Over the last year, I have had the privilege of spending 5 months on the Big Island of Hawaii. I can see why the television series Lost was filmed there. The story line of castaways, the Others, the Dharma Initiative, mysterious threats and mystical forces are actually not that far off base. The mana, aloha and alchemy of the Big Island still blow my mind. Not to get too hokey pokey, but I experienced copious amounts of synchronicity.
This post is a photo compilation of some of my favorite moments….
J and I landed in Hawaii in January 2012. We bought a Hawaii Telecom van, Big Bertha, for $800 just days before it was headed to the scrapyard. We fixed a couple of things, and J converted it to a camping van.
We cruised to Volcanoes National Park. We visited at sunrise to see the glow from the Halema’uma’u Crater.
Next, we explored the Puna District, Hilo and the Hamakua Coast. Our favorites were the soaking in the warm Queen’s Bath in Pahoa, eating fresh poke at Suisan Fish Market in Hilo and camping at Lapahoehoe on the Hamakua Coast. J got pretty good at climbing trees, and we added fresh coconut, avocado, banana, tangerine and mango to our diet.
On Valentine’s Day of 2012, I swam with wild dolphins, and we went spear fishing (by we, I mean J).
Next, we found lovely Hawi. Our first night in town we saw John Keawe play at the Bamboo, and met the Keeper of the Aloha. The next day, we went to the farmer’s market under the banyan tree.North Kohala quickly became the part of the island we loved most.
Pololu Valley, located in North Kohala, became one of our favorite hangouts.
A friend took us to the place King Kamehameha was hidden when he was a child. The kahunas (wise elders) prophesied that a great king would be born to unite all of the islands. Electrical storms and strange lights appeared in the Hawaiian sky the night of Kamehameha’s birth. He was thought to be the One, and was hidden from the world shortly after his birth.
During our last couple of weeks on the island, we sold Big Bertha and holed up on a 10 acre ginger farm just outside of Hilo. I lived with 4 guys, which was interesting. We got there while the bananas, tangerines and papayas were ripe.
J and I managed to spend two of our traveling seasons visiting Hawaii. Big Bertha provided us shelter, and the island provided us with a lot of food. I am not sure when I will visit her again. The island is a peaceful, warm place to spend the winter, but Polynesian Paralysis can quickly set in. Regardless of when I see her next, I will remember her fondly.
Namaste and Blessings.