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Waipi'o Valley, Unexplained Energy and Age

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Three things I have to smile about today: 1) Breathing what some say is the cleanest air in the world 2) Filling up my water bottles from a rooftop rainwater cachement  3) Cutting off a frond from a nearby aloe bush and putting the sap on various lava scrapes. Above, Jen, from Calgary, Andrea from Madrid and Chef Kenny start the 5 mile roundtrip hike to Shipman Beach, some thirty miles from Kalani. One thing I have learned in my almost six weeks here is taking the mantra e hoi mai seriously. Let it come, let it flow. I find that if you are in a situation that allows it and someone invites you to go on a road trip or other activity, you should jump on it. That exact combination of people coupled with their/your free time and their/your your desire to roll might never come again. Five minutes earlier, five minutes later and you would have missed the invitation and it might be days until you see the same people again. Hell, some people just disappear into thin air and you never

A Day at Kahena Beach

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Take a right at the end of our driveway and walk thirty minutes along the coastal highway known as the Red Road, scramble down a jagged lava path/cliff and you are at Kehena Beach.The beach is sand, but when the waves recede, it exposes the entryway to the ocean that is an ever changing mix of lava gravel, bigger gravel, stones, bigger stones, boulders, bigger boulders.There is a drop off in this swirling gravel pit, that can make it very hard to get out. In spite of ~four drownings a year and countless bloody heads, people take to the waters. Richard, the founder of Kalani, is famous for his miles long open ocean swimming, where you are truly on your own. There was recently a twenty something volunteer and competitive swimmer that went out with him and the wireless coconut reported that he come back rather shaken. Apocryphally, Richard told him that he had to start somewhere. After two times in, I am going to have to find another beach to properly sample that inviting blue surf. T

Free Time and the Breakfast of Champions

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There is tons of free time at Kalani. I just finished my morning shift and am sitting under a Macadamia nut tree, not unlike Buddha by the swimming pool, pondering what I will do today  My AM shift started at 6:00 AM today with a quick employee meeting over some Kona coffee, sweetened with what else, agave nectar and almond milk. There are three meals a day for about 170 people; summer is the slow season in Hawaii and as winter approaches, they expect the guest count to double.  Barcus, Kalani's horticulturalist extraordinaire, explains the ins and outs of growing bananas  We cannot grow enough on property, so I rode into Pahoa with Sami to the farmer's market to buy some more and we picked up some other items The food if fresh, local when possible, healthy and is served cafeteria style. As such, they are very organized and have a system down, that works very well. Everyone works all the positions. We usually s