Hurricane Iselle ~

9 Aug

Such a pretty name to pack such a whallUP ~ we are very thankful that there was no structural damage! We lost tents and tarps and a few trees ~ My head met a flying door I thought I could stitch it but the gash was to large… so ended up in the hospital! Apparently this storm was downgraded to a tropical storm, next time we will ensure that we have enough plywood to board up windows and doors… I have a new found respect for doors especially!

Some photos from the “Event” we have another storm moving in should go up and around us… I am hearing reports that some areas in lower Puna will have residents locked in for weeks as there are thousands of downed trees going in or out of that area. We are considering hiking in supplies to anyone who might need it in this area. Please check on friends and neighbors who are close by to you to ensure they have what they need and are ok!

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Ka Pule No Ka Malumalu ~ Ka Pule Lôkahi

7 Aug

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Ka Pule No Ka Malumalu ~ Ka Pule Lôkahi
The Prayer for Protection ~ The Unity Prayer
Ka mâlamalama o ke Akua e ho`opuni mai iâ kâkou.
The light of God surrounds us.
Ke aloha o ke Akua e kîpuni mai iâ kâkou.
The love of God enfolds us.
Ka mana o ke Akua e ho`opakele mai iâ kâkou.
The power of God protects us.
Ke alo o ke Akua e mâlama mai iâ kâkou.
The presence of God watches over us.
Ma kahi â kâkou, e hele aku ai he Akua nô.
Wherever we are, God is.

Unicorns Playing in the Summer Time ~

4 Aug

Well summer is almost over ~ So much fun and festivities and Birthdays ;-) ~ Those who open themselves to stand in their truth love and live life… Enjoy some of the photos from the later part of July… Love to you!

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Rainy Rainy – Nappy Play ~

17 Jul

To rainy to work outside ;-(  chanting & meditating  in my cabin playing with essential oils and incense… Doing an hour of Yoga and stretching was lovely. Not sure why but the fire ants left my bed so jumping in and out of nap time is easy without my a$$ all bit up. Were reading, listening to music, occasionally getting a smooth cold drink or hitting up the tea.

Were opening up a Goddess clothing store soon “Shakti Ma Ma”, having fun researching dresses, bags, etc we will also be selling Bindi’s and local handcrafted items such as art and jewelry. I will be offering my sacred salve and sexy salve’s also and we plan on having live music when possible ~ Also hoping to find a store front large enough to host female gatherings ~ All soft bodied lovelies sitting in space sharing love ahh…

We have space for two more woofers! Timothy has taken a break and is headed to another farm. We have a huge tent space in the back and a smaller tent space with an outdoor kitchen and solar… If ya know anyone who works hard and needs a space let us know – these two tent spaces are in the sheep pasture not sure if a female could handle the space just an FYI.

Enjoy this lovelies ~

Squiglee The Magnificant ~

15 Jul

The first thing Sguiglee did when he was gently placed into his loving enclosure was run around and buck – He then started scratching his but on the grass SO CUTE AGHH! He is very happy in his new home and we will start building a larger pen area for Squiglee and friends in the back of the property behind the chicken house. This way we can use the preexisting structure to build a roof out from saving time and $$$. It is very important to learn to breed and raise livestock you can eat them, breed them, also use for barter and trade and trust me when the dollars worthless ANY food source is going to become GOLD – cause folks ya cant even eat Gold… So start learning to love em and breed em all!

We will be feeding Squiglee organic local produce he will not be eating fake store bought pig food!

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Red Cinder Against a Red Floor ~

15 Jul

Big chunky wheel barrows full of cinder, 100 pound loads all 50 each day piled and pushed, smoothed and standing against the earth. Protecting our dwellings from mice, rats, bugs. We are spreading the dump truck size pile where it is needed around cabins, under cabins, around the main house as well as around the community kitchen area. I only hope we can create culverts and ditches by moving rocks when it rains hard so we are not creating streams and rivers on the property. Cinder can erode and wash away in the case of a heavy rain so it is vital that there are easements for the water away from the paths we are making. It looks so clean and so fresh when the cinder is laid down, the heavy work load is grounding hard – hard physical work is very grounding… we work soaking wet in the rain with sweat pouring out of us, I like to see how long I can go without water.

