The Hawaiian Landline
to a Soul Connection
Story by Tamara Lelie
Photos courtesy of Kona Village Resort
t was sometime around late afternoon when I arrived at Kona Village
Resort and was greeted by a warm Hawaiian woman gently placing a lei
around my neck and handing me a Mai Tai. Sweet respite for the soul!
I had never been to Hawai'i before and my only images I had were of
the few episodes I had seen on "Hawaii 5-O" as a kid; so I
had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I needed nurturing and
I needed it now.
When I think of Kona Village Resort on the Big Island
of Hawai'i, I think of peace, quiet and a rest and rejuvenation for
the mind, body and soul. Out of any travel experience Ive ever
had, none have matched the beauty of my trip to Kona and specifically
Kona Village Resort, a resort built on the land that used to be an old
fishing village. There is something about the Big Island in general
which makes you feel so alive. I found that the answer to all of lifes
questions can be discovered by sitting and listening to the sounds that
emanate from nature which is in perfect balance.
Sitting outside by the ocean of my ocean view hale
(hut) watching the strength of the ocean waters hitting the steadfast
rocks, my internal energy became balanced as well. I had come to Kona
with a bit of restlessness in my heart and a subconscious question which
I didnt know was pervading my being. I wanted to know if my health/wellness
writing career was indeed the direction I was supposed to be on. With
my eyes closed and breathing in the luxurious Hawaiian air, I heard
a message from the ocean. It said, Your spirit is soothing to
others much like the ocean waters on a hot day. Have faith and believe
that you will be able to survive and make a living from that knowledge.
Im not the only one who senses the magical allure
of Kona Village Resort. Ulrich Krauer, the General Manager, said, I
have learned that what makes a place stand out among others is the ability
to provide and if you follow this motto, guests gain respect.
He has learned this from the Hawaiians themselves who as a culture are
very giving. In fact, in the Hawaiian language, there is no word for
I. Instead there is only, we. Krauer states
that his responsibility as the General Manager is to keep the incredible
Hawaiian culture alive. And that that is why everybody at the resort
is treated like family. An intrinsic part of Hawaiian culture, the word
Ohana means family in an extended sense of the term including
blood-related, adoptive or intentional. It emphasizes that family are
bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another.
This warm and inviting atmosphere can be found throughout
the Kona Village resort property and there is a reason why it is such
a destination spot for weddings, honeymoons and couples. There are no
TVs or Internet access in the 125 units set on 82 acres of land surrounded
by hardened black lava rock, expelled from the nearby Hualalai Volcano.
This lava rock reminds guests that nature is more powerful than anything
humankind could ever conceive of building. In my opinion, this reality
creates the magic of Kona and why I met so many people from the mainland
who have a second home in Kona.
On the Big Island, we are reminded of how insignificant
we really are and that anything we do build in our lives ultimately
is washed by the sea tide of our mortality, just like a sandcastle gets
swallowed by the tide. Although this may sound like a frightening thought,
it is actually pretty liberating to me because it allows us the opportunity
to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to get so much done, and
instead affords us the luxury of simply being.
No spa trip is complete without body work and I was
not disappointed. In fact, I ended up having the massage of my life.
When looking at the spa menu at the resort, I decided to go with an
authentic Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, which is a sacred Hawaiian massage
where the energy of the heart chakra of the practitioner is sent
through the hands to the body and activates the mana or chi
of the guest. Trained by the Kahunas, my masseuse, Cynthia, had a gentle
spirit and almost seemed like an angel to me.
Besides the massage, I relaxed on the beach by snorkeling,
kayaking and joining the islands historian, Auntie Lani (as she
is affectionately known) at the bar for Talk Story Hour. What I find
fascinating about the Hawaiian culture is not only their generous and
nurturing spirit but the importance they place on connection and intimacy.
Talk Story ('Olelo Kama'ilio) is known as sharing ideas, stories,
history and opinions. It is two or more people taking the time out of
the day to slow down and talk. In Hawai'i it is just the normal way
or interacting with their neighbors. Through our talking, I learned
of an ancient and secret Hawaiian spiritual healing technique called
Hooponopono, which helps you to release resistance, remove
blocks and improve energy flow. This information alone was worth the
Auntie Lani and others are just some of the resort staff
who lead daily activities offered to resort guests. These range from
lei making classes, stargazing walks, ukulele playing, dancing classes,
basket weaving, petroglyph tours, jewelry making and more. The theme
woven throughout always seems to be that connection with nature is the
source of strength, creativity and inspiration. My favorite event at
Kona Village Resort was the authentic luau where the pig was
cooked in the ground and was followed by a live show which began 42
years ago and is now known as the biggest luau show on the island.
The fire dancer is a gardener on the property and the chief musician
is the bellman.
There is one word that sums up my time in Kona and that
is the Hawaiian word "Malama" which means: To take care of,
care for, to serve, honor, as God; care, preservation, support; fidelity,
loyalty; custodian, caretaker. Why is this so fitting? Because, this
is what Kona Village Resort does for all its guests. The resort is not
only a spiritual travel destination but also a portal to another world
where the land and its people embrace you with an open heart and welcome
you to their breast with only one goal, to nurture and revive you back
For more info on Kona Village Resort, log
on to www.konavillageresort.com
The Process of Ho'oponopono (as excerpted
- Bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total
alignment or support, etc.
- In your mind's eye, construct a small stage below
- Imagine an infinite source of love and healing flowing
from a source above the top of your head (from your Higher Self),
and open up the top of your head, and let the source of love and healing
flow down inside your body, fill up the body, and overflow out your
heart to heal up the person on the stage. Be sure it is all right
for you to heal the person and that they accept the healing.
- When the healing is complete, have a discussion with
the person and forgive them, and have them forgive you.
- Next, let go of the person, and see them floating
away. As they do, cut the aka cord that connects the two of you (if
appropriate). If you are healing in a current primary relationship,
then assimilate the person inside you.
- Do this with every person in your life with whom
you are incomplete, or not aligned.
- The final test is, can you see the person or
think of them without feeling any negative emotions. If you do feel
negative emotions when you do, then do the process again.
NOTE: Due to the earthquake in Japan last March,
the resort has been temporarily closed on account of damage sustained
from the tsunami. Our hearts go out to the families of the tsunami victims
in Japan and to the staff of Kona Village Resort who have been loyal
employees for decades. Please check their website regularly for an update
on when the resort will open its doors again.
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