As you may know, the Hawaiian Islands are some of my favorite places to travel. From climbing above the clouds to watch the sunset at Mauna Kea to exploring jungle trails that lead to secluded waterfalls, there are always new adventures to be had. Read on to hear some of the highlights from my trip!
I wanted to return to the Big Island this year to connect to its sacral and root chakra energies. On my personal journey, I have been striving to heal these spaces on a deeper level. What better way than to go to the Big Island to get back to the Earth…where land is still being created by the world’s most active volcano: Kilauea.
The first place I traveled to was a farm near Pahoa. In exchange for 2 hours of work per day, I was able to stay in a beautiful Balinese hale (house) for 5 nights. It was such a treat to care for the land and get my hands dirty!
The first adventure I went on was to see the sunset at Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s highest point. It was very cold and windy, but so worth it to be above the clouds to watch the sun set on that glorious first day.
The next two afternoons I spent at Volcanoes National Park, the home of Kilauea. The first afternoon I drove Chain of Craters Road, a 38 miles roundtrip drive through lava fields and down to the coast to where the lava meets the sea. Just feeling the new earth under my feet and laying on the fields brought my energy into balance.
As I was losing daylight, I hurried to see the largest petrogylph field in Hawaii. There were thousands of petroglyphs, representing everything from birth to death. One common characteristic to each area in the field were small holes cut into the rocks. This is where new parents placed the umbilical chord of their child for a long life and blessings.
After all the daylight was gone and I was driving back to exit the park, I saw the glow of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. Her beauty and strength could be felt even though I was miles away from the lava lake.
The following day in the park was one of the highlights of my trip! The 3-mile hike through Kilauae Iki takes you through ancient rainforest to a newly paved lava-crater and then back through rainforest. The experience of being down in the crater was otherworldly. There were steam vents and beautifully unique lava formations that Pele created. My energy was again grounded and rooted into the Earth as I sat and meditated in the middle of a perfect circle in the crater…yes, I am a crater meditator!
After all this hiking and exploring, my body was feeling a bit sore. I booked an aquatic bodywork session, similar to Watsu, with a therapist that was recommended by a dear friend. I met Maxwell at Kalani, which is a retreat center that reminded me of Esalen. It was such a healing and safe feeling, to be held and moved in the water. I highly recommend trying aquatic bodywork if you ever receive the opportunity!
The rest of the time on Big Island was spent in the northern part of the island at Waipio Rim. There I went on an intense hike across a long black sand beach and through the base of the valley, which let to secluded waterfalls. I spent time playing in the water and letting it wash over my soul…yet another unforgettable part of my travels.
As my time on the Big Island was winding down, I stopped at Kaumana Caves on my way to the Hilo airport. Created by the 1881 lava flow, these caves go back 2 miles in extreme darkness. My headlamp allowed me to go back into the caves to see their beautiful cathedral ceilings and unique lava formations. The darkness and the unknowns of the caves sent shivers up my spine a few times, but I was so glad I faced my fears and explored them!
The last part of my trip was on Kauai, my favorite of all the islands. There, I spent time catching up with friends over wine, eating delicious fresh food, and resting on some of our planets most beautiful beaches. I am beyond grateful to have these experiences on this stunning planet we call home. I hope that my travels inspire you to go out and see the beauty in this world!
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