Loving the Liliko’i

Liliko’i Flower

Today I’m gonna talk to you about the liliko’i aka passion fruit. Passion fruit is the American name, and liliko’i is the Hawaiian name for it.

The plant is a huge vine that will climb up anything. The color of the vine is purple brown and green, and the leaves are dark green.

Liliko’i Vine on ohia tree

The fruit starts out as a beautiful white and purple flower. Carpenter bee’s love to pollinate them.

Here on the big island the fruit can turn out yellow, purple, orange – which is the Jamaican variety. You can only open the liliko’i by biting it or cutting it with a knife.

Shiny Yellow Liliko’i

Open Liliko’i

The liliko’i fruit has a firm but pliable covering. The inside of it is a bunch of edible seeds covered with fruit. The seeds are black and the fruit is orange. The taste is sweet and sour and the Jamaican variety is sweeter.

The liliko’i fruit drops when ripe. This doesn’t damage the fruit because of its firm skin. In fact, when bugs break the outer membrane of the fruit, skin continues to grow inward so that the bug dies before it ever arrives at the fruit.

We love liliko’i fruit, and if you come for a visit we’d love to share with you. Aloha!!

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Mahukona Beach Park


Mahukona Beach Park is located on the North side of the Big Island between Hawi and Kawaihae – about a 2 hour drive from Puna. There’s no sand at this beach park, but it’s great for tent camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, sun bathing, hiking, fishing and whale watching.

It’s December now, and the wind can get pretty gusty, but otherwise the weather is warm and dry which is a welcome contrast to the especially rainy weather we’ve been experiencing in Puna. There’s no sandy beach, but there’s otherwise easy access to a beautiful, clear blue bay with stunning wildlife and even the remains of a sunken ship.

This place is pretty quiet. The campers are mostly snorkelers and scuba divers, and even though the campground is also home to many domestic cats, who’s presence is readily known, they do not seem to come near any campers.

The sunsets are gorgeous as you can see from the photo, the stars shine brightly at night, and the ocean view goes on forever! I especially enjoyed several hours basking in the warm winter sun while watching the movement of the ocean, sky and the occasional whale breathing and breaching.



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Total Energy-Body Clearing with Joel

Joel Hirsch

Joel Hirsch

I was intrigued by Joel’s message on Facebook, where he offered his style of healing which includes thai massage, Trager techniques, belly and facial deep release with shamanic sound healing.

That’s a lot to fit in to a little over 1 hour, but Joel does it gracefully and effectively.

Joel’s performs his service at his living space across from Kahena (a clothing optional black sand beach). The space is open and airy with naturally beautiful furnishings and structural accents.

Flying Yoga:

Flying Yoga

For this service I remained fully dressed in yoga attire. The session began with Flying Yoga, which was a bit unusual for me, but it was fun and relaxing at the same time. I felt some great stretching and release of the psoas muscle in the flying position, and that was much appreciated.

Getting Buffed:

From there, Joel had me relax on my stomach while he ‘buffed’ me. He used what looked like a car buffer over my entire back and shoulders. This felt a little intense at first, but relaxation and increased circulation quickly became the predominant experience.

Thai/Trager Massage:

Then we moved on to massage as Joel used his hands and feet to release tension in my whole body – including the soles of the feet, face and abdomen. I really enjoyed the facial release – it feels so wonderful to have the jaw released.

Shamanic Sound:

During those moments when Joel was applying increased pressure, he made a sound with his mouth that seemed to relax the muscles and promote deeper release. The sounds he made were similar to a didgeridoo, at least to my ear.


Now it’s been 3 days since my session with Joel, and I feel a greater sense of physical and mental lightness. I especially notice my jaw and hips continue to spontaneously release tension, and it seems easier to release mental chatter.

This is a transformative ‘service’ that delivers lasting results. I highly recommend it!!

Joel also offers a fun, unity focused yoga retreat. To book your appointment or to learn more about Joel’s offerings, please visit Joel’s website at takeflightyogaretreat.com

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Elimination Communication

With natural potty training being all the rage around sustainability-minded communities, the video presented here may be very helpful for those wondering how to implement it in their lives.