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Prosopis pallida – Kiawe ~ Huarango ~ Tree of Life

10 Jul

Source is strong and the download was hard and fast on this tree – Almost a year ago today I took my son and his two friends camping on the Kohala coast. As a single female I don’t know how to put up a tent or how to choose a decent location, but I did my best in finding a location so we could fish, make a fire, camp out, and have fun. I chose a spot based on what was available as far as camping registration, no mixed words here it was a horrible hellish place with trees that had huge thorns on them. We started noticing that we were getting thorns poking through our sandals, I had never seen anything like it and sensed a valuable lesson was to come of this experience but I wasn’t sure how this puzzle piece would fit into place… Until now. I was drawn to an article yesterday and it led me down a path of information to valuable to ignore, to important not to share with you. There is just something about this thorny tree, and yes there is something about this tree. Every time I would drive on the Kohala coast of the Big island I would see acres upon acres of dry barren lava rock and my mind would wonder what, what, what, could grow there… What would be a valuable resource to the community… Puzzle SNAPS together! Kiawe “The Tree of Life” also called, “The One” also called huarango ( I am discovering many other names are popping up as well). Ahh and yes you guessed it, the Agenda 21 folks ICLEI folks have this tree on their list of trees they call “Invasive”, “Unsustainable”, “Satan’s Weed”. They want to “eradicate it” … Shall we let them? No. “The clearing of kiawe (huarango) has been suggested as a major reason for the collapse of the Nazca culture in southern Peru at the beginning of the 6th century AD after an El Niño event led to flooding, erosion and desertification.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopis_pallida) there are varieties with smaller thorns and some with no thorns, as we learn and grow, lets think and apply this information.

Imagine a tree that has the following qualities and can grow on barren land, sand, or lava rock …

Kiawe as Food

1. Pod seeds can be pounded down into a highly nutritious super flour that is 11% protein
2. Dried bean pods and the flour made from dried Kiawe pods will store for YEARS.
3. A Brazilian study found that the broken pods of Kiawe could be boiled for 2 hours and the resulting liquid fraction is concentrated into a syrup similar to molasses but with a bitter flavor
4. Dried Kiawe bean pods ground into meal or flour is considered a staple food. It is very delicious and adds a sweet nutty taste to breads, pancakes, muffins, cakes and cookies.
5. Kiawe is also gluten free, GMO free, highly nutritious, diabetic friendly and can be used to make syrup, jelly, tea, milk, and wine and beer.
6. Unlike wheat that digests within one to two hours, Kiawe takes four to six hours to digest, resulting in delay of hunger pangs.
7. Diabetics! Daniel I found it! The sweetness in the Kiawe bean pod comes from fructose which does not require insulin to be metabolized and because of its high fiber content, the nutrients are absorbed which also assists in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Kiawe breaks down slowly in our bodies, providing lasting energy and stabilizing blood sugar levels. It is a diabetic-friendly food that is also gluten free.
8. Syrup made from the pods is a highly nutritional supplement given to children and lactating mothers to fortify their diets.
9. ANIMAL FOOD! Yes animals can eat Kiawe an abundant supply for our livestock and animals!
10. The light yellow flowers of the Kiawe attract bees. Now there exists an opportunity to fill a niche with little to no competition – pharmaceutical grade, raw, medicinal honey, propolis and bee pollen, sustainably produced utilizing compassionate beekeeping techniques coupled with organic agricultural practices from Kiawe in Hawaii. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
11. Kiawe contains protein and minerals such as barium, boron, calcium, chromium, obalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potatssium, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. (Source: http://themolokaidispatch.com/kiawe-beans-pods-not-just-food-for-livestock/)
12. Tea!`Ai Pohaku Kiawe Bean Tea Recipe Ingredients: Fresh Kiawe bean pods and Water. Directions: Rinse Kiawe bean pods if necessary, then fill pot 1/2 way. Add water to pot, until it’s 2/3 full. Bring to a rolling boil, 10-20 minutes then simmer on lowest heat for one hour. Makes beautiful dark brown sweet tea. Very tasty hot or iced! (Source: http://themolokaidispatch.com/kiawe-beans-pods-not-just-food-for-livestock/)
13. BEER and WINE – Kiawe pods can contain in excess of 40% sucrose. This is a large amount of sugar that lends itself quite readily to fermentation. Kiawe Beer: “The kiawe could be used as an adjunct to barley to offer its own characteristic flavor.  Possibly you could substitute the pounds of barley for pounds of kiawe grain.  Since the kiawe has more available mono and di saccarides. Heat the grain less, to alpha/beta diastase levels (ie between 145-160 F) than you would have to do with barley (high in starches, low in soluble sugars).” (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
14. The Mexicans make a sort of gruel, called atole de mezquite, by boiling the Kiawe or mesquit pods, mashing them to a pulp in fresh water, and straining.
15. Sweet, fresh pods were commonly chewed in indigenous cultures, and are today still consumed raw by children and in rural areas

