Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Art of Hedonism

To all of my friends out there finishing their Ph.D. degrees:

From: "
The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering the Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure," by Michael Flocker

At some point, "the good life" became some distantly imagined finish line that could only be reached through psychotic effort and willful determination. Like over-caffeinated hamsters on a wheel, we began running, sweating, sacrificing and panicking. Could there possibly be something wrong with this master plan? Is there something out there, some lost key to the kingdom of happiness that is being overlooked? You bet your ass there is.

Eat the cake, drink the wine, lie in a hammock and stare at the stars with the hottie you picked up on the beach, but don't try to jam it all into a tightly-scheduled, six-day "vacation."

If you give in to beauty, pleasure and self-indulgence on a daily basis, not only will you be happier day-to-day, you will be less likely to go off the deep end when it all gets too much and you finally cave in. One must practice the art of hedonism regularly to get really good at it.

Balance and Grace and Coconuts

Go Roy!

It was exciting shooting as coconuts were falling all around me. Heads!

Coconut Delight

The Juice of Life

Work is never the same in the landscaping department at Kalani.

Today, for example, we transplanted three large banana trees to a new location so that their leaves would provide privacy for the general manager's outdoor shower.

In this photo, and the photo above, I at last had the opportunity to grab my Nikon when Roy was taking down coconuts from one of the trees near my worksite at the new campgrounds.

If a coconut were to fall on a human's head, this would be an unfortunate experience for that particular human.

Thanks Roy, we love you!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Shakti At The Nut Factory

Nutty Trivia

I bet that you did not know that macadamia nuts have legs just like you and me. We see packs of wild nuts running around in the jungle frequently, but I have never been able to catch one of them myself.

In the photo above, Shakti has managed to tame a rather large fellow. More power to her!

Feral nuts are a part of life on the big island that I enjoy.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Lava Lamp in the Land of Lava

Plug the lamp into the outlet and let it flow...

One of the treasures from the farmer's market in Pahoa that didn't work when tried in an outlet.

Juices Away...

Breakfast of Champions

Fresh carrot and pineapple juice from the farmer's market in Pahoa was part of my Sunday breakfast on March 18.

Come and join me for a glass.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Van

The Kalani Landscaping Van: Hold on for the ride.

Oh lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Arcus Barcus

Propagation Station News

Nathan found Arcus Barcus on a ultra sunny day when Brent was cutting down a tree and Nathan and I were assigned the task of hauling it off to rot in the jungle. Arcus is now the mascot of the Propagation Station here at Kalani.

Our wooden mascot stands proudly and does the boogie woogie when nobody is around.

Go Arcus Barcus. We love you!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Joy with Fruit: Oh the Papaya

Papayas resemble sexual bits of human beings when they dangle off the tree if you ask me, and they taste delicious.

Yoshiko and I were walking back to our room from yoga practice last week when two papayas called to us to pluck them tenderly from the tree, split them open with our hands, scoop out the seeds, and suck and chew the tender fruit merrily and with gusto. The juice ran down our faces and our hands were sticky in the afterglow.

Pure joy with fruit!

Lava, Lava: Sweet and Hot

Lava, Lava: Sparks Flying

Last night's three hour trek across the lava field into the direct path of the oozing orange flow was exhausting, exhilarating and dangerous. Yoshiko; Jonathon; Jim and I went on the trek, and today Yoshiko and I were overwhelmed by the memory of the lava's progress down the sharp and black glassy slope into the ocean.

I am still somewhat stunned that I could look down through several cracks in the rock and see hot lava glowing below me. Unrest was emerging from the core of the earth. The heat coming through the rock above was extreme, and I saw sparks flying from the back of Yoshiko's old sneakers.

We heard the crackling of the lava slowly making its journey across the old flow and saw clouds of steam sizzle and rise when Pele the Goddess made contact with her sister the ocean.

The sound and feel of the wind changed dramatically from a hot slap in the face to a cool breeze as we closed the distance, moving toward the hungry waves.

Earth and water united…


Friday, March 09, 2007

Roaring Fire, Wine, and the Moonlit Ocean

Living the Life Fantastic

There is nothing better on a Thursday night than decompressing after work with friends around a fire started by the adorable Maxwell, watching the moon rise over the waves, drinking directly from a bottle of red wine passed from hand to hand, and listening to the laughter of people I love.

Such is my life at Kalani. Such is the reason I want to extend eternally, although I know this is an unreasonable thought. Life should always be this sweet. When I leave Kalani, I will make it so.

This photo is a self-portrait taken while I was walking the property and photographing our landscaping projects- before and after shots of the work here at Kalani. The grounds are beautiful. If anyone is interested, I have talked to my supervisor about starting an internship program for ISU students to get their hands dirty in the jungle.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Reach for the Sky


This photo of Darren reaching for the sky represents the freedom and the room to grow that we as a human community give to each member: brother, sister and friend.

Darren's strength as a yoga instructor, and his warm and caring heart, beat at the center of our interactions with one another.

I enjoy the days when Darren wears his shirt with the message "FREE HUGS" splashed across his chest.

From me to you, a free hug and respect to all your potential as a living being on the planet. Let compassion reign.

About Me

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What do I do? That’s a question with more depth than the deceiving three-word construction would lead us to believe.

I live on planet earth with other folks, and I’m involved in the field of education and learning. I’m a life-long learner with a passion for knowledge and the process of bending bits of ideas into new constructions of beauty.