🌄 Day 340/365
Like peering into a fairytale this morning. Have we had a sunrise yet with so many beautiful colors at once? Fitting, as today the island loses a great family — wonderful friends to so many of us. They’re off on a new adventure and we are all greater for having spent time with them. A hui hou, Alexander family, until we meet again. Thank you for adopting Colin and I into your Kihei ohana. We are forever touched by your kindness and our island life is forever changed and bettered because of it.
The ohana and hanai concept is one of the most beautiful and relevant ideas I’ve ever been blessed to experience (essentially one’s extended and adopted family.) Greater and more meaningful than those you share blood with, it is the family you create from within your community, something especially profound to all of us with fractured relationships to our own blood relatives. It’s part of why Hawaii is one of the most special places on earth. I am honored to know first hand what it means and, although I’ve been creating my own hanai since long before coming to these islands, it takes on extra significance out here in the middle of the sea, surrounded by others who find familial acceptance in this magnificent place as well. It’s like living within sacred poetry, something this artist will never take for granted.
This sunrise was captured in Kīhei, Maui at 5:44am on the 2nd of June, 2023.
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