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in this issue: In Holding Space, Denise LaBarre shows us that whether it’s holding space for growing, healing, or dying, the gesture and dynamics are the same: open arms, invitation, non-judgment, safe boundaries, and Love. [page 6]

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In Breadfruit Is Making A Comeback, John Cadman shows us that Ulu (Breadfruit) is the latest new food crop garnering lots of attention in the trend to promote sustainability and develop food security. Not only here in Hawaii Nei, but in many other tropical regions of the world as well. [page 8}

In Pure and Healthy Families, Sabrina Harmony Sims shares how people are coming to terms with poignant facts about food and where it comes from. Families in large numbers now, are making the shift toward more compassionate and sustainable sources of nutrition. With the knowledge we’re gaining in nutrition, many families are starting their kids off vegan and even as raw-foodists right from the start and showing amazing results. [page 11] In You Are The Captain of Your Life, Home Le’amohala shows how our consumer choices steer not only our own behavior but also that of countless others. Individually, our consumer choices seem like a small drop in the ocean, but collectively, they are humongous impacts that splash intense demands upon our world. As we grow in our awareness that each and every one of our choices matter, we step forward in our opportunity to choose thoughtfully and make a positive difference. [page 17] In Upcountry Farmer’s Market, Carlos Garcia talks about the mostly organic food available there and how much of it is vegan. This writeup includes a short review of some of the healthier vegan products and vegan food vendors. [page 26] In Living & Dying Aloha, Alex Leikermoser writes about how to cultivate a new way of appreciation for life and living so that death and dying are natural and peaceful no matter when the time comes so that we are as ready as we can be. And while we’re at it using our time alive as productive and loving as possible. [page 28] Be sure to use our Green Pages, Wellness & Healthy Living Directory. The best source of health care providers, fitness centers and clean healthy food on Maui. Let them know you read about them in Living Aloha Magazine. [page 20]

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Holding Space for Ourselves, for Our Kids, and for Our Parents by Denise LaBarre When I demonstrate holding space, I hold my arms out as if a child is going to run and jump into them, and I smile. I invite and contain this fun explosion of energy as a gift to both of us. I allow for many possibilities – maybe the child jumps high, maybe to the left – and I hold my arms firmly enough to catch him safely even if there’s some impact. Whether it’s holding space for growing, healing, or dying, the gesture and dynamics are the same: open arms, invitation, non-judgment, safe boundaries, and Love. (joyfulness or serious tone is optional)

It’s easy to hold space for a baby learning to walk. We understand that this is a natural phase of growing up; that falls are part of the learning process; and that we simply have to provide a guiding hand to keep the baby out of danger while he figures out the details. Most of us came through that particular process pretty well and can easily hold space for other new beings as they go through it. But what happens when space isn’t held well? Imagine a girl learning to climb a tree. If her mother hovers

closely out of fear that she’ll fall and hurt herself, she will absorb that fear and self-doubt. Similarly, if her dad pushes her faster than she’s ready to learn, or shouts down her trepidation, she won’t get the chance to experience and enjoy her own mastery. In either case, the arms weren’t held open well so she could find her own way and she is less likely to hold space appropriately for someone learning a similar skill. In the case of a teenager going through a difficult phase, you probably

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have some experience that can help you open your arms and your heart. Even if you didn’t go through that exact thing, you probably went through something challenging as a teenager and your Inner Teenager may have perspective that your Adult self doesn’t. Empathy opens your arms and compassion throws them wide. Judgment makes you narrow your arms. Fear may make you throw them up altogether. Ask yourself if there was a time you went through a tough time and someone was able to hold space for you and your situation. If you can recall how supportive and satisfying that felt, you can extend that to the teenager. Remember the open arms, held firmly, with love. If you didn’t get a lot of safe space held for you growing up, you can still learn from the great space-holders out there: Gandhi, the Dalai Lama - or even your kind next-door neighbor can show you how to pay forward the gift of holding space for another. Out shopping, you can see a mother who is patient with her son, even when they are both tired and hungry; or in a park, the dad who takes the time to teach his daughter how to throw a ball, even when the motion doesn’t come easily to her. What about holding space for someone who sits on the opposite side of the creationist/evolution debate? Or people with completely opposing political views? You hold space for them the same way, by expanding your perspective to encompass a higher, larger view and opening your heart. I had to do this when I was massaging a cattle rancher from Texas who insisted on telling

