For those of you I haven’t met yet my name is Tiki and I serve as Kalani’s General Manager. I came as a volunteer 9.5 years ago and my anniversary as Gen Mgr is coming up on seven years in a couple weeks. Welcome and a big “e komo mai !” to the new members of this community. We are so pleased to share our community and retreat center with you. My advice is usually “This place is awesome, be sure to try everything!” But I’d like to add to this: I’d like to invite you to enjoy yourself, make the most of it, really get into it, make it count, and experience the gift of service which will support any path you seek. To me, it’s a blessing to live in this jungle paradise as the back-drop for the opportunity to grow, to learn, to share, and to increase your relationship to yourself and to nature, which for me is a great teacher. Living in community is a vibrant, dynamic setting and it brings both challenges and growth as we have learned, we are all reflections of each other.
Tiki in 2009
On Friday, September 18th - all Kalani Board members voted to have me play the role of interim Executive Director for one month as we re-group to continue to serve our community, ourselves, and retreat center. I am honored to play this interim role, I will give it my heart and soul, but I have no intentions to apply for this position. Along with the Board, I will soon plan the process for filling this position. A favorite quote by CS Lewis applies to this time - “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis Those words: “IMUA” -- move forward, it’s always been my favorite Hawaiian word. One of the projects in the future is to have a new meeting space, not only for classes and events but for performing arts and its name will be “The IMUA Center”. To me, it’s an affirmation of life, it’s an affirmation of the gratitude for life that we are given with the gift of each breath, each heartbeat, to move forward. But how do we move forward with gratitude for this life? To move forward is to move forward in aloha, with compassion, faith, hope, and trust. I believe that our community is all committed and are re-committed to being one ‘ohana and supporting each other and doing our best to move forward.
Tiki this last September, 2015 celebrating her birthday
I once asked someone who was here for many years: “If for whatever reason you left Kalani, what would be the ONE – just the one thing you’d miss the most?” His answer surprised me but when I thought about it I realized it was true and it was wonderful. He said “The one thing I’d miss most is watching the tremendous experience, the tremendous change a person experiences here at Kalani in just one week.” In just one week. We are so fortunate, we have more than just one week, we have many weeks or many months or many years to bask in Kalani Honua, this heaven-on-earth. I’m reminding myself and all of you to enjoy, to give, to share, to be the best you can be, and to live and experience aloha, a way of living a love-filled life. So, my dear community - mahalo for letting me share, let’s help each other remember, and let’s IMUA, move forward in aloha.