Trip Highlights: Hawaii Adventure 2018

 

  • We’ll open our week by participating in a traditional Awa ceremony.       Awa (Kava Kava) is one of the foremost Polynesian healing and ceremonial plants. There is an old saying that there can be only love where Kava is present. It seems a fitting way to begin our journey, in the spirit of aloha.
  • Movement/Yoga ~ wake up, stretch, and greet the day.
  • Delight in a Hula performance ~ Hula is the sacred form of Hawaiian movement practiced by the local people.       This powerful dance form tells a story and conveys a real depth of feeling.
  • Kona Farm Tour
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Visit The City of Refuge ~ Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws against the gods) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or “pu`uhonua”.
  • Free time in Kona Town for shopping/ sight seeing, people watching or sitting on the sea wall or under the huge banyan trees to watch the setting sun and the early stars.
  • Beach time! We’ll have time to snorkel, boogie board if the waves are right, and/or just R & R on the beach.
  • Talk Story’ with a local Hawaiian herbalist ~ The Hawaiian culture has developed over the millennium its own system of healing of which medicinal plants play an important part. We will talk story with a local Hawaiian herbalist and learn about native Hawaiian medicinals.
  • Prepare offerings for our Pele Ceremony We will be making puolos (traditional offerings) for our sunrise ceremony at Kilauea Volcano, the home of Madam Pele’s.
  • We’ll depart early for the Volcanoes National Park for a spiritual pilgrimage to the Kilauea caldera, the home of Madam Pele.       The Volcano is honored by the Hawaiians as the home of the fire goddess Pele. This goddess has been giving birth continuously for the past twenty years as evidenced by hot flowing lava, and huge columns of steam visible to the human eye.       The power of earth moved by Spirit is undeniable when in the presence of the volcano.
  • Hike the Kilauea-Iki Trail.  This hike will take us through a native Ohia/Hapu Fern forest and out into the caldera.
  • Spa Day at the Beach ~Jane and Natalie will be offering a “Spa Day at the Beach” where we’ll experience herbal body wraps, salt scrubs, facials, and other body care treatments.
  • Visit to the Historic Pu’ukohola Heiau.  This guided tour will take us to the Hawaiian Temple (Heiau) where the Hawaiian Kingdom traces its roots.
  • Kayaking & Snorkeling with the whales and dolphins. In kayaks, we may have the opportunity to swim with these magnificent mammals.  Picnic breakfast served at the beach.
  • Medicine Wheel Ceremony
  • Hike into Pololulu Valley. This unique black sand beach is a local favorite spot.
  •  Social Awa Drinking

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