On our last update we were getting ready to depart for Hawaii for the winter months.
We made our way from our temporary parking spot at our friends, the Batty’s in Bellville, to parking at our home town church parking lot, while staying at our pastor’s families home.
About 10 days later we moved the truck and trailer (Charlie and Jacob “the Ark”) to a car lot near the Airport, then took a taxi to a hotel and then made our way to the airport the following morning.
The flight wasn’t too bad. The kids enjoyed being on a plane for the first time in their memory, as they had enough stuff to keep themselves occupied for the long journey over the ocean.
Upon arrival to Kauai, our final destination for this leg, we picked up our local rental, which was a beat up Corolla that was filthy but reliable. Our dwelling for the next 24 days was an apartment above a local plaza. It was quite nice and clean. Central enough for us to do day trips to any part of the island.
Being on the Hawaii islands is nothing new to us as we’ve had 4 trips here in the past, but this time it wasn’t supposed to be a vacation, it is supposed to be an attempt to see what living here would be like. Although we have very little illusion about being able to stay here permanently, we still thought it would be a great experience to see what the Hawaii-life would be like.
Perhaps it is an attempt to get so much Hawaii in our systems that we will desire it less than we do; A Hawaii overload!
This experiment proved difficult on our first stop of Kauai because it is our favourite island and our first time back in a while. Naturally, we just want to do everything and see everything like tourists. So much for trying to live like locals.
After arriving on our second island; Oahu, we promised ourselves that we would attempt local living here. Like Kauai, it may prove increasingly difficult. We always want to be out there sucking up the sights. We have a nicer local rental on this island but the apartment, although large and with a really nice view, is definitely well lived in and nothing like a hotel. This may help get us settled and feeling less and less like we are on vacation.
Cynthia and I have differing views on how we see our time in Hawaii so far. We have different goals and hopes for these 6 months as well. My thoughts are pretty scattered so far so I will refrain from spilling them out here or in my personal-thoughts section just yet.
One thing I will note is that a large amount of time in any place can turn out to be a bad thing. The more you immerse yourself in a place the more the vail lifted. This is what I suspect. Only time will tell if I’m right.
By “vail” I do not mean on the natural beauty of this place, because it’s truly overwhelming sometimes. What I mean by “vail” is the one over the ideas we have of it’s people, living here, and everyday life.
There is this cheesy line in the movie “The Beach”, where DiCaprio’s character realizes at the end of the movie that chasing a physical paradise is fleeting. He says: “Paradise isn’t a place, but how you feel for a moment in your life”.
When you’re on vacation, that is hard to render into truth, but give yourself enough time in a place, no matter how beautiful, and your problems will all rise to the surface, Once you experience pain, loss and trouble it can turn any paradise into Hell-on-Earth. But if you have everlasting peace and joy inside, then you can endure these things no matter where you reside. In my time here I must remember to pray for grown in that area of internal joy Christ provides me and think less about how my surroundings can fulfill me.