People keep talking about the energy that is under our feet here in Hawaii because of the volcanic activity and the constant creation of new land. This energy also seems to draw very spiritually aware people to the island to connect with the spirit they feel here. My husband and I met a group of such people yesterday for a hike down to the verdant, lush and gorgeous Polo’lu Valley outside of Hawi on the northern end of the island.
This group is working with my friend, Nancy Sweatt, owner of Dolphin Journey’s and Martin Grassberger, a personal trainer who have created a Dolphin Wellness Retreat to bring people together here on the island to experience the joy of swimming with dolphins, hiking, working out on long white sand beaches, and connecting with the special energy on this island. We had a chance to join this group as they traveled into the valley to scope out the path for the retreat being held in October.
The young people we met on this adventure were a treat! We hiked down to the valley floor, then across the beach and then up the other side. The trail went up into a dense jungle and we were all laughing that it was like a long hike in an episode of “Survivor”. Along the way, one of the hikers, Stephanie and I were talking about finding signs that meant something special to us if we looked for them.
She found a lava rock with a perfect heart (her favorite sign) on the beach. (Which goes with the concept of, when you set your mind to find something, it’s amazing how the universe gives you what you want)
During the hike, the weather gave us bit of everything, from rain, sunshine, wind and calm. Being surrounded with such serene and unspoiled beauty gave us all a chance to talk about being connected to the land, gratefulness for having our health, and the company of new and old friends. It’s amazing how far you can push yourself (like up the side of the mountain surrounded by jungle) when you are talking about being blessed instead of worrying about mosquitos!
If you ever find yourself in this valley and want to experience this hiking adventure, walk across the mouth of the valley and follow the trail up into the forest on the other side. It’s difficult enough to make you know you are hiking, but it’s such interesting terrain, you want to keep going to see what’s around the next corner!
So, I was thinking about my dad, who passed away in April, and since his death, I have been seeing rainbows. When I see one, I think of it as a sign he has presented to me so I remember him. As we were walking back across the valley, my husband yelled, “Get the camera!” and I looked up to see the most beautiful, bright rainbow on the ocean and the cliffs. It was just spectacular!
The group got to the other side of the valley and we started the trek back up the mountain..with visions of a cocktail at Bamboo restaurant in Hawi as our motivator! When we got half way up, we were pleasantly surprised to see the rainbow still hanging over the rocks. We were the only ones left on the trail and we all knew we were seeing something very special. I had a chance to thank my dad for being there, thank the island for presenting us such a view and Pele/spirit for giving me the day with a group of people to enjoy this adventure with. Sometimes you get what you want, right when you need it.