Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono, Hawaii's state motto, translates to "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness." A reminder to do what is right for ourselves and the land. I spent 6 weeks working on a dragonfruit and honey bee farm above the southern tip of the Island. It was here that I was integrated into the culture of working farmer's markets and found myself experiencing the harmonious relationship between man and food.
Every day was different, but every day we awoke on the farm with the same intention; to tend to the land and the bees, to be good to ourselves and honor what the island provides. I've learned that island living means tending to the soul above everything else, that a healthy mind and body allows us to contribute our best selves to our community.
Aloha, Big Island. Until next time.