Archive for Journal of My Hawaiian Permaculture Experience

Journal 1/21/10



Lying in bed, I’m amused by and grateful for my current life. I basically got gifted an upgrade from my 3 person sharing hut to a hut all to myself. Emily offered the hut “Dolphin” to me yesterday during laundry since she’s staying in Nico’s bus now. I’m happy with my new sweet dwelling in the jungle. 

Heart Share tonight after dinner was facilitated by Judy. We did some pretty great improv sessions. We joined in groups of 3 creating the appearance of a syncopated machine with repetitious sounds and movement. A couple groups were pretty good. Fred sr., Nathan and I did a couple and Nathan, Rachel and I did one. We also did outer circle, inner circle rotation match up with spontaneous role playing and other games. 

Earlier we had a permaculture class with Tracy. We got soil samples, and talked about the water systems and soil and water in general in which we did a tour.

We had vegetarian sushi for lunch which was more like an overstuffed burrito that refused to stay together. Our work party was to take the remnants of the old roof on the barn off and put a new one on. Some of the crew machete’d and sickled the cane grass and weeds while Nico, myself, Fred sr. and Biko did the high ladder work. The members were ecstatic about us getting the job done in three hours. 

This morning I made the first 5 minutes of Joelle’s acro/partner yoga class, but unfortunately it was my morning to make breakfast for all. Hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, cashews, pumpkin seeds, raisins, almond butter, mameh zapote, papaya, oranges, bananas etc.

Sunset, went to Pole Star for Kirtan. Mediocre overall, but mellowed me out for sure. Beautiful grounds, lovely pot luck dinner and beautiful view.


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Journal 1/20/10



Yesterday, tuesday was the usual breakfast and check in. The work party consisted of pulling lava rocks out from in front of the rock wall at the “Ohi’a house”, which is where Tracy and Biko live. We then created a garden in this same area which involved lots of carrying buckets of soil and spreading it, laying down cardboard for any potential weed prevention, mulch and weeding. Using an o’o bar to poke through the cardboard and about 8 inches of soil below, we then planted the Yakon keiki’s  I harvested a few days ago. Good hard work in the hot hawaiian sun.

Following was a well deserved lunch of garden salad, ceviche, yam- sweet potato and squash stew and other tasty goods prepared by Pia, Fred’s norwegian land mate, and David.

After lunch we had an Non violent communication class with Dona and Judy facilitating. We re-enacted through two person skits, different aspects of poor communication. Ping pong and basketball followed in the meadow space structure.

Dinner was lush vegetarian again. A night cap of jamming with Nathan, Nico and others was fun.

Today is “domestic day”. We pick a cleaning job from a list of about 15 options like cleaning the compost toilets or cleaning and stocking the solar shower area.

Fred and I cleaned the upstairs of the main house and found a dead rat in a trap. I had to pull the rat up which was pretty decomposed and stuck to the floor. I almost threw up.  Later we’ll go to town and do laundry.

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Journal 1/19/10


6:00 pm

Killer breakfast of usual, digging Mameh Zapote. Check in is every morning which is starting to get easier and i’m actually beginning to appreciate it. Work party consisted of Macheteing Glerasidia and Caliendra along side the entrance path. Then feeding it to the plants we’re growing as a nitrogen fixer. Next we cleaned up papaya and banana trees and fed them the surrounding growth. After another beautiful lunch of hummus, tabouli and other fine food, we did a permaculture class consisting of a tour of the property and an explanation of what guilds are.

Dinner following, then Intro to Consensus decision making with Biko, this evening.

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Journal 1/17/10


10:30 pm

The morning began with a shower outdoors in the solar shower behind the main house. Sunday is a free day so we all decided to spend it together as a tribe. Lifetimes had widdled down to days. We all made our own breakfast of eggs, yakon, bread, coffee, fruits etc. Ningay was leaving to teach another symposium at another spot on the island. We had a heart felt talk.. she’s quite a visionary.. She offered to give me her book for free. I was very touched and knew I should give her a bracelet I made. I gave her the Owl Wisdom one. We were both close top tearing. She is living her Dharma and choosing to be carried by spirit. 

We gathered up and decided to hit the road for the day and through the night. The options that laid before us propelled us into our first consensus decision. We joyfully settled into the best choices for the group, as a whole. Kalani’s Ecstatic Dance was the first stop. I was driver again and was christened “Captain”, by Nathan. 

Kalani’s grounds are a little more well funded than La’akea, but they don’t offer the Permaculture classes I desire. Nevertheless, this class was the neo steam punk beach hippy’s version of the classic catholic church. I was exorcised of any remaining demons, if you will. Freeman, the elder of the of our tribe, his girlfriend Vicki, Camus, Rachel, Nathan, AJ, David, Nico, Emily and myself finally enjoyed our due connection amongst the larger circuit of human energy. We danced our godly asses off. The ritual of spirit movement held on this sunday was a successful attempt at bridging the gap between source and human. We started with a good 20 minute warm up which broke the sweat and lit ignited the fire. Then I saw my friend, Arcane from Boston via LA. Since their’s no talking I couldn’t say much. We sat in a circle said some prayers and they expressed certain guidelines. We then walked towards the center starting with an older man, apparently the owner of Kalani and a part Haitian woman. They layed their hands on each other, then each one of us came up one by one and put their right hand on the person’s shoulder in front of them, creatinga spider- like web of people with the intention and success of producing light. Ironically, the person that slipped in front of me was Arcane. The rest of the program was stellar. Our immediate tribe bonded even tighter within the extended Pahoan tribe around. Sweat was shed upon sweat as we moved in one serious Lahui. 

