If there was one place I could settle down for the rest of my life, buy land and raise a family it would be on the Big Island of Hawaii, and that is exactly what I am in the process of doing.
For respect to my community and home I will be keeping most places I talk about on my home isle a secret. This is one of the last places that has undeveloped sacred land and it is so important to keep it that way.
Currently we are battling corporate scientists who want to build the world's largest telescope on top of Mauna Kea which is an ancient burial site as well as a very important portal to connect with the divine.
One of the reasons I decided to make Big Island my permanent home is so that I can protect this precious island and all of its amazing natural resources.
In a world full of destruction, Big Island is one of the last places where fertile land is continuing to grow, thanks to our Volcano Goddess Tutu Pele who blesses us with lava flow. Creating a foundation of healthy and fertile earth which will one day grow into land for homes, crops and jungle.
The fiery energy on this island is not for the faint of heart. A lot of people come here consumed by the beauty and purity but are not willing to go through the challenges that come along with living on such a remote island with limited material resources although we make up for it with an abundance of natural resources.
If you are lucky enough to make it to the Big Island please leave your ego on the airplane and be willing to get a little dirty. Leave your high heels at home and bring your trucker hat instead. Ask permission from the A'ina before entering sacred places and leave a sprinkle of aloha everywhere you go.
Anytime I have ever left the Big Island to live somewhere else I always come back in need of healing and humbling. It does not take long for a transformation to take place here as you are constantly reminded that you are not the one in charge and that mother earth is a lot bigger and more powerful than you are.
I am so grateful that my family moved me here as a teenager. I was a freshman in high school and was used to the fast paced lifestyle of the mainland and Oahu.
When I first arrived I was like WTF?
It took a long time for me to "get it" I was constantly looking to party, go shopping or literally anything that distracted me from lives everyday frustrations. I thought that my family was putting me through some kind of sick torture. Taking me away from the suburbs and all of the comforts I had ever known and moving me to the middle of lava land.
I basically rebelled until I got what I wanted which was to move back to Oregon and finish high school with my friends.
Once we moved back I was greeted by my precious friends who were well advanced in there partying and drug experimenting phase. Luckily I was able to see the contrast between the type of people I was hanging out with on the Big Island and my Oregon friends and it was very clear which was the better path. Luckily I got out of the Oregon party scene and moved back to Big Island in my early 20's and have called it my home ever since.
Mahalo Big Island for always healing me and keeping my ego in check.
A bougainvillea and hibiscus bush growing with an orange tree
a small example of Big Island abundance.