Big Island Love

view of the Big Island on morning boat trip up the Kona coast

I thought I’d start off the blog series with a shout out to my friends in Kona, Hawaii. Not a day passes that I don’t imagine what I might be doing if I was still living on the island. I miss all the wonderful people I met and got to spend time with – whether in the water, snorkeling in the presence of a friendly pod of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins; trying to master hopelessly impossible shots playing Pickleball; or gathering at the picnic area, tucked away at the back of the Place of Refuge for a pot-luck dinner and sunset.

I feel grateful to have experienced a much different way of life than I had previously known. It seems to me that when folks go on a getaway to relax, after about two weeks they attain an admirable state of tranquility (if things go well) – only to start dialing it all back up for the re-entry to their normal routine. But my friends, let me tell you – that temporary nirvana, prized by your soul, is but a drop in the ocean from the level of chillin’ that you can maintain when you invest the time to practice the art of living on the Kona coast of the Big Island. Months after having returned to the mainland, I’m realizing just how profound the difference is.

Fortunately, I’ve been noting┬áthe changes and dropping bread crumbs along the way back to recall, at a deep level, the feeling of the Kona state of mind. And, not surprisingly, as I work with photos, video footage and sounds from my time in Hawaii, it takes me right back to my little coffee shack above Kealakekua Bay. The magical emotional connection that our senses trigger when we see, hear or smell something we recognize brings the experience back for us to appreciate and relive. It’s humbling to have been able to see and hear things that most people never have the opportunity to witness – and thanks to the precision of technology and a being a water baby, I can share the next-best-thing-to-being-there.

Rising Together

a pair of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins rising towards the surface

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