Sunday, December 14, 2014

Aloha - Maui 2014

I acknowledge, with respect, the land and ways of the Hawaiian people. I am grateful for the time, the sharing, and the welcoming aloha spirit I receive when I visit. I am grateful to the 'aina and the kai for nurturing and teaching me.

'Aina
Respect the land that sustains us

 Kai
Respect the mother ocean

This month I was blessed to have the resources and opportunity to travel back to Maui, Hawaii to allow my spirit time to heal and grow in the ways of aloha; to allow myself the time and space to feel well and to regain a unification with the land and the sea. It is in this place that I feel most whole and most at peace. I do not have to work or spend time in the usual day to day chores - I know it is not a reflection of how life would be if I were lucky enough to be allowed to stay there permanently but it gives me the chance to practice a different way of being.

In being there, I struggle with my colonialist history as a Brit and a Canadian. It is not my land. It is not my right to be there. I am a visitor - malihini on Maui. The land (aina) and sea (kai) are the home and the life force of the Hawaiian people and, although I am an uninvited malihini, I am greeted everywhere with the spirit of aloha. I listen when someone chooses to talk story with me about their life and their history and I watch traditional hula, not as a show, but as a part of the the way of life of a people. I am grateful to all who share their stories with me and to the mau kumu and kupuna who have taught me over the years on Lana'i, Maui, Oahu and Hawai'i.

If you visit Hawaii, please give yourself time to learn about the ways of the land and her first people. Carry the aloha spirit with you and pay attention to the land and the sea. They are our teachers, our caregivers and our life source. Malama Pono.

Here are some pictures from my visit.

Mahalo.

-Gillian Cornwall, c. December 14, 2014

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 Hibiscus - Hawaii State Flower
Photo: G. Cornwall, c December 2014

 Coconut Palm
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014 


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Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 Mauka Side, Ka'anapali Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 Kai Side, Ka'anapali Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Mauka - Lahaina, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Bird of Paradise
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Stormy Sky - Ka'anapali, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Pink Hibiscus
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Seed Pod from ?
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Beach at Ka'anapali, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Looking towards Molokai at Sunset
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Close Up of Molokai
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Close Up of Molokai
Photo: c. December 2014

Beautiful Sunset Time
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014


Molokai Close Up
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Ka'anapali Sunset
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Me with Black Rock behind - where I swam with 4 honu (sea turtles)
Photo: J. McLean, c. December 2014

Toward Black Rock, Ka'anapali, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Royal Lahaina Resort Tower - where we stayed
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Palms in the Wind
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Mauka - Ka'anapali, Maui
 Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Sunset on Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Maui Sunset
 Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 Kai
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Variety of Flora
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Lahaina Town, Maui - from the Expeditions Ferry to Lana'i
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Mauka from the ferry, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

USA and Hawaiian Flag on Pioneer Inn - Lahaina, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Lahaina Town and the sugar stack from 1861
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Maui from the Expeditions Ferry to Lana'i
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Expeditions Ferry from the Expeditions Ferry :-)
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 The flower of my dreams - Plumeria on Lana'i, Hawaii
Photo: G.Cornwall, c. December 2014

My fave spot on the beach on Lana'i
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

On the beach on Lana'i
 Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Hulopo'e - Lana'i
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

View from our room at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Sunset through the palms - Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Sunset at Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui - from our balcony
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Sunset - Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui
From our Balcony
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

More sunset through the Palms
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014.

Couple of kane body surfing in the shore break at sunset
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Morning View
 Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Catamaran anchored out
Ka'anapali, Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Plumeria in the sand
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

J. McLean on the beach at Ka'anapali, Maui
This trip was her birthday present. :-)
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 The Beach at Ka'anapali in the morning light
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The Cookhouse Theatre in Lahaina Town
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Me - on the seawall in Lahaina Town - I sat in this same spot about 15 years ago
Photo: J. McLean, c. December 2014

Carving at Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Gecko Outside Trying to get a spider that was inside.
He was very confused.
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Sunset from the restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

View from inside our beautiful room at the Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

View to Molokai from our hotel room at Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

A beautiful day from our room at Royal Lahaina Resort
What a great view when one awakens
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Paddle Carved with the Honu - Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Stylized photo of wahine dancing hula
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

A perfect day in Hawaii
 Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014
Beautiful local foliage surrounds the Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Beautiful local plants
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The Spectacular Banyan Tree in Lahaina Town
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Beautiful Pink Hibiscus
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Palms at Hulopo'e - Lana'i - My spiritual home
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 Hulopo'e - Lana'i
Grateful to have a couple of hours in the waters and on the beach
that is my spirit place - Aloha.
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014
On Expeditions Ferry on the way back from Lana'i.
Restored by the spirits that feed and protect me there.
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Sunset over Lana'i as we head back to Maui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Looking to Black Rock and Lana'i from the beach at our hotel
 Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The ocean reaches across the sands and beckons me
into the land of magical fish and honu
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The Salty Brine left from the mother on the sands of Ka'anapali
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The colours of the water from our room were ever changing
with the glory of each new day.
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

A long view of the Kai Side - Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The Panorama from our beautiful hotel room at the Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, C. December 2014

My Friend, Jodi McLean
From this picture, I would say she enjoyed her trip very much.
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

View from the lawns of the beautiful and peaceful, Royal Lahaina Resort
Mahalo for all you did to make our visit fun, beautiful and fulfilling.
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

The Foliage outside the Royal Lahaina Resort
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Looking Up Country from Kahalui
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

Yes, a chicken walking around freely by the agricultural inspection station at Kahalui Airport.
I suspect she is hired to inspect any eggs that come through. :-)
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

At Kahalui
Time to go back to Victoria...
Photo: G. Cornwall, c. December 2014

 Mahalo for reading and looking at my pictures.
Gillian