After a choppy 4 days at sea, it was worth the bouncing and early nights of sleep to make it to the first port of call on the Hawaiian Cruise – Hilo which is situated on the Big Island. This island in the chain of Hawaii, holds a very special place in my heart, as many memories were made on this island during my time at Kalani.
Oh Kalani – if you have never heard of it or been – just put it in Google and you will find out where I decided to volunteer and spend not a lot of time at. Kalani brought me a realization that I am not one who can be completely disconnected and live off the land, and share a bathroom with 15 other people in a hale. However, it did teach me respect of the ‘aina (land), a quick snapshot into the beautiful culture of the Hawaiian people, and that I was able to drive a car, which was really an automatic car but almost like a standard which I don’t know how to drive, into the town of Hilo when you really needed to escape from being in Pahoa. Again, Google Pahoa and if you know me well enough, you know that I would need a bit of an escape.
Friends were made on the Big Island. A threat of a tsunami had be scared out of my pants, and it inspired one of my few tattoos, which is the Chain of Islands, and yes call me a tourist – but a proud one at that! Volunteering was a great experience, and I was able to teach a Yoga Class, learn how to use silks, and also how to make lei’s. I learnt about Pele, and even made a lei to offer to the goddess to protect me, as I felt that she was always close by.
Today I strolled the Saturday Market, tasted new food, had fresh pressed juice, spoke to locals in the running shop and learnt about an upcoming trip to Europe. I was able to share my passion of Hawaii to the locals who came onboard the ship in the morning, just to be told that I looked like Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz, which is funny enough because she says “There is no place like home” and this is what Hawaii feels like to me – so fair comment and thank you sir.
Hawaii is a place that I want to share with others. I hope that this small insight into the Hawaii that I see has given you the inspiration to see what the Islands are truly about. It is very simple, and I like to call it “Aloha”.