All posts tagged: inspiration

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

I am meekly standing amongst all that is Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka, in the mist that drenches you without you even noticing, and welcoming Kānehoalani. I am still in awe of Ke Ala Polohiwa a Kanaloa two nights ago and especially during this particularly rainy season of Lonoikamakahiki. It’s kapu hua, so no ritual. I just needed to press the “reset” button this morning and get back to basics. There’s really nothing more basic, and profound, than slowing down to witness and drink in the beauty happening around us every day. May you all have a magical holiday season. … in response to Now Some interesting reads: Kino Lau: Finding the Spirit of the Divine in the Ordinary World Moon Phase Project Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (of particular concern for cultural practitioners)  

Q is for Quotations

Through the years, I’ve collected quotations. They are always the salve I need to get through difficult times, the inspiration to persist, and the gasoline to keep the euphoria of a good mood going. One journal is filled with quotes I’ve found since high school, however I’ve since moved on to a Pinterest board of quotes and other sayings. It’s faster to save on Pinterest, but the act of writing a quote onto a piece of paper involves actually saying or thinking the words as I physically put it to paper. I’ve noticed that the latter results in quotes “sticking to my gut”. My all-favorite quotes are: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.” -Mikhail Baryshnikov “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” …

F is for Ficus Benghalensis

What the heck is Ficus Benghalensis you ask?  It’s also known as the Indian Banyan Tree.  Luckily for me you can find it growing throughout Hawai’i Island.  I always wondered how these massive trees arrived in Hawai’i as it is not a native plant.  I did a bit of digging to learn more. Along our Banyan Drive in Hilo, where all the major hotels are located, you will find these large trees lined along the road.  About eighty years ago the Hilo Parks Commission had these trees planted by celebrities, politicians, athletes and even religious leaders.  Today, when you walk past these trees you can see a plaque with the individual’s name and the year it was planted. These large Banyan trees always take my breath away.  Sitting under one of these massive trees, you feel very tiny and protected with all of its exposed branches.  Sometimes, when we hangout along Banyan Drive, it feels so peaceful and tranquil to be there.  When the wind blows, the leaves brush together creating a soothing sound.  For …