A New Beginning

Update: 2 December 2018

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December 2nd and a light snow falls in the mountains of northern New Mexico. A good day for me to be indoors, cozy near the warmth of the wood stove. A good day to pick up pen and paper and write. Finally inspiration! I’ve thought of writing often…but…we start again.

Since leaving the island of Hawai’i several years ago I’ve been on my land in northern New Mexico. The Lower Farm as it is called is a 150 year old adobe home situated on 25 acres of pasture and woodland. There is no indoor plumbing and the only source of heat is wood. Much is how it has been for generations. Preserving the traditions of the culture of the surrounding community has been of interest for years. I have a strong link with the past by living in this old adobe home.

On first returning to the Lower Farm I removed all furniture, artwork, antiquities, artifacts and curiosities that had collected over several decades. Interior walls were patched and painted. The front door opening needed to be enlarged and a standard size insulated door was installed. Other projects followed. My original intent was to develop my land and direct my energies towards agriculture. Small scale farming of medicinal herbs. Realizing the condition of the house and considering my age, my focus has turned to the rejuvenation of this old house. It’s what I’ve been doing. Working on this old house.

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In the coming weeks I’ll share some stories of the farm and other travel adventures of the recent past.

To all my old friends that may be out there – Aloha.

Via con dios, Dohn

 

 

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New Mexico calling

Update: 10 July 2015

7.8.15 retirement party Royal KonaThere comes a time when we realize we have wandered down some side trail other than the path we had intended to travel.

And such it was.

For the past ten years I have been the Chief Engineer for a large resort on Hawaii Island. I resigned my position the 14th of June. Something I had been thinking about awhile and finally pulled the trigger. The position was no longer in my best interest.

And so

I’m leaving Hawaii and moving back to the land. The Lower Farm in Ledoux, New Mexico is calling.

Hawai’i has been a life changing experience for me. It’s been wonderful living in such a lush tropical environment and through the culture I have learned how aloha is manifested and so much more.

This is how my horizons will change.

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I can live with that change. I’m actually looking forward to it.

The Farm has been mostly empty these past years except for my annual retreat and the occasional visitor. There will be a lot of work required to put things in order during the rest of this summer. It has been a dream for many years to establish an organic garden, incorporate some alternative energy projects, maybe raise some bees. In other words pursue living in a sustainable manner. It’s going to be great and I look forward to telling you all about it as things progress.

Saturday morning 7/10/15 the moving company is coming to take all my furniture and household away to be loaded on a ship for the mainland. I’ll be arriving in New Mexico on the 15th and my goods will arrive about five weeks after. The computer is coming down in the morning. Not sure how I’ll communicate for now.

Talk to you on the other side as soon as I am able.

Happy Trails, Dohn

 

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Tomorrow is another day

Every end is merely a beginning.

It is up to us to give it meaning.

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This year,

it’s almost half way gone.

Tomorrow is another day.

 

Peace,

Dohn

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The eerie aura of Mo’okini

From generation to generation the story of Mo’okini has been told.

On the northernmost tip of Hawai’i Island sits a massive stone ruins. The winds across Upolu Point rustle the grass of the hillside. The stones of the solitary ruins are silent. Once it was a place of human sacrifice.

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On the Kilauea Iki Trail

In 1959 a dramatic and violent eruption turned Kilauea Iki at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park into a cauldron of lava with fantastic fountains of fire shooting skyward.

A hike across Kilauea Iki crater is a walk into the heart of one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. It is an otherworldly experience.

Even though the crater looks tame from above, in the recent past this mile-wide opening was once consumed with fiery magma as it gushed from the Earth. After the eruptions of 1959 it took until the mid 1990’s for the lava lake under the surface to turn solid. It is a popular destination these days.

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Pele, Ohia and Lehua

The Lehua is known as Pele’s Flower

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The Ohia Lehua Tree has been sacred to the Hawaiian people since ancient times. It is  usually associated with the volcano deity Pele and often mentioned in legends, hula, songs, and chants. Continue reading

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The Volcanic Abyss Below

Noon, Thursday. April 30, 2015

 Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, Kilauea Volcano

 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Halema’uma’u is a pit crater located within the much larger summit caldera of Kilauea in  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The volcano diety, Pele resides in Halema’uma’u.

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