Abundant Flow, Hilo, Hawaii
A visit to the real old Hawaii: the first thing we will celebrate is May Day! In Hawaii, May Day has a unique history of celebration because May Day is Lei Day. Although it always seems to be summer in Hawaii, May, in springtime is especially lovely since the flowers have burst into full bloom and the air is fresh with their fragrance. The leis are made with these beautiful flowers.
We will meet in the historic town of Hilo, where we can fly in to Hilo International Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii. The town of Hilo sits on Hilo Bay, at the base of the great Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea Volcanoes and is known for its lush gardens, waterfalls and rainbows. Each of us will be able to create a lei with the sacred Ti leaf and flowers. We will have the opportunity to participate in a Reiki healing session, performed with harp music. After a welcome dinner we will spend that evening relaxing, healing. After breakfast, the next day, which is May Day, we will give each other our lovely flower leis and go explore secret places on the island.
We will drive across historic lava fields to remote to Kapoho Turtle pond, visit Akaka Falls, explore exquisite gardens and have our own May Day Circle, where we will honor each other and the Mother Earth with our leis . An old Hawaiian saying, “Malama kekahi i kekahi” means “Take care of each other.” Later on, we will explore lava tubes, black sand beaches and warm springs. We will have lessons in ancient Hula, a bon fire on the cliff overlooking the ocean. We will drive through the rain forest, full of the scent of wild ginger, exquisite orchids and giant ferns, up the mountain to the Volcano National Park, where we will have a unique and rare opportunity to have ceremony with a Kahuna (Hawaiian Priestess) from the Ancient Hawaiian lineage of Pele. Since there are very few of these trained Kahunas left, this opportunity for sacred healing is one that not many people get the chance to have.
Kilauea, where the Volcano House is located is revered by the Hawaiians and they pay homage to the mountain and the Goddess Pele, who is the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire and Creation. It is here, from Kilauea, on the slopes of Mauna Loa that the creation of new earth is ongoing with volcanic activity. We will explore sacred sites and the beautiful Niaulani Hawaiian Forest.
As the official signs at the Volcano National Park indicate, the land there is sacred. The signs declare the park’s acreage as the “land where the goddess dwells” and invites the visitor to “experience for yourself, the spirit within this awe inspiring wahi kapu” or “sacred landscape” of volcanic rock. “As you enter this wahi kapu, prepare to be inspired, for Native Hawaiians believe this to be the home of Pelehonuamea (Pele), the creator and creative energy that formed these volcanic islands.” We will travel down the other side of the mountain to Kona, stopping to visit powerful sacred areas along the way. In Kona we will stay at the historic Keauhou Beach Resort Hotel.
Nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano, is the western city of Kona. In ancient times, this area was considered the perfect place to live because of the excellent weather and pure water. Many kings made their homes here. Later, missionaries built churches and residences, turning the tiny fishing village into a small seaport. In Kona, we will swim with the wild dolphins, have ceremonies in sacred places and revel in the beauty and raw energy of the Hawaiian landscape.
We will spend 2 mornings communing with the dolphins. Dolphins are special beings on the earth. Have you ever noticed that they have an ever-present smile on their faces? Dolphins teach us about the life we are meant to lead, to be playful, loving and spiritually connected beings of light. Their energy represents unconditional love and is a very powerful tool in opening our heart chakras. There is still much to learn about dolphins and their teachings. They are beautiful creatures that should be held in reverence and honor. To be able to swim with them is a privilege and an special opportunity for healing. Our swim with the wild dolphins will be professionally guided throughout two mornings by a young man who has followed his heart and spent much of his life with the dolphin energy. If you would like to stay in the boat and just “BE” with the dolphins, that will be fine.
We will gather for circle sharing during the magical time of sunset on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and have a forgiveness ceremony at Pu’u Honua O’Honaunau.
Lee will help us to understand the messages which we may have received from the dolphins, either individually, or as a group. Each day will be an exploration of the island and of ourselves as we strive to understand some of the ancient Hawaiian teachings. At night we can enjoy the evening breezes along the beach. All the while, we will be understanding more of the real meaning of Aloha. Please read about the Real Aloha, below, from the book, “The Meaning of Kahuna” by Daddy Kaonohiokala Bray:
“The Real Aloha.
