every time I come back to it, I am reminded that each experience is a gift, and that one of the wisest things I can ever learn to do... is to live fully within each one, inhaling one beautiful breath at a time. And when it's over, and it is time to let go... to exhale with gladness, and with grace and thankfulness in the depths of me...always. Until we meet again.  Aloha Nui Loa...