Yesterday, I was very blessed to be asked to help work in the Lo’i Kalo (Taro Patch). My friend, Andi asked me if I wanted to join and of course, I said yes immediately. It was such a beautiful experience and I loved the feeling of being one with the land. Such an incredible, spiritual time. Not only did I get to interact with the land but I also got to meet some extraordinary people. The kind of people who change the world. Auntie Ku’uipo and Uncle Steve own and run the farm and they are such beautiful souls and so welcoming. Andi is also a teacher at Waialua and I got to meet her fellow colleagues and kids. Everyone was so amazing. It’s really nice being around children and see the way they look at the world and how they are learning such important life lessons when they get to do things like cleaning the taro fields.

Hawaii is that kind of place. The kind where you meet amazing people every day. People who are passionate about their aina, their culture and their nation. People who are passing down their knowledge – cultural practitioners. People who understand how fragile and important it is to teach the future generations about traditional practices.

Working in the taro patch beside all of these amazing people reinstated how healing and important the idea of community is and how much you can get done when you work together.

Hawaii No Ka Oi.

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