Were you “Called” to the Big Island of Hawaii?

The Joy of Being Called to the Big Island One of the last sentences in my “How to Move to Kona” book was “After living in Silicon Valley for over 35 years, I have never once heard someone say they were called to live there, but I hear “I was called to the Big Island”  all the time. I want to share these stories.

Over the past few years, especially, after my 365 Things to Do in Kona page took off and people started reading this blog more, I have been approached by dozens of people saying they felt called to live on the Big Island due to a feeling they get during a visit that they have finally found “home”.  I have listened to amazing stories of people getting off the plane for the first time and immediately knowing they wanted to leave everything behind and move here. I always ask them, “What was the draw…the call?”  They say that it’s an energy that they feel from the island.

I recently held a writers workshop with Beth Bornstein Dunnington around the concept of “Called to the Big Island” and ten writers told their deeply personal and moving stories of how they came to call Hawaii home and of the deep love they have for this island, her culture, her beauty and Pele. The women around the circle told stories of how they came to be healed, find a sense of adventure, act on a feeling they have had for years or simply because they visited once and they could not imagine NOT living here.

I want to share these incredible stories and others in an anthology and am reaching out to Big Island writers who want to share their magical, mystical, inspiring and perhaps “not crazy” story of how they left everything behind to heed the call of the Big Island.


Called to the Big Island -The Book

If you would like to share and become a published author or add another writing project to your resume, I would love to read your story! I am accepting essays between 1500-2500 words in length until March 1, 2016. I am having the book edited and published here on the island and hope to release it by this summer. Join me in sharing a story that may inspire others who have felt the calling, as well, and need to connect with the stories of others to make the leap of faith.

Local motivational speaker and trainer, Rosa Say, told me that she stood at the top of the plane’s stairway looking towards the tarmac at Kona Airport and felt a rush of energy before she even touched the ground. She did not even get her luggage at baggage claim before she was calling her husband to tell him they had to move to Kona right away. Who does that? MANY PEOPLE DO!!

Called to the Big Island

Spiritual friends

Can’t wait to share these kinds of stories with the world this summer. Join me?

Email submissions to Julie@Ziemelis.com and please cc my editor, Beth Dunnington at beth@dunningtons.com.


We will alert you by April 1, 2016 to let you know if your submission was chosen for final publication and provide you with two free copies of the books and a link to buy more and distribute them on your own. The book will be available on Amazon and other online book stores and locally at Kona Stories in Keauhou.


8 Responses to Were you “Called” to the Big Island of Hawaii?

  1. Patrick Augie January 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

    I got called to Hawaii starting in 2003… I finally gave in and went in 2004… The pull on my heart center was extremely painful until I finally purchased my tickets. The visions were very vivid…even my friends could see them when they tapped into my energy. About 1/4 of the way from Oahu to Hilo I felt the amazing love coming from the island. I felt protected and watched over. I was called to Volcanoes National Park and felt/saw the fire beings in the crater. I felt one in my car when I first drove up to the look out area. I was powerfully drawn to go to the bottom of the crater. Being afraid of the heights it took me a long time to get the focus to walk down. During my 4 days of trying to get the focus to do the walk I notiiced something.. About 1/4 of the people felt the strong pull to get to the bottom of the crater while others felt nothing. I stayed at the buddhist temple at Pahala… Several people saw me glowing brightly…each wanted something different from me.. One wanted me to teach them how to connect with the spirits…We went to the fields outside of the temple…We felt a large group of menancing presences around us… I opened my heart center and radiated love…Everything became very peaceful and calm. I instructed the person with me how to connect with the spirits which she did successfully…She actually started to cry in joy because of the experience. As we were getting ready to leave I sensed/saw a presence standing in the tall weeds.. It “said” to me “please don’t leave me”… the person wiith me sensed it as well but not as clearly.. I said it could come wiith me if it wanted.. I did not feel it come though.. A few months before my trip to Hawaii I felt the strong presence of Pele’ increasing within and around me… It felt like a definite connection that carried with it a sense of protection… A day before it was time before me to leave the magical connection with Pele’ and the island stopped… Until then I could feel a presence just a few feet from me…keeping me company… It was such an amazing experience… I hope to return once again before I leave this world…

    • Julie Ziemelis January 15, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

      That is powerful! Thanks for sharing your story!

      • Patrick Augie January 17, 2018 at 2:13 am #

        There is one thing that always had me wondering about…. A week before I got to Hawaii the lava stopped flowing…two weeks after I left it started flowing again… I was so looking forwards to seeing the lava flow… I always wondered if it had something to do with my visit.. I remember picking up a pair of hitch hikers.. I told the woman my story about being called to Hawaii…She said that her grandmother, who was Hawaiian, said that Hawaii calls her children back home….Which is pretty much what you have written.

        • Julie Ziemelis January 17, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

          Where else on Earth do people “get called back home?” It is such a powerful place on this planet! The ONE time I had a chance to take a helicopter ride to see the lava..it was not flowing..just a little aa lava moving at two miles an hour. Then it rained and we had to go back, However, I got a chance to get right up into the lava as it was coming down the pali a few years ago and it was incredible. I hope you get to have your dream come true of coming face to face with the power of Pele and her lava!

  2. Megan December 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi my name is megan im from cleveland and i came across this article simply because i keep having these feelimgs that hawaii is calling for me…this is a short story but how about ive never even been to hawaii!!! So ehy do i also feel the energy youall are?at first i thought maybe i needed a vacation and hawaii is beautiful….but i have this feeling its much deeper than that im really getting the feeling hawaii wants me to reside on its land…im extremely flattered!!

    • Julie Ziemelis January 15, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      I hear that alot! I like to think that Pele is calling her children back to her. Not sure if you believe in past lives, but some people get on island after being called and they have an experience that shares with them that they have had a past life here. Thanks for sharing..and I am working on getting that book published!

  3. Cyndee Trusk January 13, 2016 at 3:23 am #

    Planning To Take The Big Move To Kona,

    Reading your book!!! We’ve been coming to Kona for 23 Year!!! Love the Aloha Spirit and Aloha Love!!! Your book has been a refresh of everything that is important!!! Thank you for helping make our transition easy and less stressful!!!

    Our Aloha Love,
    Roger & Cyndee

    • Julie Ziemelis January 22, 2016 at 3:38 am #

      Awesome to hear Cyndee! If you want to connect with other new residents, join the Kona Newbie group on Facebook and if you get this message before tomorrow night 1/22/16 we are meeting at 5 pm at the new Tropics Ale House to meet and say hi to new folks and try out the new restaurant!

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