After leaving the farm Lexie told Paul a list of the things that are different in her life since leaving the farm....here are a few of them...
I WEAR SHOES EVERY DAY
I WEAR A SHIRT EVERY DAY
I NEVER GO TO SLEEP SALTY, SANDY, OR IN A JUNGLE
i AM COLD OFTEN
I RUN OUT OF BASIL AND LEMONS AND KALE
...I SWIM NEVER
I OPEN COCONUTS WITH DULL KITCHEN KNIVES INSTEAD OF MACHETES
I MAKE PIZZA AND EAT THE WHOLE THING MYSELF
I HEAR SLIDE GUITAR NEVER
I HANG OUT WITH CATS OR MONGOOSE NEVER
I GET JUDGED WHEN USING THE WORD "ENERGY" AND "VIBE" AND "SPIRIT" OFTEN
I USE NEITHER A CITRUS COMPOST NOR REGULAR COMPOST (SORRY)
WINDOWS ARE OFTEN CLOSED AND WALLS ARE NOT MADE OF SCREEN
I SHOWER INDOORS (NOT TOO OFTEN)
I WEAR NO SEASHELLS IN MY HAIR
I EAT GUAVA AND LILIKOI NEVER
I PAY $8 FOR A SMOOTHIE
NO ONE STOCKS MY KITCHEN AT COSTCO
BIKINIS DO NOT PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN MY WARDROBE
I HAVE NO CLUE WHATS GOING ON IN LOTR
I SEE TIM TAMS IN THE GROCERY STORE AND PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND WHY IM EXCITED
I HITCHHIKE NEVER
I CANT FIND CARLO ROSSI ANYWHERE
I SEE THE SUNRISE NEVER
WEDNESDAYS ARE JUST WEDNESDAYS
Aloha to all of you Hanablog-followers. I got a few e-mails from people wondering what happened to the Hana Farms blog? and I wanted to apologize- as I have been away from the farm for a while- and so I have only been able to get updates from a few of the farmies while I have been away. (Which I am opening up this forum for anyone from the farmily who wants to write an update or 3 from your time on the farm...nudge nudge Shay, Lexie, Anne, Moss, Michael, Jake....anyone?) I have pirated some of the photos that they have taken over the past few months...and I can tell you it looks like some incredible times have been had by all. The outdoor-clay-wood-fired pizza oven is one of the highlights- as not only is it completed and functioning like a charm...but Hana Farms is now putting on Pizza Night every Friday evening...complete with life music and wonderful people. This has been beautifully received by the Hana community, as lets be honest...there aren't many options for night life on a Friday night unless you make your own! I am unbelievably proud of Dori, Alan and everyone else who believed in this project and had the determination to make it happen- this was completely led by the people...for the people :)
With all of the amazing transitions that have happened throughout the summer, I'm so grateful that we have had the chance to welcome so many amazing people as well. The new crew has seen a lot of change- new commercial ovens, tour buses galore down at the stand- and taken everything with such stride. We have Dori and Shay premiering what will be a fantastic meal for Cafe Attitude, a weekly gathering for local food and open-mic. Jake's been making us sauerkraut. Alan- thanks for the soap that's been keeping us all clean. Austin has been mastering the art of pizza, which is a good things because....
We're Building A Clay Oven!
Dori has been researching for months now, and bringing this project together. Him and alan have teamed up in what is a hilarious duo -that both know what they're doing and don't, but it is looking incredibly beauitful already. The hana community has been super helpful in providing information and resources to help this project come together, and we can't wait to thank everyone by hosting evening pizza parties, our very own "Pizza Club"
I must include that Hana Farms has been having some of the best themed parties to-date. I was blown away by the sustainability party (all costumes must be made of materials from the land), the stash bash was a riot- and (thankfully in many cases) Alan is the only one still sporting his facial hair entry (which is really staring to grown on me, perhaps you'll keep it :)
The dorms have become a wonderful feminine oasis and seeing much improvement from the hands and hearts of Shay, Moss, and Emily. And we've all been blessed tremendously by Ruth, our resident yoga teacher, who joined us after 4 months studying yoga in India, so grateful to you, for your teas and teachings and dried herbs for the kitchen, your the best!
Haley (from Kauai most recently), Annie (from California) and Lexie (from New York), our newest arrivals, Welcome!
As we transition into fall, I'm looking forward to citrus season, our Myer lemons are ripening, and a see keiki cacao pods on the tree, more raw cacao to come! Another special thanks to our vendors and artists who supply our little road-side market with delicious organic abundance. Keeping the lilikoi coming means we're stocking up on Lilikoi jam AND lilikoi cocktails (with Marty's new recipe).
Where to begin about this summer... It has been a fantastic whirlwind of changes, laughter, abundance, and growth for the farm.
First off, we had to say goodbye to some of our best friends. Sydney- our resident artist and master slack-jaw player, you brought so much laughter and beauty and joy to this farm. Your amazing deserts we will never get over. How can I even begin to talk about how grateful I was to have you in my life. You had such grace and exuberance, thank you for your time here (over a year! shows just how hard it is to leave this place) Miss you dearly! Angus- one month here turned into 6 and we couldn't have been happier. Thank you for your enthusiasm, for dressing up in the yellow jump suit and working the stand, for the moped rides and bro's delight with Zack! another one we just couldn't bear to let go. Zack, we all hope and pray you come again, because you truly have the ALOHA spirit and understood with depth the spirit of this land and this community. Paula- thanks for the love you brought with you and left behind, your spirit here glows on. Tim and Edith- thank you for your raw food insights, fantastic cooking and amazing baking. Sam and Kelly- you are wonderful Hana Farms family, thank you for your frequent visits, for giving alan a "quick ride" to Hana :P and staying to make the best dinner our mouths had ever tasted. Helene- you were so much fun, thanks for sharing Quebec culture with us! Jad- we're still having farm meetings, thanks for bringing this needed organization to the farm, and for all the little things you saw and did that improved this place, and for your spirit and openness. And Michael- the most recent departure. I really thought you had you convinced to stay forever, but home calls :) You are a rockstar, the official farm and Maui tour guide extraordinaire- you gave us so much- themed parties, community spirit. Your transformation here was incredible to watch and I have no doubt you'll carry all that energy with you on your next endeavor.
Well the post seems to have a lot of shout-outs, but it just shows how lucky we are here at Hana Farms to have such amazing souls and spirits that are drawn to be a part of our ohana, our farm community and extended FARMily (wherever they may be now) and our Hana community- thanks so much for all you do. Thank you for all of the ways that you have left a part of yourselves here, forever part of the beautiful story that is Hana Farms. <3