me about shooting a dozen condors, furious that they were killing her calves. My job in that moment was to touch her with love, so I held space for myself by taking a few breaths and letting my anger and frustration flow through me and then expanded my heart space as I reminded myself that she held her viewpoint just as dearly as I held mine. I was able to hold space for her opinion without specifically agreeing with it – and I came out of the massage feeling bigger than if I had contracted into opposition. Contracting into our own viewpoint locks down the defensive armor; when there’s no space for the other, we feel diminished ourselves. Then there’s the “pay it forward” aspect of caring for our aging parents. We are each a moving-target space holder on the human continuum, in line with our ancestors and our progeny. When several generations live together, young ones watch their elders progress through all the stages of aging and death and they learn how to hold space for this phase. If we go through life largely separated from our elders, we may have difficulty holding space for aging as we see it in ourselves up close for the first time. If we don’t die young or suddenly, there’s a strong chance we will need care as we age and it’s easier to accept that eventual care if we have already cared for another. Because I didn’t get this in my household growing up, I’m consciously hanging out with other elders as they approach death. I’m learning to hold my arms open for my own aging and death by their examples. This is holding space for all of life and that is a sweet space to be in!

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breadfruit is making a comeback by John Cadman

Just in case you haven’t heard, Breadfruit or ‘Ulu (in Hawaiian), is the latest new food crop garnering lots of attention in the push to promote sustainability and develop food security. Not only here in Hawaii Nei, but in many other tropical regions of the world as well. Cultivated for centuries throughout Polynesia, breadfruit has lost its rightful place in our food supply here on the islands due to a number of factors. But thanks to its innumerable uses and ease of cultivation, it is making a strong comeback, and the timing could not be better for this new superstar to aid in our efforts to regain food sovereignty here in Hawaii. Breadfruit has been cultivated and highly valued as a staple crop throughout Polynesia for over 3000 years. It is believed to have originated in New Guinea and spread across the Pacific on the voyaging canoes. Called ‘Ulu in Hawaii, the plant goes by many different names throughout the world. The name Breadfruit was given to it by the European explorers who thought that the roasting fruit smelled like freshly baked bread. They were amazed by its versatility and abundance, and in 1787 King George III dispatched the ship called “HMS Bounty” on a mission to introduce Breadfruit to the British colonies in the Caribbean. The unfortunate fate of the HMS Bounty 8

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was such that a mutiny resulted in over a thousand young breadfruit trees being tossed into the ocean along with half of the ship’s crew. But, thanks to Captain Bligh’s tenacity and luck, he made the voyage again several years later and this time was successful in his quest. Today, breadfruit is revered as highly in the Caribbean as it once was here in Hawaii. Regrettably, here in Hawaii, breadfruit lost its rightful place as a major food crop. Once the western approach to food was adopted, the importance of sustainability and food security was lost. In Hawaii, we have become dependent upon the importation of an estimated 80­to 90% of our food supply. However, thanks in large part to organizations like The Breadfruit Institute, Global Breadfruit, and the ever-increasing awareness on the importance of food sovereignty, breadfruit is making a much overdue comeback. And the ‘Ulu comeback is happening not only here in the islands, but in over a dozen countries across the globe where breadfruit has never been grown before. Breadfruit’s greatest appeal as a food crop comes from its versatility, abundant production, and ease of cultivation. It grows well in tropical regions throughout the world and requires very little attention. It is relatively disease and pest free. Once


a tree starts producing, which can be in as little as a few years, it can provide food for several generations to come. It is considered one of the highest yielding food crops in existence. A fully producing tree can provide 500­to1000 pounds of fruit each year. Nutritionally, breadfruit is high in carbohydrates and a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, and niacin. Some varieties are also good sources of antioxidants and carotenoids. Another amazing aspect of this fabulous fruit is its culinary diversity. It’s almost like 2 foods in one. In its mature or starchy stage, ‘Ulu is treated like a vegetable. It’s like a Polynesian Potato with at least as many methods of preparation as its South American friend. All the new creations people keep coming up with are amazing. As the fruit begins to ripen, it starts to soften and gradually becomes sweeter. A ripened breadfruit has an amazingly delicious tropical smell, somewhat like a jackfruit crossed with a banana. At this stage, it is great for making all kinds of tasty desserts. It is helpful to know that breadfruit at any degree of ripeness can be steamed and then frozen for use at a later date. I prefer quartering, steaming, and then peeling the fruit. This way you can stock up when it is plentiful and have it year ‘round.

