I spent the early morning and afternoon with Jim and his family at the Farmer’s Market in Hawi. We started early, a little after 5am packing up the van and the trailer with various tables, heating and serving implements and food stuffs. Jim has a booth and he and Leah serve up wonderful Puerto Rican food made with all organic and locally grown veggies, meat, rice and beans. He whips up a mean plantain! I was happy to help. I didn’t know what I was doing but I was able to check on customers, clear plates, serve and wipe down the table.
The people here are stellar. I got to meet some very spectacular and special people. A chocolatier, a couple that made raw vegan pastries, a guy who marinated his pork for 4 weeks to make the best char sui I’ve had in a while. I got a chair massage from a crazy beautiful massage therapist (swoon), and just loved practically everyone I came in contact with. There was a man who had picked awupahi ginger and came over and talked to me about it’s cleansing qualities. He took one of the bulbs and squeezed it into my hand for me to feel what pure awupahi ginger felt like right off the bulb. People seem to be much more genuine to strangers here. Their warmth and generosity of spirit inspires me.
I talked to the chocolatier a bit throughout the day. I enjoyed her company. When I said good bye to her, she said to me, “Our lives have been enriched by you being here.” Normally I would think that that was just something people said. But I felt that she deeply and authentically meant what she says. It makes me think about the people that come into my life in the fleeting moment and how my life is enriched that much more by those small but ever so meaningful interactions.
I was grateful for the opportunity to help Jim’s family out with their lively hood. I hope that I didn’t get in the way too much. The kids would play with the others, the baby would sit in her seat or be held by one of the kids or adults. I got a chance to hold the baby quite a bit today. I loved holding her and can’t remember the last time I held a baby that small. Today, day 3, was all about my friends here:
This was an awesome day. Leah and I went back to the kava bar. She brought the baby with her. It was nice to spend time with Leah and the little one there. I am happy for my friends Jim and Leah that they’ve found each other. She has so much love for him and it’s evident in how she talks about him with every word she says.
Tomorrow, Jim and I will go on an adventure. We will go to the Pololu beaches for a hike. This is some gorgeous terrain and I’m looking forward to photographing it, as well as some beautiful and primordial spots along the way.