To be a kahuna, a person… must live according to the secret meaning of Aloha:
A: ala, watchful alertness
L: lokahi, working with unity
O: oiaio, truthful honesty
H: ha’aha’a, humility
A: Aahonui, patient perseverance
Aloha to the Hawaiian of old, means God in us. It means, ‘Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all forms of life, and humble.’ Kahunas had to learn these things. When they learned them, they found God. They beheld nature as God created it. Beauty in nature is found in flowers, trees, and every living thing on earth, sea, air and fire. Even the rocks and stones and earth have life, according to this way.”
Our hope is that by the time we leave the beautiful island of Hawaii, we will have some ALOHA in each one of us!
We will fly home from Kona International Airport with our hearts full of abundance, happiness and aloha. We are excited to offer this adventure, especially since Tina’s family (who were not missionaries) first settled on the island of Hawaii in the 1800’s and she fondly remembers the power of Pele, the lush forests and the healing ocean as part of her youth. We hope that you will join us for this special heart sharing.
Our journey to Hawaii is evolving into a unique and rare spiritual adventure, even for someone like Tina, who was born and raised in the islands. We will be experiencing the real old Hawaii, visiting sacred places every day, creating old time Hawaiian leis and hulas, and working with one of the very few Kahunas who still knows the pure ancient Hawaiian spirituality. “Aloha” means spirit of love and that is what we will come to know.
Arrive Hilo International airport and be transported to Kalani Oceanside Retreat. This is a gracious area, south of Hilo.
After settling in, we will gather to make leis with Auntie Dottie, who will teach us how to weave the sacred Ti leaf and then, add flowers to make beautiful, traditional Hawaiian leis. After our welcome dinner, we are offering a special reiki healing performed with harp music. The rest of the evening, we encourage you to explore the lovely grounds, to relax and prepare for an amazing week ahead.
After breakfast we will go to an unusual place. A truly awesome experience awaits you! A scenic and fun four wheel drive takes you over historical lava flows to Kapoho’s Pond also known as Turtle Pond. There you will snorkel and swim in the sparkling-clean, volcanically-heated freshwater that percolates from the ground! This protected ocean inlet is filled with crystal clear water, a scattering of fish, and seems to be a favorite hangout for sea turtles (Honu).
After returning to Kalani for lunch, we will spend the afternoon at the World Botanical Gardens and Akaka Falls, where we will have a May Day ceremony.
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, located along the Hamakua coast, is a stunningly beautiful area that fronts Onomea Bay. Wander through over 2,000 exotic types of flora in this Eden-like setting. Birds abound and the aroma of flowers and fruit fill the air. Onomea Falls is located on the grounds and the views of the bay are sensational! Next, you will visit one of Hawaii’s most spectacular and celebrated waterfalls, Akaka Falls.
Hike a short and scenic trail through a tropical rainforest of giant ginger, heliconia, ferns, orchids, and bamboo to an amazingly serene setting.
After Dinner that evening, you will have the option to participate in (or watch) a traditional Hula class.
Experience the beauty and power of this uniquely Hawaiian art form that combines storytelling with dance, chant, and music. Everyone from beginners to experienced dancers are invited to come and learn about the hula, from its basic steps to a full hula dance by the end of the session.
After Breakfast, we will pack a lunch and go to three different amazing places, near each other, along the remote south east coast.
Touch the spirit of the `Äina (the land) as you hike through and explore a natural, untouched lava tube at the amazing Mackenzie State Park. Walk through a mysterious grove of trees and then experience the dark and humid cave formed by Pele’s lava. Lava consists of a special crystal that has powerful healing energy, especially inside a lava tube.
Explore Malamaki where the waves crash over 100 foot lava cliffs, causing spectacular ocean sprays and an opportunity for some really great photos. Shell Beach is right around the corner, a wonderful black sand beach, which offers great pools for soaking and relaxing.
Swim and snorkel the Wai’Opae Tide Pools, a protected natural marine reserve, and discover amazing oceanic flora and fauna. Experience the serenity of swimming through schools of colorful Hawaiian reef fish in their natural environment. You may also explore the beach without snorkeling.
Soak, swim and relax at Ahalanui Warm Pond, a large spring and ocean-fed pond heated by underground geothermal forces.