After the dance we decided to go to Kehena for the weekly drum circle ritual. We ate some food and got a beer at a restaurant in Kalapana at the end of Red Rd first. Then onto the infamous party on the black sand beach. Deeper and deeper we go. Sharing fruit, goji, coconuts, oranges, apples, cigarettes, beer, noni and love. Music, beach, spirit and Ohana. After acouple hours the rain lightly fell. Enough to prompt us to meander to the next spot. Downtown Pahoa, the Natch, Thai food, then played pool at local bar, Village Cafe where two Hawaiian guys played live covering familiar songs hawaiian style. Great voices. Ohana kapili. The tribe unites.

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Journal 1/16/10


9:57 pm

Remembering yesterday… seems like a lifetime ago. Started today with breakfast, eggs, oatmeal with tones of fixins, tons of fruit, coffee and various other things.. The work party.. We tore out old tarps and weeded then replanted colius and another plant, mulched then fenced a good size area along the side of the tool house. After that AJ and I harvested yakon and their keiki’s. Then lunch. After – peer counseling taught by Amara . Good info but pretty elementary. Great dinner after that. Fritatta’s and tons of other amazing vegetarian food. After that me, Nico, Fred, Fred, Rachel, Emily and Camus went to a party down along a long, bumpy volcanic rock road into a jungle community abode. Tons of locals.. Met some people.. Saw Gina from peer counseling group earlier. Checked out some killer bands including a badass portishead type band with a beat boxing chick singer, dulcimer and electronica. Checked out a fire spinning show and enjoyed the local culture. Reminds me of beach side jungle burning man vibe. 

Today, woke up this morning feeling a little funny, 5 hours sleep, not enough. Ate some oatmeal, then did ecstatic dance in the yoga room for an hour. Broke a sweat and burned of the shadow. Felt better. Then David, AJ, Emily Nathan, Camus and I rented Amara’s car and went to Kehena, clothing optional beach. Really great time. Met Fred  there and had a great conversation with him and Emily. Bumped into Ocean, whom I met at Burning Man 5 months ago. He’s a trip. Chatted with some people from the party last night. Jumped into the ocean for the first time since arriving. Cracked a bunch of coconuts and sugar cane and shared with some other folks and us. Total cool vibe. Cruised over to Natch after a few hours of beach. Talked to some dude in line Kolomana, about his fibonacci sequence broccoli and ayahuasca. Then drove back  to La’akea. Ate dinner including the yakon we harvested. Then went to Ningay’s symposium, Awakening the Drreamer.. Good night

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Journal 1/15/10


6:54 am

It’s jungle central here. I’m not sure of the origin of all the sounds serenading me. Coqui frogs and roosters are the main conducters, but many other critters are awakening too. Yesterday was FULL ON! Nathan and I did our skits. The first was called “Uncle Boris” and the second was, “The Tea”. Uncle Boris was a bitter old man who just found out his mentally challenged nephew was coming to live with him. Ultimately, through playing on the nephew’s seemingly “challenged” traits, he learned to find the value in everyone. “The Tea” was your regular old run of the mill, man finds salvation through unknowingly drinking a psychedelic substance. I thought ours was the best and most cleverly acted out, which in turn gave me confidence.

We did our tour of the grounds. What an amazing place. I fed the chickens, my job for the week, and gathered their eggs which by the way were nestled in random boxes in the tool shed and other places all around. Dona and Kaia’a came round with me to show me how to do it properly. Kaia’a is like barely 2 years old and knows his shit when it comes to community life. 

Last night we had Heart Share. WOW, nerve wracking. We each had to stand up and move in the middle of the circle of like 20 people and share our truths at that moment for four minutes. A very good test to face my biggest fears.. I’m feeling accomplished and well rested.. finally.. Let’s see what today brings..

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Journal 1/14/10


5:05 am

Looking down at the lights of Honolulu just before sunrise from the window of the big capsule in the sky, I’m feeling the excitement of an adventure ensuing. I’m a bit out of sorts considering I woke up 24 hrs ago and got about 1 1/2 hr sleep since on the hard unforgiving square wood benches at the airport, a few hrs. back. I’m confident the worst is behind and the best yet to come. I’m looking forward to community life and exploring the youngest and largest of all volcanic land masses in the South Pacific. This is uncertainty at it’s finest, and I’m ready. The younger the island the more diverse the landscape will be. The Big Island is still growing and has the most active volcano in the world. Kiluea has been flowing since 1983 with no signs of stopping. 

The question for this trip is, will this be the beginning of the manifestation of my dream?

7:10 am

I’m now in Hilo, waiting for my ride to La’akea. The air is quite humid, def feels like tropical weather. Their’s a very mellow vibe going on.

1:26 pm

WOAH! Total immersion into intentional community living. The second I arrived at La’akea after being picked up by Amara, one of the members, I met all the other interns whom have had almost a full day longer to get to know each other. It was interesting, we got right into introductions in the classroom/yoga room. Then a little orientation and talking with my hut mates a bit. Then a permaculture introduction class explaining the basic idea and what we’d learn. Then a beautiful organic, vegetarian meal consisting of food mostly grown on the land. Now i’m laying down for a brief minute before we do this skit thing sorta like the game, Taboo. Then a tour of the grounds. I’m sure I’ll get to meet my fellow interns a little more tonight and dinner. Then much needed SLEEP.

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