Picture courtesy of Danny Hashimoto.
Our Hawaian guide Danny Hashimoto is an expert superfood dessert maker! For our trip to Waimea, he prepared raw chocolate mousse, mango puree, served with macadamia nuts and berries. Macadamias are a true Hawaiian nut – I never liked them before until trying these fresh ones grown on the Big Island. His wonderful concoctions are always accompanied by amazing mix of orchids, decorative object, wooden trays and bowls…and stories.
Niihau island is dry and arid. With so little water it follows naturally that the material used for lei may not be flowers and greenery but shells such as Kahelelani Shells that are found in different colors.
Whole families are involved in collecting the shells from the beaches and they are then sorted and hand-sewn. A Niihau Shell lei is an intricate form of Polynesian art.
The island is privately owned by the Robinson family – imagine being offered a billion dollars for it by the US government and turning down the offer!
Anahola – where souls enter the Earth…so goes Hawaiian legend. The energy of this beach is palpable, sea waves being drawn as if by a giant magnet, to a corner, into one spot, or ‘vortex’ according to some.
Rising above the bay is the Mountain of the Goddess, praying hands joined, expecting a child. Appropriately, this is also a sacred space where Hawaiians believe souls enter the world. Maybe that the correct spelling of Anahola was “Anehola” with an “e.”
“Ane’ means ‘the breath of life,’” “‘Hola’ means ‘the hour.’ The two words together translate as ‘birth.’ Hawaiians used to float in the pool protected from the high surf by a reef, looking up and above, and we did the same.
Unbelievably, the narrow valleys and plateaus squeezed between the mountains rising directly from the sea (the coast being dotted with the occasional beach) were home to Hawaiian communities. I was told by Jeffrey, our Hawaiian guide, that they have visited each other for hunting/fishing trips catch exchanges, agricultural barter or artefacts swaps. They have walked for days to get to each other on foot but there was no rush…
The way of life of communities in this “challenging” landscape makes a big impression on me. The catamaran journey to view Na Pali coast from the sea turns for me into wild imagining of how it must have been for people then, in old times. How many people on the catamaran to the typically tourist destination saw more than rocks, waves and spectacular landscape with a rainbow?
The very journey on the boat was a huge learning experience and test for our group. To see what happened read the next post.
This is a first of little specks of insights gained during a trip to Kauai island, Hawaii. I came here with a group of women traveling from Europe to two weeks of bliss and self discovery as part of “Birth of a Goddess” event organized by Lucie Novakova and Lucie Kolarikova.
Our group journey through airports and US immigration many queues in Los Angeles is a test in itself. How did we do? In the end everyone arrived well which is what matters!!
What I really like about group travels is people who see one another for the first time “create” dynamics and situations which are the perfect learning ground – for all who are willing to see it that way 🙂 It quickly flashed out in each and every one of us interesting things about ourselves, our weaknesses or where we need to watch out.
For me personally it was “the Saviour attitude” 🙂