Kiawe as Medicine

1. A useful by-product of the Mesquit-tree (Kiawe) is a gum that exudes from the bruised bark and may be used for the purpose of gum arabic, which it much resembles” (Bartlett in Moore 2003). The amber-colored exudate is soluble in water, but not in alcohol, ether, or oils. Gum of Acacia is also known as Gum Arabic. It forms thick, adhesive mucilage with cold or hot water. If allowed to evaporate the gum will be left with its properties in tact. Gum Arabic is considered nutritive as well as demulcent. It is used to soothe mucous membranes in cases of dysentery, gastritis, bronchitis, coughs, colds, hoarseness, diarrhea, and of typhoid. It is consumed dissolved in cold water for as many days as needed or the stomach will bear. Mixed with sugar it becomes an excellent delivery vehicle for medicines. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
2. “Its leaves can be chewed into a poultice and applied to cuts and punctures, kill the pain and prevent infection. We have used the chewed poultice on serious wana punctures. It relived the pain on contact, reduced the swelling in 10 minutes and neither the pain or swelling returned. It was amazing!” (Source: http://waianaegold.com/what-is-kiawe/)
3. Diabetics! Anecdotal reports indicate that when Kiawe honey is consumed in its raw state, people with diabetes recognize a lowering in insulin levels. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)

 

Kiawe as Fuel

1. Kiawe is a gourmet firewood for smoking meats and barbeque
2. Kiawe can be turned into Charcoal
3. Kiawe’s  dense wood makes excellent biofuel, post and lumber material

 

Kiawe as EcoSystem Sustainable System Assistant

1. Kiawe trees are excellent shade trees
2. Kiawe trees leaves are high in nitrogen and make excellent mulch and compost material for dirt and soil restoration as well as a nitrogen fixer. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
3. Kiawe trees assist in stopping soil erosion
4. Assists in growth of under forage ground cover that is shade tolerant

 

Kiawe History

Kiawe is botanically known as Prosopis pallida. The tree is a tropical legume from coastal South America whose range spans southern Ecuador, coastal Peru, Bolivia and northern Chile. Half way between the Port of Quilca, Arequipa and the Port of Callao, Lima, is an inland desert town of Ica. Ica is world renown for its dry climate, massive sand dunes, and excellent wine. In the early 1500’s the Spanish attempted to produce wine in different regions of Peru. They first tried the high altitude region of Cuzco, and then later moved to Arequipa before finally settling in the lower Ica Valley where they could achieve the quality they wanted. Up to that time the sand dunes were covered with forests of a tree the locals call huarango. This ancient Quechua word translates to “the tree” or “the one” an allusion to its significance as the tree of life in a marginal desert environment.” (SOURCE: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawearticle/honolulu_prosopis_article_2.htm)

“On November 21st 1826 La Comete left France on its voyage to the Sandwich Islands. Before arriving in Honolulu circa July 6th 1827 the ship made two stops in Peru for 6 weeks. On board was Hawaii’s first Catholic Priest, Father Alexis Bachelot, also known as the man who brought Kiawe to Hawaii.” (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawearticle/honolulu_prosopis_article_2.htm)

 

Do your own research on this tree and discover why eradication efforts are underway to stifle our ability to live freely off the aina ~ Open your eyes something that looks like a weed might actually be one of the most perfect blessings you have or will ever cross paths with ~ Blessings and love and light to you all…

 

Red Floor ~

8 Jul

Super amount of clean up of trash stuffs around the yard clean up happening. We will have to hire or get a truck to haul the load of scrap and garbage out, we really need a truck uh! Trying to get all the burnable lumber in the fire pit and pick up all the items around the yard. Working also on tree pruning, weeding, the list is endless and fun! We are painting the tribe kitchen dining hall floor red and it looks so good, I might have to slap myself to wake up hee hee… The cabin I dwell in has a new deck living area being added with roof top yipee! Excited to have a pillow floor area there… perhaps a morning tea making ceremonial area as well.

 

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Tribe Positive ~

26 Jun

Tribe Positive ~ Universal blessings abound and I am so thankful for our supportive farm tribe working hard on our planting projects today so I could spend the day getting web updates and other computer work done for the big community sustainability event this weekend. We are booking bands, getting all local artists ready, were bringing in the Hickup Circus troop and will have vendors and booths from local farmers. So busy and so excited we have put months into this event!

Today I checked on the progress the tribe is doing on the outside planting area, WOW check out these photos! The pineapple patch is now a raised bed area and more protected from the dogs! Also the path has been reworked going into the small greenhouse it looks amazing nice work everyone! Also VERY EXCITED we have the outdoor community dining area floor cemented! YAHOOO!!!

 

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Waking To A Dream ~

25 Jun

Like waking to a dream – Morning Sunshine! Today we sign papers, important papers, again final papers. Today they pour cement and we move forward -

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