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.