Never Leaving

Well, it’s been a week after I left Kauai and I’m already planning my next trip back.  All together, I would say the experience was more of a personal challenge then an academic one, however, I feel like the few people I interacted with made a lasting impact.  Native Hawaiians, and those who call the island home, are very proud and skeptical of outsiders.  I found my work extremely challenging, with many unanswered calls, ignored emails and awkward encounters, but hopefully I will be able to provide our community partner with some good insight to further their mission.

The last week was spent hiking and swimming.  I can’t say enough for the feeling of freedom and independence.  It will be a while until I’m able to experience that type of lifestyle again and I truly miss Kauai.

Hiking on the back of Sleeping Giant

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