Home: Born & Raised in Hawaii

Sometimes I forget I'm from paradise....

I've heard many friends and colleagues complain about dreading their annual trip home for the holidays: dragging their feet back home to the bitter cold east cost, sitting through dramatic family dinners, or some other variation of dreary situations.

I feel very luck that home represents none of this to me. I cherish my time with my wonderful, strange and alternative family, in the always soul-nurturing island life back in Hawaii.

I was born on the Big Island, and just a few years later, we relocated to Maui, where my father built us a home to suite the whole family. Nestled on a remote gulch, the property overlooks lush green views, a babbling stream, and just a nip of an ocean view.  Our family planted the property with a macadamia nut orchard, garden beds & edible landscaping, a large variety of tropical fruit, garnished along the way with several varieties of flowering orchids and bromeliads. I'm happy to still call this property home. 

view from the house. oh yes, and the rainforest calls for frequent rainbows. 

view from the house. oh yes, and the rainforest calls for frequent rainbows. 

Every year I take some time off after a busy holiday season to recharge my batteries and get some contemplative time in near the Pacific. It is 360˙ beautiful. From our family property, the views everywhere you look, to the love my friends and family show, this place is brimming full. 

This season, I had a particularly nourishing trip home, as I decided to adventure and get some well-needed time to myself on long hikes and and a variety of trails around the island (hiking is one of my favorite pastimes). I dove head-first into the wonder which is Maui, and wow, I forgot how wonderful it is....

New Years Eve on the beach, as per tradition

New Years Eve on the beach, as per tradition

views from the waikamoi ridge 

views from the waikamoi ridge 

the super secret swimming spot 

the super secret swimming spot 

These trips home a feed my art practice, reminding me of why I have such a strong connection with nature. From the green, lush rain-forest where I spend my days, long afternoons spent in the kitchen fiddling with things from the garden, to wandering around our yard filled with interested flowers, tropical fruits and permaculture tidbits planted by me and my family, it's no wonder I've always got nature on my brain.... 

jackson chameleon finds, making rose water and bowlfuls of lilikoi 

jackson chameleon finds, making rose water and bowlfuls of lilikoi 

I love home and it loves me back.... 

last views from the airport.... 

last views from the airport....