Our Upcoming Travels, now till April 2020
In NZ from October.
Somewhere late 2019 in Thailand, and back to NZ till April 2020.
Then onto Florida and California… And spending more time in Florida next year.
June 10-27, 2020
The Sacred Journey of Sovereignty
O’ahu * Kaua’i * Maui * Big Island Hawai’i
Coinciding with the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts
Since 1976, 27 Pacific Island nations (of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia) have taken turns hosting – every four years in a different member nation – a 10-day festival, celebrating each nation’s finest dancers, musicians, craftspeople, foods, arts and culture. 2020 is Hawaii’s turn to host.
Oahu Festival of Pacific Arts, Honolulu; Bishop Museum; Hanaumu Bay Marine Reserve; Sound Healing Journey; Diamond Head Market.
Kaua’i Sacred Chant and Dance; Ke’e ancient Hula platform; Hindu temple crystal; Garden Ponds sanctuary; Waimea Canyon.
Maui 21st Maui Film Festival; Waihe’e ancient navigators’ site; Kahakaloa sculpture sanctuary; Iao Valley; Haleakala crater * Hana rainforest * Kipahulu pools; Talking Hearts circle.
Hawai’i (Big Island) Solstice Meditation/Dolphin Connection with Joan Ocean; KipukaMaluhia Sanctuary; Paleaku Gardens; Place of Refuge ancient temple; Wood Valley Temple/Retreat; Kilauea Volcano & Garden Arts; Kalapana lava coast; ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center; Solidarity with Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement; Akaka Falls; Waipio Valley (womb of Polynesia); Pu’ukohola sacred pyramid.
The spirit of our journey aligns with the theme of the Festival:
“E Kū i Ka Hoe Uli; a e Kohi i Ka Pale Kai”
“Take Hold of the Steering Paddle and Press it Against the Boat’s Side” (Steer free; steer your own course)
Together with residents and natives of Hawai’i, we will explore:
* Sovereignty — Personal and Indigenous
* Ancient Navigation — Solar, Stellar and Inner GPS
* “Earth Island” Eco-Awareness
* Cultures of Oceania
This is not a commercial tour package with in-built profits.
We gather and journey as a family of friends (ohana, whanau). We share costs of accommodation and ground transport. Whenever possible, we share food together, from available markets and healthy shops or restaurants.
You may join our group at any time between June 9 and 27, and depart sooner or later.
Purchase as soon as possible for lower fares. Air New Zealand sometimes offers return flights — Auckland to Honolulu — for less than NZ$600. Check daily at: Cheap Flights with Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat – home of cheap airfares and travel packages
Low fares are frequent from the West Coast of the USA to Honolulu. All costs below are in US dollars.
Arrive in Honolulu on June 9 or 10.
The Festival opens on June 10.
You will be warmly greeted, and guided to your accommodation.
Inter-island flights are best purchased early for lower fares, and would then be less than US$100 per flight. Hawaiian Airlines is the main carrier between Honolulu and Kaua’i, and between Kaua’i and Maui.
We depart Honolulu for Kaua’i on the afternoon of June 13. (You may of course remain in Honolulu to enjoy more days at the Festival.)
We depart Kaua’i for Maui on the afternoon of June 16.
We will aim to travel together on Mokulele Air (small 10-seat planes) from Maui to Kona on the Big Island (Hawai’i) on June 20, for approximately $70 each. (You may of course choose Hawaiian Air for this flight if you prefer.) You may choose to return from the Big Island to Honolulu from either Kona or Hilo on the Big Island on
Island ground travel via Mini-Van — Approx. US$110 per person on O’ahu, Kaua’i and Maui; on the Big Island: approx. $220 per person.
In Honolulu, you may choose to arrange an Air B&B for yourself and partner or friends, or ask me to book you into either the Central YMCA ($60/night) on a twin-share basis, or the Seaview Road Hostel in Manoa Valley ($30/night, twin share or dorm).
On Kaua’i, we are at the Coral Reef Hotel ($75-100/night depending on room choice)
On Maui, we are at Hale Akua Gardens & Eco-Retreat in a coastal rainforest ($110-150/night depending on room choice)
On the Big Island, we are at several different lodgings as we move around the island:
Manago Hotel, South Kona $40/night
Wood Valley Tibetan Retreat $58-85/night
Kalani Eco-Retreat OR Hilo Bay Hostel $40-90/night
Kamuela Inn, Waimea $70-100/night
Allow $30 to $50 per day for meals either purchased collectively (for a shared meal) or individually.
KOHA AND FEES
I will update you on fees for Festival events and admissions to places like the Bishop Museum, Kilauea Crater and the Place of Refuge. This will all be included in the detailed itinerary you will receive upon registration.
Koha — a gift from the heart — is offered to guest presenters, elders, artists and healers who share time with us. Sliding scale: $25-50 per person.
Please send me your questions, and expression of interest, as soon as possible, including the type of accommodation you prefer (double, twin, single, hostel dorm) and any food allergies or special requirements.
