Makalawena, Ulu Festival & Warm Ponds

It’s been 6 weeks since we haven’t seen the girls. 6 weeks of intense glass blowing.
We picked them up on Friday night and on Saturday morning we were out for a road trip to Kona. It’s has been a couple of weeks of intense rain, the most rain Hilo has ever experience..10 inches of rain! We drove through the scenic route to take a look at the rivers… they were so abundant!

We delivered Dan’s art to the galleries, got Sophia’s ears pierced! watch a wonderful sunset from the hotel and then had some scrumptious grass fed, locally organic burgers!

Sophia is so aware of taking care of her earrings is amazing! She reminds us to clean it morning and night , super aware and super excited!

The next morning we woke up early, went to get some breakfast, snacks and lunch and head out for a hiking adventure to Makalawena Beach.

15 min of a pretty nasty dirt road  on our Volkswagen car! then 45 hike on the lava fields  to the beach!  Malia started to get a little tired and cranky. She said her sandals were not the best to hike. I exchange sandals with her and we kept going.

Once we got to the beach, all pains and complains were gone. They were so excited they were running and making heart shapes in the sand. 🙂

At one point Malia retracted and isolated herself. She looked sad so I asked what she was feeling, she said “I’m angry because Sophia gets all the attention!”

I talked to her for a while helping her to bring light to the issue. I hugged and kiss her…
She is going through a difficult age. She is 12 now. She is not a little girl anymore, she is not a woman yet but not even a teenager either! It is a little hard. Even though they love each other immensely, they constantly compete for attention.
I asked Malia, “do you think that there is truth in your statement?” “Don’t you think that you sometimes isolate yourself  and create separation, create that reality for yourself?” She reflected on this for a bit and a few minutes later, she was back to joy, jumping and loving the moment!

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Back Home at the Ulu Festival

Sophia’s school Hula Performance

Co-parenting this week has been a little challenging. Malia’s hair/scalp hair issues, being mindful with their eating habits and other things were very challenging topics to come to a mutual reality with Daniel.
We had to go through several processes and help from our couple’s  group for me to become Pono with all of it.  Now I have his perspective, his appreciation and his apology. The most effective process was Kathleen’s Couples’ dialogue. It really makes a difference.

At the Ulu Festival, we saw Sophia’s hula performance, we made crazy long line to buy food and then we headed out to the Pohohiki Warm Pond. It is the end of the winter now and the tide is very low so the had had very little water, it is a little too cloudy for my taste and there too many people so I stayed out of the water… and I’m glad I did because I got to take these wonderful shots and Dan and Sophia… Documenting the sweet, sweet moments.

Gaining confidence while bringing Joy and loving to Dad
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