Dearest Jackie,

I want to say Hawaii changed me, but that wouldn’t be accurate. When you brought me to the island you gave me one of the greatest gifts a human being can ever receive, which is to know thyself. I revisited my roots when I stepped foot on that Tarmac. The smell of the salt water and the weight of humidity in the air blanketed my body in a nostalgic familiarity of home that my mind had nearly forgotten. It forced me to face a part of myself I had buried a long time ago and feelings I had never allowed myself to process came crashing in. I finally grieved the loss of leaving Okinawa so unexpectedly as a young girl, a loss that had left me fragile and fragmented well into adulthood. The part of me that I had tried to bury, the tropical, sun loving, ocean craving, care free, little girl came back to me. She welcomed me with open arms, and together we wept at the seashore. So you see, Hawaii didn’t change me, Hawaii returned me.

 

Dearest Sara, 

No place has ever moved me the way Hawaii has.

For years, I have tried to capture my experience of her magic. Writing for our blog has been a start, but what I have always wanted most is for people to find their own connection to the Island’s power, rather than my interpretation. How does one explain such profound beauty? How do I share our soul journey with another?  Thanks to your film, my struggle is over. If you want to know my heart, watch the next eight minutes. 

Watching you fall in love with my favourite place has been the greatest gift. For this most beautiful Mohai (offering), I will always be indebted. Mahalo nui loa.

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