On the Big Island of Hawaii the Kilauea volcano lava still flows and the rain forest is abuzz with a non-human presence. For me, the island’s Puna Coast is a pulse point, where I can feel the rhythm of the planet’s life force course beneath, reminding me of who I am and how we are all connected to the earth and to each other. It is a place that asks us to give more boldly to the glory of all.
The ancient culture of the Hawaiian people seems to have developed from this type of understanding. I have learned that the Hawaiian word “aloha” literally means “the breath of life.” It makes sense then, that the breath of life is both greeting and departure, as well as an expression of love. At a baby’s birth, attention was given to the literal connection of human to physical place. The umbilical stumps of new babies were placed inside small holes in large rocks. This is the way that the baby, no longer physically connected to its mother, would be connected to the earth. Rocks containing rows of these small holes are still visible and some parents continue this practice today.
The sense of connectedness I feel there has become an important element in my creative process. After many visits during the past ten years, I have purchased a small home there as a creative retreat. My initial desire was to make creative retreat time on the Big Island of Hawaii a mainstay in my own life. Before even purchasing the property, however, I realized that I wanted to help others also have this opportunity -- at a lower cost than I have been paying this past decade -- to be present with all that is alive on the island.
This letter is an invitation to spend time on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kalapana Sea View and to let others who are interested in better knowing their creative gifts apply for residency as well. Here are the answers to some questions you may have…
Just a few miles to the west of Kalapana Sea View, the earth is in genesis, pouring its molten brilliance into the sea, causing a plume of orange smoke to rise high into the night sky above its intense, methodical creation. Would you like the encouragement to pour your brilliance into the world? Would you like time to uncoil the constricting presence of your usual obligations and hear the calling of what must come next in your life?
I adore your intentions to live boldly and creatively. Please respond – and pass this information on to others whom you feel would benefit from a residency on the island of Hawaii as well.