Over two years ago I was blessed enough to visit the beautiful Island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Something that forever seemed like an impossible dream. It’s too expensive, it’s so far away. Blah, blah, blah. There’s a million reasons why Hawaii is an unattainable destination. I wanted the few reasons that I could make it happen, and I did. I put it out into the universe and was able to find a ticket at a more than reasonable price.
While I was over the moon to be there, I kept feeling like something was missing.
I kept thinking how much my Mother would fall in love with Hawaii’s sacred culture. The Island’s traditions, how the wind calmed the soul and the water rejuvenated the spirit.
One night when I was staring out at the star covered sky, I made a wish, I wished that one day the universe would bring my Mother to this beloved place. There was something so strong in me that believed she needed to see Hawaii’s magic for herself. That something was here for her, it’s as if the Island itself was speaking to me, telling me to bring her on an adventure.
I fell in love with Hawaii. I was heartbroken when I left the Island and I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the opportunity to go back.
Fast forward to a few years later (This past May, 2019) when I was sitting on a white sand beach in Kihei Hawaii, with my Mom and the love of my life.
Life is so generous. My wish had come true.
My Mother is 52 years old and she has never been on a vacation. Getting her to fly was a real treat!
Seeing her inner-child come out and play in the waves for hours at a time was a real highlight. Each night she fell asleep with a huge smile on her face, while hugging her pillow. I’ll hold onto that image forever.
We spent an entire week exploring Maui.
Now, I’m not one for “Vacations”, rather I like to think of my travel experiences as an adventure. As I’m usually putting myself in unlikely circumstances (backpacking an entire country, hiking dangerous trails and sleeping in the woods, or living out of a van, or even living on a beach).
But since Mom has never traveled on a plane to a tropical destination and has never had a traditional vacation, I had to make an exception…. Naturally, I went a little overboard. 😉
We did every little silly tourist thing possible, from a Luau to snorkeling and even driving the dangerous Road to Hana!!
A few times I caught myself rolling my eyes at the “Tourist Traps” and had to gently remind myself that this entire experience was new for Mom, and wouldn’t you know – we had an absolute blast!
Seeing her light up with excitement over every small thing. Experiencing the world through her eyes. The things that people get used to and eventually take for granted, she happily soaked up every last bit of it.
During the day we spent hours playing in the waves, laying under the hot sun on the beach and laughing at the sand that was getting everywhere, and I mean -everywhere!!
On day two, we were splashing in the water when my foot rubbed against something rock hard and slimy. I jumped out of the water with fear as I realized I just stepped on a giant Sea turtle! Once I had calmed down, I quickly grabbed mom’s hand and lead her to the Sea Turtle. We spent the rest of that afternoon swimming with Sea Turtles at Turtle Cove – what a magical experience!
At night we would explore the town!
The first place we went to was the Tropical Coffee Plantation. This quickly became our favorite spot as Mom is an avid coffee drinker!
Mom smiling with my partner Jerry at the coffee plantation. Two kindred souls.
My Mother’s favorite flower has always been lavender flowers – what better thing to do than to surprise her with an entire farm of them!
Mom and I at the Lavender Farm in Maui, meditating with Buddha
What a beautiful gift our Maui Vacation turned out to be!