Kalani Honua Blog - Kalani
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We've long wondered how to convey the beautiful experience that is 'Camping at Kalani'.
With lush tropical jungle surrounds to inspire you by day and a blanket of stars to cover you at night, it's hard to encapsulate what campers receive in our campgrounds experientially (physically and emotionally) in just a few simple words.
Thankfully one of our long-term volunteers, Molly Rikkers, has done it for us in the beautiful poem below.
Molly camped at Kalani for ten months (she and her tent are pictured).
Whether you're considering camping in Hawaii at Kalani or simply reading the Kalani blog for pleasure, .my jungle tent. makes for an inspiring read.
.my jungle tent.
my home breathes with the jungle.
the walls are transparent and billow like sails in the wind.
i have to unzip the windows to let air in, unzip the door to let myself in.
tiny droplets of water splash onto my pillow when it rains.
lilikoi vines wrap around the foundation and climb towards the sky.
if i don't weed every few days, the jungle will swallow me.
and i love it.
i'm safe on my wooden platform, under my teal-streaked tarp, behind my see-through walls.
i sleep in a sea of green.
i lie in my bed and watch shooting stars from my window.
i can rub a gecko's belly and give it mini high-fives with my fingertip as it hunts for dinner on my rooftop.
the coqui frog orchestra serenades me to sleep and the blue-eyed doves remind me that it's time to wake up.
i have everything i need in here with me, in this 13 by 9 foot space.
and it's the most perfect home i've ever lived in.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
If you are reading this you may be thinking about coming to Kalani as a volunteer.
The search for ‘something’ (maybe you're not exactly sure what yet) has brought you to this website, and now you're curious about this place called 'Kalani' on the Big Island of Hawaii.
That’s how it happened to me, anyway. As I sat reading through other blog posts six months ago, my heart beat a little faster. Why? Because each post provided a glimpse of what life was like at this special place, and what I heard resonated deep inside. I wanted what I was reading about. My soul needed it, and I'm guessing that yours might too.
For this reason I want to share a little about my own experience at Kalani in the hope that it will encourage you to have your own personal experience with, what I call, 'The Kalani Effect'.
As soon as I arrived I could tell that my time at Kalani would be life-changing.
The Big Island, with its lush jungle, volcano, powerful ocean and endless canopy of stars in the night sky couldn’t have been more different from my life in a small English town, a 'nine to five' office job, and live-for-the-weekend lifestyle.
During my stay at Kalani I danced, laughed and laughed, ate well and tried all sorts of different classes, diving into everything that was on offer. I can't tell you how good it felt to be interested in new things again.
I swam in the pool almost every day, wove bracelets that I’ll keep forever, watched moonlight on the waves, smelled the most wonderful fragrances from flowers in the night air, helped make a community drum, sketched and painted, dressed up, had blissful massages, swam with sea turtles and colourful fish, made amazing friendships, had one of the most memorable birthdays ever in my 37 years, opened my heart, remembered what it was like to experience joy every day, and more and more and more…
Oh, I also cleaned some bathrooms and made quite a lot of beds! But even during my volunteer work hours at Kalani, there was still time to think, to reflect and to listen to myself.
One of the best bits about this place (because there are many best bits) is the people. The fellow volunteers and staff are fun, loving, supportive, mindful, interesting, entertaining, engaging and most of all being themselves. And they stay in your heart even once you’ve left.
Not a single day passed when I didn’t at some point think "I can’t believe I’m in Hawaii, I’m so lucky!"
And once I departed, my life was suddenly full of possibilities again. I was more confident that I could create the life I wanted rather than reacting to life around me. I was happier. I felt excited again.
Three months on, that same feeling of confidence and happiness - 'The Kalani Effect' - is still strong within me. My stay at Kalani has changed my life permanently.
So, if you do come to Kalani, at the very least you’ll have fun and catch some sun, and at the very best it will be a life-enhancing and life loving experience!
Kalani is a place where you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so do whatever you need to do make your visit happen. If that means saving money, arranging vacation time, or taking care of other practical details, do it. If it means facing some fears and anxieties, so be it. Once you get to Kalani you’ll realise you don't need to hang onto fear and anxiety anymore. You'll have the time and space you need to get to know yourself. You'll learn to create and live the life you've always wanted for yourself.
In the end, my own experience of living and volunteering with this community – the Kalani 'ohana (family) – was truly more than I could have hoped for.
I hope you too will take the leap and honor whatever it is that is calling you to go.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Local beach 'Kehena' has been voted as one of the world's "Top 10 Secluded Beaches" alongside beaches in Curacao, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica in the July/August issue of Islands Magazine.
Kehena beach is known for its picturesque location, black sand, and sunday drumming circle. Dolphins and whales are also frequently spotted close to shore.
Many of Kalani's guests, who come to attend a wellness or yoga retreat in Hawaii, soon discover the magic of Kehena. The beach is a short walk from Kalani grounds and is a favorite of residents within the local Puna community.
Have you visited Kehena Beach? What are your fondest memories of this special place? Tell us on the Kalani Facebook page or in the comments section below.
Here's what Jon Whittle, a photographer for Islands Magazine, had to say about his first visit to Kehena...
THE BIG ISLAND'S KEHENA BEACH
- Jon Whittle, Photographer, Islands Magazine
My No. 1 tip from 10 years of travel photography? Follow rumors. There are no billboards for secret beaches. Having heard of a special spot below the cliffs of Puna, I drove through a tunnel of monkeypod trees on the Red Road, asking myself 'What do you wear to a nude beach?'
Passing a row of parked cars adorned with peace symbols, I stomped on the brakes. This must e the place. I strapped on my camera bag, pushed through the foliage and followed rough black "steps" made of a'a lava toward the sound of a big Pacific break.
I rounded a bend to see a sheer cliff rising from a sheltered cove. The sound of drums echoed intermittently above he crashing waves, and I caught a whiff of the distinctive aroma of 1967. Scattered pines grew from the soft ebony sand, providing shade for the unclothed bodies lying underneath.
Resisting the urge to stare, I found an opening under a nearby pine and unrolled a towel onto a perfect spot to spend the afternoon. The longhaired man beside me etended a hand in greeting. He looked like Iggy Pop, at least from the neck down.
"Welcome to Kehena," he said. This place is like a community. Stay a while and you'll meet painters, musicians, BI fugitives and people who just couldn't take the mainland anymore." He chuckled loudly, pointed down at the oversize camera sitting beside me and said, "You might want to put that away though."
This content is re-printed courtesy of Islands Magazine from the article "Top 10 Secluded Beaches" in the July/August 2011 issue. Islands magazine offers readers stunning photos and compelling stories that inspire island travel. Visit the official website to order a free trial issue of this exquisite pubilcation and like Islands Magazine on Facebook to receive daily updates on Island life in your news feed.