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Not only are there numerous ways to prepare this delicious fruit, there are a multitude of uses for all the other parts of the tree too. The male flower, or inflorescences, can be dried and burned like a mosquito punk with great effectiveness. The leaves, bark and sap all have medicinal properties. Speaking of that white sticky stuff that gets all over your knife and cutting board, it was used with great success to patch leaks in canoes. Amazing right? The inner bark can be made into fine kapa (cloth) and can be used to make rope as well. The leaves can be used as a cooking wrapper much like a ti leaf. The wood has many structural uses and the larger trunks were made into canoes. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, it was also one of the favored woods used to make surfboards by the Hawaiians.

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Now all this may sound interesting, but I estimate that the majority of the fruit from the trees here on Maui is sadly going to waste. I continually get asked, “How can you tell when it’s ready to harvest?” “How do I pick it?” “What do I do with it?” “Where can you get trees?” “What varieties are there?” “What’s the nutritional value?” “Where does it grow best?” Thanks to the efforts of the Breadfruit Institute and the Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu project, there are answers to all these questions and more on their respective websites. There is a wealth of information out there and it’s great to see the interest in this ancient food crop.

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Breadfruit’s rediscovery here in Hawaii could not have come at a better time. Because of all its attributes, it has an amazing potential to address our food security and sustainability issues. We desperately need to take back our food sovereignty. Developing localized food supply chains is an essential part of this process. Thankfully, the humble breadfruit has been waiting all along for us to finally realize that what’s new is really old.

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be sure to Visit Ulu market on any given day – Ulu Market always has various ulu based items. It’s the only store on Maui where you get freshly prepared ulu salads, ulu hummus and even ulu soups. On any given day there can be various freshly made dishes for you to try. On one day recently they had a really tasty vegan ulu curry. There are also some pre-packaged desserts you can take for the road. Unless you have Hawaiian friends that are great ulu cooks, Ulu Market is your best bet to stock up on many ulu specialties. Keep an eye out for more educational Ulu events at Ulu Market in the near future.

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I am so grateful to have so many vegan friends all over the world, and now—in nearly every restaurant I enter in all my travels (and especially on Maui), I often see an array of healthy, hearty vegan fare. Look how far we’ve come in understanding our health as it relates to our lifestyle choices. A vegan lifestyle also allows for far less stress on the environment and of course, the other animals that inhabit this fragile planet. Every day it becomes increasingly clear that one of the biggest threats to our environment—and one of the worst industries in terms of violence on this planet—is that of the “livestock” industry.

“There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it...” ~ cowspiracy.com “…The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water

pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.” ~ Worldwatch Institute, Is Meat Sustainable? People are coming to terms with these poignant facts, in large numbers now, and making the shift toward more compassionate and sustainable sources of nutrition. And they’re raising their children vegan too, in hopes that there will be a world for their children to live in healthfully and happily, now and in the future. These vegan families and their beautiful vegan kids, some of whom we’re blessed to share such a sweet, tiny island with, are some of the most healthy, happy and gentle people I’ve met in my life. It seems to naturally flow; Living Aloha

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gentle towards other animals, gentle toward other humans. These families here on Maui are making important and sustainable food choices for themselves and for their keiki. I got to speak with some of them.

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First, I did a mini interview with Ellen Fisher, who’s been vegan nearly nine years now. When we spoke, she was 9 months pregnant with her second child.

I asked her what brought her to her vibrant vegan lifestyle. Ellen: Well, originally, it was that I was struggling with the eating disorder of anorexia in high school and college and was trying to get better but every time I would eat something, I just felt bad. And that was probably because, at that time, I was only eating unhealthy foods. And someone mentioned to me then about the raw foods diet. And I was so fascinated.

