Most of you know that John and I are currently on Maui. Up until today every other blog I’ve posted has been about our 10 week cross-country road trip before we flew to this lovely Island, but I was so moved today by Mother Maui’s deliberate attempt at changing our destiny that I decided to make an exception.
You see, we made plans, then life happened.
Initially, John and I decided…well…we didn’t decide much. We did it Typical Rita Style. We bought one way tickets and thought we’d figure it out when we got here. Our first hurdle was job hunting. We thought maybe we’d try to pick up some jobs here to boost up the savings account so we can make the trip back to Alaska without any problems. The problem was, nobody hired us.
We thought we might seem too eager…We kept hearing from everyone how motivated we are. Rosa told me to stop trying to control things and allow Mother Maui to decide. As we began to learn the layout of the island, it seemed that everyone hiring was not close by. I thought I landed a job with the local gelateria, but they didn’t hire me when they realized I wouldn’t be here for over a year. They even told me to tell Rosa she could apply instead!
John tried to get a job at a shave ice spot, but they weren’t hiring.
He tried at a burger joint, but even they never called him back.
The studio Rosa recommended we contact was closed. Packed up and moved, not just closed for the evening.
I booked 4 clients for a body movements on the beach class while out dancing one night in Kihei, but they stood me up. I sat, patiently, for 45 minutes past our appointed time…Bottom line…jobs weren’t happening.
We were able to score a gig for FIVE WHOLE DAYS of selling a friend’s art for him while he’s away in San Diego promoting his stuff. (Check out his work at Gallery Rafael Here), but it’s only for those five days, and the last day is tomorrow.
We also thought we had housing lined up for the month, but that, too, fell through. We were good to go for a week and a half strong, then complications arose, and our leaving date went from the first of February…to this coming Friday…to yesterday. We searched Http://www.couchsurfing.org, a wrote a few requests, but nobody responded. We decided it was time to move to the beach with a wool blanket and a hammock.
Lastly but most importantly, the energy was all wrong in Lahaina.
John and I began to feel like we were in the Skagway of the tropical Island world. It’s a tourist’s Disneyland. A land of cookie cutter, cardboard cutouts of people and personalities. There is a thriving Starbucks, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, and Hardrock Cafe. All of this means, although the beach was incredible, and we found a perfect slackline/hammock combo tree set, our feet were itching for fresher, less tourist trampled earth, and our minds were itching for more than the company of weekend warrior travelers (Don’t mistake that as a slam on the “locals” in Lahaina…although…they were a little more… Mainland-y than say, everyone else I met the last time I was here 😀 ).
We brainstormed. We played with the idea of moving to Paia or Haiku. We have a list of skills we want to either learn or to improve while here, and the thought of free days that can be dedicated to self-improvement in the soul healing sun. We almost bought a surfboard.
Finally, I brought up Wwoof Hawaii and registered us as a couple ready to learn a little more about self sustainable living since eventually we plan to be completely off grid.
This is where it gets even more awesome than selling art for a friend and falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves under a starlit Hawaiian sky. We discovered Hana Herbs and Flowers LLC. (Check them out Here) As soon as I read their profile, I knew I wanted to exist there. They were asking for 14 hours of work a week in trade for access to all fruits and vegetables from the property and a place to stay. I called them today and spoke to Eileen, who told me that they could pick us up from Lahaina on Friday and take us to Hana.
When I think back on the last few days we’ve spent trying to figure out the next step, I have to laugh. We tried plenty of avenues that didn’t feel quite right. We even sent messages to people we didn’t feel 100% about. However, when we saw this opportunity, the difference was almost palpable. It felt right and good. Mother Maui decided for us after all. So, it’s settled (unless the Universe decides otherwise), after snorkeling with dolphins and sea turtles all Friday morning, we’ll be riding to Hana to begin our next adventure with little more than a wool blanket, hammock, swimsuits, flip-flops, giant smiles, and enough love to power the world.