After dinner, we will gather on the cliffs overlooking the ocean for a night time bonfire ceremony.
Next morning, after breakfast, we will pack up, then, drive to and explore the Volcano National Park. In this sacred landscape we will meet with a Kahuna who follows the practice of powerful ancient Hawaiian spirituality. She will perform a sacred ceremony for us, calling in her lineage of Pele and her Kahuna ancestors.
Kahuna Ali’i Wahine Kalei is a kanaka maoli (aboriginal) of Hawaii, where she resides. Her ancestral roots trace all the way back to the Makali’i (the Stars) and beyond, down a long line of Kahuna Ali’i Wahine and Kahuna Ali’i Kane. Kahuna Kalei’s family God is Lono who is uncle to Goddess Pele, and she is their descendent. She is a Spiritual Intuitive, Healer and a Wisdom Keeper.
After our ceremony, we will have lunch at the Volcano and stop at other sacred sites as we drive around the island to Kona. There we will check in to the Keauhou Beach Resort Hotel, our place for the next 3 nights. We are free to explore the historic beach front of the hotel which was built on sacred grounds of the Ali’i (Royalty) of old Hawaii and has developed into a cultural center. We will have dinner at this Hotel. In the evening, we will be able to integrate our powerful experience with the Kahuna and Pele. Sunset at the beach in Kona is spectacular. It is possible to sometimes see a flash of green healing light just as the sun goes down.
The next morning, after breakfast, we will meet the boat to spend the morning on a swim with wild dolphins. We will be guided by a young man who has been working with dolphin energy most of his life. He has learned many things from the dolphins, including wonderful music. Here is a video that he has made.
Our swims with the wild dolphins will be an uplifting, healing, joyful experience full of unconditional love from these sacred beings.
After lunch, we will visit a holy place called Pu’u Honua O’Honaunau. It is a place that has been sacred since the beginning of its time and the ancient Hawaiians declared it a Place of Refuge.
This is a sanctuary of forgiveness, where whatever sin you have committed, it will be forgiven through ritual there. This is where true healing happens. We will conduct a ceremony at sunset on the shore. That evening, we will visit the bustling town of Kona for a delicious local dinner.
The next morning, after breakfast we will go back to swim with the wild dolphins one last time in the coastal waters along the western edge of the Big Island. The afternoon will be spent on the sacred grounds of our hotel, exploring the beach and gardens. Lee will be available to help us understand any messages we may have received from the dolphins. Listening to traditional Hawaiian music, we will have a farewell dinner together. Afterwards, we will go to a special place along the shore to have our Full Moon, ceremony of Gratefulness.
The last morning after breakfast we will depart for Kona International airport full of Aloha and amazing memories of the unique spiritual, generous heritage of ancient Hawaii. Our guides will help us each day to integrate the essence of aloha “To the Hawaii of Old, The Spirit of Aloha was the spiritual essence of life. Aloha was a philosophy, a way of living, a code in life. The Aloha Chant below, defines and expresses the characteristics and traits of that Spirit. The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the Self. Each person must
think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, Aloha, the following unuhi laula loa (free translation) may be used:
* Akahai, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
* LÃ´kahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
* Olu`olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
* Ha`aha`a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
* Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.”
Land only cost for this amazing time in ancient Hawaii: $2,800.00
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The trip includes:
Kahuna ceremony with Pele at the sacred volcano grounds
5 other Ceremonies (We will have a ceremony each day!):
May Day ceremony at the water falls
Bon Fire Ceremony on the cliffs over the Pacific Ocean
Forgiveness Ceremony at Pu’u Honua O’Honaunau
Full moon celebration and Closing Circle of Gratitude
Plus, Dolphin integration work with Lee
All entrance fees to gardens, parks, and historical sites
2 Guided dolphin excursions on boats
Flowers and lei making equipment
Trip to Kapoho Turtle ponds
Exploration of Lava Tube
Trip to snorkel at special Black Sands Beach
Swim and soak in Ahalanui Warm springs Pond
Explore Volcano National Park and sacred sites
Explore ancient Hawaiian site of Pu’u Honua O’Honaunau
Traditional Hawaiian music
Special welcome dinner
Special farewell dinner
Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on the boats.