There is no doubt that Waipi'o Valley is my favorite place on earth. And my last trip home confirmed it. Over a three week period I went down to Waipi'o four times. Now this may not seem like much to your average bystander but getting down the valley [from the Hilo side] can be a mission. A mission that includes 4am wakeup calls. And if you know me.. I don't do early mornings [unless it entails this beautiful, black sand valley at the end of the snooze button.]
The water was incredibly clear and the waves maintained a good size every time we went down. I didn't bring my long board or surf at all [I'm getting old and don't want to get helicoptered out on a stretcher] but got to shoot a bunch from the water [and do a little bodysurfing too!]. It was paradise. That place really is magical. I probably say that every time I talk about it. Hah. But I absolutely love being disconnected from the rest of the world and completely connected to the earth while I'm down there. No cell phone reception, no technological distractions, you cannot even find out the score of the game until you are well out of the valley. That is freedom.
And if you cannot already tell from the photos.. Annie came to the Big Island for the holidays too! I think she took a major liking to this gem [minus the numerous river crossings.] Her favorite part? All the other friendly, ball-fetching dogs and plethora of crab holes to dig up. I think she felt right at home.
But this last trip confirmed it for me. I am ready to move back. I never felt so torn about coming back to the O'ahu. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the Gathering Place. There are a lot of benefits to living on this island. I just feel so much more.. myself.. on the Big Island. I might be biased.. but there is no other place like it. I recently met a girl who was living on North Shore of O'ahu for a long stint before settling back on the Big Island. She said she misses the beaches. And I don't know.. I think I would take black over white sand beaches any day. But that might just be me.
I'm ready to buy a Kalo farm just so I can be there all the time.. suspended in pure bliss.. forever.
Take me back.