Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Gift

With incredible adventure at every bend and turn, our first-time Hawaiian vacation to Big Island and Oahu was by far our most physically challenging vacation yet! 
The Islands offer an astonishing array of topography and an undoubtedly wild ride passing through rain, clouds, sun, shade, winds and did I mention winds! 

Yet nowhere else have we been so confronted by the power and stark beauty of nature; wonder struck by the brilliance of a stellar star-studded sky; overwhelmed by the combined forces of elements; loudly reminded of how alive and powerful this earth is. 

The Big Island lives and breathes like nowhere we’ve been before — perhaps because it’s still being formed beneath our very flip-flops, with lava constantly creating new landmass.

Here, the ‘Aloha’ spirit which is a well-known reference to the attitude of friendly acceptance also refers to a symbiotic relationship and an acknowledgement of that relationship with everything in the universe around you, and recognizing exactly what your space within that is.

In the Hawaiian language, aloha stands for much more than just “hello” or “goodbye” or “love.” Its deeper meaning is “the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life’s energy (ha) in the present (alo).” And THAT was Hawaii’s gift to us, the monumental power of ‘now’, which pretty much sums up our experience!

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