So, I of course love everything about this program. The sustainability, living simply, programming, Camp Mokule’ia, but most important I love our community that we’ve built here throughout our time in Episcopal Service Corps. Everybody has always been so welcoming from the beginning, and we’ve really grown to become this beautiful family at Camp Mokule’ia! It has most definitely been “March Madness” around here, we’ve done so many wonderful things! Former Episcopal Service Corps member ( and one of my AmeriCorps teammate) Chalynn came to visit us for three weeks! It had been six years since I’ve seen here, and it was like nothing had changed (except of course we got older). The both of us along with the guidance of Teddy built a recycling center, Evan built a green waste compost bin, Kelly has been working hard in the garden getting new plants in the ground. We all the pleasure of joining Darrell, and Seini at the H.I.M. Conference where we talked about HUI PU and Camp Mokule’ia!
It’s not about what we just do as a community at camp though, it’s about enjoying this beautiful place we are as well. Evan and I started the month going to see Black Panther (which is on my top five list of favorite Marvel movies). Our friend and neighbor Kari had her birthday, so we celebrated with her at Da Crab Shack! Chalynn, Sofia, Evan, Chris, and myself all celebrated my birthday early by going parasailing. We went in groups 1,000 feet in the air and as they were bringing us back down to the boat they dunked us in the water. Everything was so peaceful and quite when you were up in the sky, you really got to enjoy the beautiful view. We also had a gathering for my birthday, where Dan grilled our food for us, and Kari made me the most wonderful cake with chickens on it! The celebrating continued when all the stuff shared cookie cake at lunch time.
This experience is such a blessing, and not only will I never forget about being a part of Episcopal Service Corps, all of these people I’ve met and will meet along the way will always hold a special place in my heart.
I’ll leave you with this quote and some photos from our adventures this month so far. ✌️❤️
“I didn’t find my friends; the good lord gave them to me”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson