Hawaii was truly an amazing experience. I cannot recall having ever fallen in love with a location before, but I did connect soulfully and deeply with the town of Hawi. I adored the people there, loved the location and shops, the Kohala Koffee Mill, Kava Kafe, Sushi Rock, Hawi Gallery. All places I would visit on a regular basis if I actually lived there. I loved the feeling of brother and sisterhood, how people looked you in the eyes, talked to you from their authentic selves and lived every moment in the moment.
It’s been a few days now since I’ve re-entered the atmosphere of my day to day life. I was going to say “normal life” but I think that there is nothing normal about it. I lead an extraordinary life. I have wonderful and amazing people whom I love and love me back with ferver. I have a zest for life and a hunger for the creative and beautiful things of this world.
As much as I would like to pull stakes and move, I can’t right now. Maybe this will happen sometime in the future, but whether I am there or not, I can honor that feeling I had there by simply taking it back home by being open hearted, live an authentic and true existence of creativity and love. This is how I normally live. Now it seems that I have all the more reason to.
Finally, I will speak directly now to my host over there and my good friend Jim: My brother, I don’t think you realize how big of a gift you gave me by allowing me into your house, showing me the beauty and the magic of your city and very small patch of an amazing land. I came there to heal from a devastating time in my life, and not only did I heal, my heart and soul grew tremendously. You are an incredibly strong, talented, thoughtful man and I hear and see the care you have for the people in your life. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a friend like you. I am honored to know you, interact with you, and call you my friend. Mahalo, my brother.
The chocolatier I met at the farmer’s market taught me the word “pono”. It means “do the right thing”.
Live in the spirit that is good, love people, be helpful, smile, be friendly, live well and in the present. I’m glad that there is a word to encompass this. This is how I try to live: pono.