Hawaiian Honua

I just spent last week enjoying the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and taking advantage of all of the opportunities to move and be active in such a perfect setting and climate. Each day was in the low 80’s, but the breeze off of the ocean made it feel cooler and walking, hiking and biking were very comfortable. The ocean water was very comfortable for swimming and snorkeling. I saw whales tail-slapping and porpoises jumping. While snorkeling, I swam with sea turtles and schools of tropical fish. I biked each day and got a chance to swim laps in a beautiful community pool. Renew your spirit by moving in nature!

“The Hawaiians have no word for “nature” as in the sense of “being outside in nature”, but they do have a word for “world” or “Earth”. The word is honua and it also means “background” or “foundation”. The ancient Hawaiians did not view nature as being something separate from themselves because nature was their reality. Some of the meanings of this word are: 1. to give generously and continuously; 2. to indulge as a child; and 3. surging, rising in swells, as the sea. So, a deeper meaning of honua is that the foundation of our physical reality, Nature, is continuously and generously giving to satisfy our needs and fulfill our wishes. But here is also a meaning of give and take. Just as the rising swells of the sea recede to gain renewed energy, Nature must also “recede” to renew itself and give strength to the foundation of our reality. So, just as Nature gives of itself to us, we must give of ourselves back to Nature.”

From “The Deeper Meaning of Aloha”

Being in such a beautiful natural environment absolutely renews my energy!

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