Green Divas in Hawai’i
Like many folks in the mainland who had never been to any of the Hawaiian islands, I maintained a somewhat skewed vision of what this tropical paradise would be like. I wasn’t disappointed, but on our recent Green Diva adventure to the Hawai’i Island (which many refer to as the Big Island of Hawai’i), would say I encountered less tropical flowers and more geckos than I imagined I would.
Not that there weren’t exotic flowers and plants. OMG—if I could somehow replicate the intoxicating smell of the ylang ylang tree outside our room at the Hawaii Island Retreat or the HEDGE (not just a mere bush, but an entire hedge) of gardenia at the gorgeous infinity pool at the same facility, I would be in a consistent state of near bliss. Just conscious enough to barely function, but peaced out enough not to care. Yea, probably not the best way to be productive as a Green Diva, but not an entirely bad way to live.
Unfortunately, we had to remove ourselves from the ylang ylang bliss tree and focus a bit on some fun work we were going to be doing at Kalani as participants in the Puna Culinary Festival, which culminated in the Pupupalooza. Hard to call it work, but being conscientious Green Divas, we felt obligated to do some preparation for our “talk story” and the fun smoothie workshop we agreed to conduct. (look for GD Lynn’s smoothie post that will have pics and recipes from that fun event).
Early in our Hawaiian adventure, GD Lynn Hasselberger, my GD traveling companion, stumbled upon the #MyHaiku trend on twitter, and we became haiku obsessed for the remainder of our journey. Here are a few of our favorites along with some of the images we captured along the way.
Green Divas Hawaiian Haiku Adventure
(Enjoy this lil Green Diva slide show of some of our favorite images and haikus from Hawai’i Island—just hover over the bottom of each image to read the corresponding haiku. Put your cursor right over the copy to get a better image of the text.)
Foodies paradise. Have a party in your mouth. PuPu Palooza.
Going with the Hawaiian Flow
Going with the flow. The Hawaiian lava flow. Time on a slow burn.
Intoxication. No alcohol required. Hawaii island.
Zipping in Hawaii
Hanging by a thread. Zipping and screaming through trees. Tarzan would be proud.
Geckos of Hawaii
The Big Island rocks. Hawaii's best kept secret. Geckos think so too.
Being here is zen. Pissed away another day. The sun sets too soon.
For more of our GD photos, search #GDHawaii on instagram.
While you’re here, please check out the Green Divas Podcast featuring Drew Delaware of Kalani who talked about the Puna Culinary Festival . . .