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Standing with Mauna Kea

As many of you may know, Hawaiians are fighting for their right to protect Mauna Kea, the mountain they view most sacred to them as it allowed them to connect to the heavens. They are protecting it from a thirteen-meter (18 stories) telescope (TNT) to be built at the top. Their desires are to look out into galaxies formed at the beginning of time. Although this may not seem like a great deal to some, the Hawaiians have been fighting to keep their land sacred since the beginning of colonization. Their oceans are being polluted, their crops are being poisoned, and the precious beaches have turned into sky risers where people can come to vacation. Their culture continues to fade away as tourism culture grows. Mauna Kea is incredibly sacred to the Hawaiians, a temple where they have gathered to pray and honor their ancestors, as well as preserved burial sites. However, this movement goes beyond protecting a mountain or a telescope. This is the movement of Hawaiian sovereignty. I feel honored and inspired to share my experience of participating in this fight that was entirely fueled by ancestral wisdom and aloha spirit.

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Who Are You Showing Up As?

It seems these days the realms of permaculture, sustainability, regenerative, mindfulness, spirituality, new-age, and higher consciousness are on the rise. I'm not sure if it correlates with the evolution of my journey, but it seems it's rapidly growing now more than ever. I suppose you could say it's really trending. However, within these realms, are we truly taking the teachings and embodying them into our daily lives? Are we just talking the talk or truly walking the walk? Who are we showing up as?

Obtain a Yield! Permaculture Principle 3

You can't work on an empty stomach! I'm finding it is incredibly synchronistic how these principles have been lining up with the teachings I've needed during the month and the theme that's occurred during the month. This month I've been focusing on obtaining a yield from the farm I'm currently interning at in Maui. One …

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Catch & Store Energy – Permaculture Principle 2

This past month I’ve really been capturing the abundance of energy (i.e., radiant sunlight, powerful waves, cleansing waterfalls, food from the land, loving community, blessings from the aina, ancestral knowledge) and storing it within myself. Taking the time to really sit with it and integrate it into my life. I took on a journaling project, …

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A Path Worth More Than Money

Lately I’ve been noticing feelings arise when the conversation around money comes up. Partly frustrated, confused, and saddened. It started when I was really looking forward to seeing my grandmother and updating her on where I’m at in my journey. Learning and teaching about permaculture daily, traveling to dive deeper into my connection with myself, Mother Earth, and community, moving into an off-grid tiny house, being connected to a spiritual Ashram, and pursuing a career in permaculture design. If you know me, you know these are the dreams that I’ve talked about wanting to manifest for a while! I excitedly updated her on all of my endeavors as she took a pause and asked “But are you making money from any of this?” My heart sank and frustration started to build as I was faced with a reality that reflected the perspectives of our culture.