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.