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Waihe'e in Moonlight

Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge by Moonlight

Waihe'e in Moonlight
Waihe’e in Moonlight

A full moon at Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge is magical. Maybe it’s because the spirit world becomes seamless with the temporal world. Maybe it is always special because of everything that has happened there. Or maybe it’s just me and the times I’ve been there. The moonlight is bright, so everything seems more alive, more real.  Scott Fisher of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is an extraordinary storyteller. On a recent visit there with my family he told “chicken skin” stories about the spirits that are attached to this place. My nephew really felt the stories.

I’ve been to this place a few times, once as a volunteer with Scott when he was doing a walk with ecology students from the University of Hawaii, once for a Kupu dinner and again for this Full Moon Hike.

The early Hawaiians believed that during a full moon the membrane between the spirit world and ours was thinned or more permeable. Movement from world to world was easier, so spirits could pass into our world.  Night marchers with lights in the distance were seen more frequently on nights with a full moon.  This site has many Heiau,  sacred sites or places for worship. The Ali’i or royalty lived here and the people produced food in managed fish ponds and kalo or taro fields.  This place was full of life and apparently is still full of spirits.

I have spent a lot of my life protecting places like this on the mainland with nonprofits and local governments. Our hike in Waihe’e refuge reminds me why.

I am grateful for organizations like the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust for protecting lands like this so that we can get out in nature, get close to historic and sacred sites to feel that connection that sustains us. The connections that fill our hearts.

Home is…


Home is where the water is.  This week’s photo challenge from Maui Shop Girl is “Home is where the ____ is.”  It was more thought provoking than I expected.  My cat, my husband and the other obvious stuff came to mind.  But it seemed like home was something else.

I have always lived near the water, salty or brackish.  For a while I lived in the water on a boat.  Mucking in the sand at the waters edge, body surfing, canoeing or sailing have always been what I would rather be doing.  Living a block from the ocean now affords me daily contact with the ocean.  I love it! It’s home.

It’s a Matter of Perspective

Ant’s View

I’m really enjoying the creativity this photo challenge that Maui Shop Girl started has done for me and this blog.  The blog idea is Maui, qigong and practical spirituality.  Creativity is a mindfulness practice, but I didn’t want to post random pictures with no relation to the theme of this blog.  More creativity is required.  The challenge this week was a ant’s view. The picture at the top is an ant’s view.

My View

My view is  a little different.  Sometimes we all need a little incentive to look at things from a different point of view to put things in perspective.  What is important to me may not be what is important to another.