The Aloha Spirit

Reflections. The Infinity Pool at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Reflections. The Infinity Pool at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Although this is the season of traditions, I’m going to break with tradition by writing the closing post for this trip. (Bev deserves the day off. Maybe she’ll take the photographs for a future post.)

Reflections:

So how do you describe the ineffable? If you’ve been to the Hawaiian Islands you’re certain to grasp my dilemma, and my challenge in writing this post. This visit is my second trip, and Bev’s tenth. We’ve been to Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii—aka The Big Island. These islands possess the unique quality to touch all of the senses in a most sublime way. But there’s something more… it’s deeper… it exalts your heart, your soul. Perhaps Serge Kahili King helps to elucidate this “something more” in his booklet, “The Aloha Spirit.”

The Aloha Spirit is a well known reference to the attitude of friendly acceptance for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. However, it also refers to a powerful way to resolve any problem, accomplish any goal, and to achieve any state of mind or body that you desire.

In the Hawaiian language, aloha stands for much more than just “hello” or “goodbye” or “love.” Its deeper meaning is “the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo).”

As you share this energy you become attuned to the Universal Power that the Hawaiians call mana. And the loving use of this incredible Power is the secret for attaining true health, happiness, prosperity and success.

I believe the essence of Aloha can also be experienced through the music of the late/great Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. Here’s a sample of the man and his music on YouTube:

Bev & I experienced The Aloha Spirit throughout our visits to the islands. The Hawaiians we met exuded warmth and authenticity; they also shared a deep, intrinsic connection with nature, which really resonated with me. What follows are but a few of the many examples of the wonderful hospitably demonstrated to Bev & me during our visit.

Douglas, our Waipi’o Valley guide... and new friend.

Douglas, our Waipi’o Valley guide… and new friend.

Douglas, our Hawaiian guide to the Waipi’o Valley, invited us to share a picnic with his family on the beautiful black-sand beach of this sacred and protected valley on our next visit. He even gave us his personal phone number.

Our dear Hawaiian friends, Daerick and Neddra Lanakila, graciously invited us to stay at their home in the rainforest near Volcanoes National Park. We had such a wonderful time with them while visiting Hawaii.

I dropped by the Maui Oma Coffee Company to purchase some of the most incredible coffee I’ve ever tasted. Just as they were about to close, the roast master was kind enough to take time to share a wealth of interesting information about the roasting process and various methods of coffee preparation. Then his apprentice, Kahea (who referred to himself as Mark’s “grasshopper”) offered to show me their roasting room, which was very impressive. I asked Kahea what other popular coffees they sell, and he told me their Maui Peaberry is another sought-after coffee. He said he recently “f–ked” up a batch by over-roasting the beans into a dark—rather than a medium—roast. However the “f-up” was a surprise success. It turned out to be exceptionally palatable; his friends and family love it. So I bought a pound, and asked Kahea if he would label it for me. He did. Cool guys. Great visit. Aloha spirit? Clearly!

Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Company. Mark and Kahea.

Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Company. Mark and Kahea.

Attention Coffee Lovers! Maui Oma Mokka: the BEST coffee Bev and I have ever tasted! (And we've tasted a lot of fine coffees.) The complex, dark-chocolate flavor is truly amazing--and there are NO added flavor enhancers; the flavor comes totally from the coffee bean. First sampled at Longhi's Restaurant in Wailea, this unique, tiny-bean varietal is cultivated in rich volcanic soil on the slopes of west Maui mountains.

Attention Coffee Lovers! Maui Oma Mokka: the BEST coffee Bev and I have ever tasted! (And we’ve tasted a lot of fine coffees.) The complex, dark-chocolate flavor is truly amazing–and there are NO added flavor enhancers; the flavor comes to
tally from the coffee bean. First sampled at Longhi’s Restaurant in Wailea, this unique, tiny-bean varietal is cultivated in rich volcanic soil on the slopes of west Maui mountains.

The following photos show some of the ways we spent our last two days in Maui.

Enjoying the Maui sunset aboard the Alii Nui, a 65' sailing catamaran.

Enjoying the Maui sunset aboard the Alii Nui, a 65′ sailing catamaran.


The crew of the Alii Nui hoisting the mainsail. Bev &I enjoyed a fantastic food & wine sunset cruise aboard this wonderful 65' catamaran. BTW, Alii Nui is Hawaiian, and means "Of Highest Royalty"--perfect sailing vessel for "Princess Bev."

The crew of the Alii Nui hoisting the mainsail. Bev & I enjoyed a fantastic food & wine sunset cruise aboard this wonderful 65′ catamaran. BTW, Alii Nui is Hawaiian, and means “Of Highest Royalty”–perfect sailing vessel for “Princess Bev.”


Surfer near Ho'okipa Beach, North Shore, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Surfer near Ho’okipa Beach, North Shore, Maui. © Carl Amoth


Surfer near Ho'okipa Beach, North Shore, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Surfer near Ho’okipa Beach, North Shore, Maui. © Carl Amoth


Enjoying the appy prelude to an absolutely incredible meal at Momma's Fish House. This was our favorite restaurant in the Hawaiian Islands. It's right on the ocean, so you smell the salt air of the Pacific, feel the gentle breeze, and hear the pounding surf of the north shore. Multi-sensory Nirvana. Excellent service too. If you're ever in Maui, don't miss it!

Enjoying the appy prelude to an absolutely incredible meal at Momma’s Fish House. This was our favorite restaurant in the Hawaiian Islands. It’s right on the ocean, so you smell the salt air of the Pacific, feel the gentle breeze, and hear the pounding surf of the north shore. Multi-sensory Nirvana. Excellent service too. If you’re ever in Maui, don’t miss it!

Until next time…

Mahalo nui loa,
Carl

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