For your hotel bookings I will need a deposit of US$600 by January 15, 2020. (50% refundable)
I will send you bank transfer details when I receive your confirmation of participation”.
Mahalo nui loa! (Huge thanks!)
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Ph. +64 9 372 3522
Michael Fleck, your co-navigator, is a NZ resident since 1983. Was a Hawai’i resident for 15 years.
He has led three previous sacred journeys to these islands, and to Rarotonga (1992) as well as many journeys throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dear Aloha Friends
We, Antion and I, are on Kauai, in a beautiful place in the little town of Kilauea on the North Shore. It’s the furthest island from the Kilauea volcano, but not far from our minds’ meditating and monitoring the on-going eruption of Kilauea volcano on Moku o Keawe, Hawai’i’s Big Island.
The world watches in awe and unease as it continues unabated, in this isolated volcanic archipelago of Hawai’i which is the geographical center of the entire ‘ring of fire.’ The quantity of magma being conveyed onto the surface is a mindboggling estimated 3 to 6 million cubic meters per day, with a lava fountain maintaining heights of 50 to 100 meters.
The eruption and lava flow has destroyed houses plus many beautiful treasured public areas with hot pools and lake.
What will happen next? What do we make of it and how to make the best of it? I am in wonder remembering how we were initially called to Hawai’i by the magical sights and sounds, the music, the hula, the chant… and how my longtime dream began.
We, Antion and I, moved to Kauai at the beginning of 1993 and right away I had this riveting experience in the library. A book leapt off the shelf at me, opening to these words: “The world will turn to Hawaii as they search for world peace, because Hawaii has the key, and that key is Aloha.”
I read the chant about “living As One, at Home inside, in peace, humility, unity, kindness, acceptance and oneness,” by Pilahi Paki, Kahuna and Wisdom Keeper. I took it as a message, promptly started teaching myself this chant, and within a few years some extraordinary things happened.
One day we, Antion and I (my husband, one time British rock ‘n roll star turned Hawaiian musician/chanter) received a phone call from a Hawaiian woman who was Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Hawaii.
Oh my! We knew enough to know that the idea was outrageous, unheard of, and utterly impossible. We were ‘haoles’ (foreigners, literally ‘without breath’). How could we be invited to chant when we had “no breath”? We were in shock at the very idea. After all, who were we, blonde, blue-eyed Englishman and a Danish-born New Zealander to do such a thing?
Yet it transpired as in her dream. We walked in chanting, through the aisles, to the podium, where Antion led the ‘pule’, prayer, while the Governor of Hawaii and the roomful of some four hundred Kauai leaders leapt to their feet and stood, as if paralyzed, in a long stunned silence…
Afterwards I wondered, how did this Hawaiian woman have the enormous courage to break tradition and protocol? Yet I knew it was destined.
There was a prophecy that the ancient secrets would be so needed for the world’s survival and evolution that traditional hierarchy, color of skin, blood of birth and ancestry of this lifetime were not prerequisites for manifesting an inner and outer world of Aloha consciousness, supported by the sacred chants and learning to live and share … “as One, at Home inside, in peace, humility, unity, kindness, acceptance and oneness.”
Later when I was being interviewed on the radio live, I noticed something new. I was no longer afraid of what might come out of my mouth; I didn’t care what anybody might say or do in reaction.
I found myself teaching Hawaiian chanting, a no-no for almost everybody, but especially me, of non-Hawaiian blood, who therefore fears – who am I – a foreigner ‘haole’, white-skinned blonde, blue-eyed Scandinavian, outsider – to even be chanting sacred ‘oli’, and OMG publically on the radio?
So I chanted –
Akhahai e na Hawaii
Lokahi a ku like
Olu’olu ka mana’o
Ha’aha’a a o kou kulana
Ahonui a lanakila, Aloha e
This oli is about the divine nurturing qualities of Mother Earth the Goddess, the peace that all humanity may and can embody.
The first letter of each line spells as an acronym, A-l-o-h-a, and overall means, “living as one, in peace, humility, and oneness”.
I believe that it was given and is meant for EVERYBODY. The sounds are profoundly sacred, universal; this is international, universal, interplanetary, intergalactic, interstellar cosmic star knowledge and ‘Kaona’ that is needed for our times!
I believe the ancients left within the oral traditions encoded messages with specific application for our present times. I believe that meant to live from the heart, to become ‘one with’ and ‘one with all’, in every cell, with every breath, to live in holographic Knowing.
And to live in acknowledgment and gratitude of those who have gone before, our teachers and ‘kupuna’, ancestors. The doorway opens and closes by this power.
We, Antion and I – 46 years married and teaching together – are all about gathering us to share transformational Yoga, Sacred Music, Mantra, Meditation, Sacred Voice, Sacred Sites, Sacred Relationship, Goddess Healing, Nature, Community, Love, Joy, and yay, Hugging!
Stay in touch, I love to hear from you, but please know that I may not respond for a while (until I get my assistant!)
Waves of Aloha Love and Blessings,
PS. More on Goddess, Sound Healing, Hawaiki and the role of women in the next newsletter and in my new blog coming.
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