In this short video, Ano (founder of GaiaYoga) shares his experience with natural potty training (or in his words, Elimination Communication). Ano recommends a few books in this video – which may be viewed by Clicking Here.

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Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic dance is something that’s practiced regularly here in Puna, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about that!!

On Friday night, Blaze (my 9 year old son) and I went to Hawaiian Paradise Park for an Ecstatic Dance in a church building. After petting a big, friendly dog that was resting outside the door, I contributed the requested $5.00 donation, shared an embrace with Michael – the man holding space for this event, and entered somewhat of a dream space.

Upon entering we were encouraged to keep hydrated with the water provided, and for those who did not bring their own drinking vessel, disposable cups (and a pen to apply one’s name or symbol) were available.

The front entryway opened to a large open space where a bar (which is also Michael’s kitchen) is set up in the corner. The bar holds potential for juices, smoothies, awa or even something more potent, but at the moment, it serves as Michael’s personal kitchen.

There were several couches and chairs set up in front of and adjacent to the bar where people can engage in conversation or just take a rest. The ample space on the floor around the bar also serves as extra dance space!

The room with the bar opened up to another large room where a disc jockey was set up next to a meditation-style alter. In front of the stage was a large wooden floor where beautiful people were stretching, dancing and playing.

Shortly after our arrival, the DJ called for an opening circle. We all gathered while the DJ explained that ecstatic dance is about letting the music move you – allowing freedom of expression while respecting individual boundaries.

The DJ then asked for someone to volunteer for ‘the invocation’. A lovely woman named Sara (who was expressing a beautiful yogic flow before the circle was called) volunteered and invited all attendees to make the circle very small and tight.

Sara then started singing and rhythmically stomping her feet in the center of the circle as she successively pushed and then touched each person’s shoulders. Then Sara proceed to wedge her body into a seated position between me and another attendee as she began rocking – which essentially created a domino effect for the whole circle.

From there, people began dancing out of the circle, and I supposed this marked the commencement of the ecstatic dance.

The music had a funky dance beat with what I took to be a jazzy, mellow and somewhat latin flavor; and people were dancing in a very expressive and heartfelt manner. The essence of Love and Peace filled the space as every individual and unique expression seemed to effortlessly flow into one another.

My son, Blaze engaged in the dance for awhile, and then feel asleep on a couch – which seemed to be entirely ‘normal’ to everyone there. After about an hour and a half, the music stopped and the DJ called another circle where everyone was invited to share their experience during the dance, then community announcements were made, and to close out the session, the group shared three Om’s.

The event is from 7-9 pm every Friday night, and after 9:00 the attendees are invited to stay and connect some more.  Blaze was ready to finish his sleep at home, so we left right after the last Om this time, but we’re open to however it goes down next week!!

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LoveArt on the Mango Road


On the way down to Pohoiki, there is a beautiful and enchanted mango grove through which a narrow and winding road has been paved. This is a single lane road with ample turnouts making it easy for travelers moving in either direction to pull over and share a smile and/or shaka with neighbors and visitors alike.

As sometimes travelers can get caught up in the illusion of time and forget to allow and appreciate what’s HereNow, someOne created this lovely sign as a reminder.

Mahalos to whomever created and shared this form of Love. It makes the road to Pohoiki even more magical.


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Mermaid Party at the Pond


Yesterday we attended a birthday party for Dawa – a beautiful mermaid celebrating her fourth year of experience in her present human form. Her daddy, Tony Baugh (lead singer of Love Machine), was so sweet to carry her back and forth to the ocean-fed pond for mermaid frolicking in her native habitat.

Many friends attended this momentous event, and most of them enjoyed frolicking in the pond as well – even though they weren’t sporting their own mermaid tails!!

There was plenty of play, fun, food and rich conversation to go around.

The culinary highlight of the party was the homemade organic chocolate cake with blueberry cream cheese frosting!

Mahalos for the great time everyOne! Let’s do it again soon.




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