Every trip has its trials. Every adventure its ups and downs. Every crisis an advantage, and every blessing a price.
Here in Hawaii we’ve learned just that.
This post was originally published in 2008. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
On the other side of this island, we arrived in Hawaii and found ourselves in a rainforest and lava paradise. We learned the art of permaculture, and living in an ecologically sustainable manner. We learned to eat well, discovered so many amazing foods, and got in shape. Kelly lost 30 pounds without even trying, and I – well, not so much.
We were incredibly remote. Incredibly. Being reliant on nothing but solar power and with constant rain for over a month, the wet hikes into town for internet connections wore us down pretty quickly.
What will we remember at the end of it all? Lots of things. Good things. In fact, not more than a week after we left Popai, we found ourselves reminiscing about some of the things we missed. We continue to reminisce, and relive some of the great memories.
In search of some sunshine and a little more convenience, we settled in at a hostel in Kona, working in trade for our accommodation and other perks. We certainly enjoyed lots of sunshine, beach time, and I got a chance to test my artistic side with some murals which I painted right on the building and other fixtures. My most ambitious piece wraps around the front corner of the building, spanning over 8 feet wide by 4 feet high. What a way to leave a mark!
Some of the latest pieces of artwork I was so lucky to do…
We experienced a mild culture (and environmental) shock in coming here from where we were staying. We observed all too clearly the abysmal animal rights situation in Hawaii. I got a black eye, and we both contracted a rare neurological disease!
And saddest of all, we discovered that the Aloha is gone from Hawaii.
What will we remember at the end of it all? Again, lots of things, and good things at that.
As we wrap up our lives here in Hawaii, we continue to reminisce and relive our experiences here. We expect to continue learning and growing from this place long after we are gone.
Onwards and Upwards.
Goodbye, Hawaii. We don’t know if we will grace your shores again, but in our memories we will regularly swim in your warm waters, bask in your sunshine, and explore your vast and beautiful land.
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