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My friend suggested that, maybe if I focused on eating for my health, instead of focusing on being unhealthily skinny, that my mindset might change. And it did and I just jumped right into it and went vegan overnight and started eating lots of raw, wholesome foods. And over time, in addition to health, I learned about all the other reasons to be vegan—so my passion for veganism just broadened immensely and I became vegan for a whole host of other reasons. Now I am an ethical vegan, I’m an environmental vegan, I’m a vegan for world peace—and I’m vegan to promote compassion for our children. It’s just such an amazing way to raise this next generation, in love and non-discrimination. To tell that child, you know, that chicken, just because he looks different than you, [shouldn’t take away the fact that] he has just as much right to live as you do. Sabrina: Okay. That makes complete sense to me. You healed your body and your relationship with food by choosing vegan. And as you did more research, it took on more significance to you, with all that this choice contributes to in our world. Ellen: Yes, while it helps heal the world, the vegan lifestyle has helped to heal a lot of my ailments. In fact, it helped


heal my mental health, my physical health—and both of my pregnancies have been amazing. Ellen’s little boy, Elvis, is a raw vegan 3-year old who innocently and entirely sparkles. And when you look at him and see his energy level and the peace and warmth he shares, you can see he’s happy and healthy. If you ask him why he doesn’t eat animals, you might see him look up at you with joy in his eyes as he proudly proclaims: “because animals are my friends.” Since we spoke, Ellen gave birth to the newest addition of her happy, healthy vegan family. She encourages us to visit her on YouTube (Mango Island Mamma) and instagram, to see just how healthy and radiant you can raise a child with compassionate, vegan nourishment. INSTAGRAM: @ellenfisher YOUTUBE: youtube.com/mangoislandmamma1

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Another Maui momma, Coreena Neri, has been vegan for the last twenty years and she is raising her 8 year-old son, Rafi, vegan too. Rafi’s passion is surfing and you can usually find him in the water with all of his enthusiastic energy, nearly every day of the week, chasing the waves and good weather. My friends Brook and Home Le’amohala have also been long-time vegans and they raise their 6 year-old boy, Koa, on a vegan lifestyle too. Koa has boundless energy and I know that first hand, because I’m often asked to babysit for him. He loves spending his energy on his many trampolines, after eating his favorite seasonal fruits. When speaking with Koa, you’ll get that he doesn’t understand why anyone would ever eat an animal. To a young, exploring mind, uninfluenced by the meat and dairy industry, it simply makes no sense. And, somewhat new to Maui, Sebastian and his wife Mumi have been raising their girls Munai (7 years old), and Kenai (3 years old) raw vegan their entire lives. They moved to Maui a couple months ago and can be seen with their friendly pet pig around town.

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If you haven’t already, then it’s time to take the wheel. We are captains, all of us. We make decisions

With it, we are aligned to turn the tide of corporate greed and corruption back into the social service that it was always meant to be. As a measure to support our secure arrival to a place of universally practiced Conscious Compassionate Consumerism, it is imperative that we each steer our choices intelligently. To support this we will need to hone our ability to discern between the misinformation that clouds our sensibilities and the truth that sets us free. How do we make such discernments? Simple…

every day. We decide what to wear, what to do, what to say, who to say it to, how to interact, and perhaps most significantly—what to buy. Our consumer choices steer not only our own behavior but also that of countless others. Individually, our consumer choices seem like a small drop in the ocean, but collectively, they are humungous impacts that splash intense demands upon our world. As we grow in our awareness that each and every one of our our choices matter, we step forward in our Seek out others who are exemplifying opportunity to choose thoughtfully and intelligent choices. i.e. they: patronize choices as make a positive difference. Intentionally farmers markets, recycle regularly, shop consumers making choices to shop for locally organic, support community cohesion, provided products and services practice resourcefulness, maintain have HUGE whenever possible is an excellent start. their possessions to last longer, are impacts Assuring that the industries that we organized, bring their own bags, support are conducting their business in a servingware, and utensils to gatherings, manner that is compassionate towards: the buy low or non-phosphate detergents, regions from which they derive their materials, and eat low on the food chain. When you find our Earthmates—those with whom we share our them, commune with them. Find excuses to be in existence, and of course, ourselves—their patrons, is their presence and learn their perspectives. Find out also advisable. what their sources of information are and why they subscribe to such sources. The most fundamental Conscious Consumerism is soon to be one of the learning method for humans is mimicry. Communing most powerful forces that humanity has yet to unveil. Living Aloha

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with those who exemplify healthy habits is synonymous with putting ourselves on the fast track to Global and Progenic Integrity. All integrity captains rely on special posts and scouts. Posts are people who are assigned strategic positions that enable them to see and forewarn their captains about approaching hazards. In a real boat these would be the crow’s nest and the bow. On land, a scout might be a better description for a leader’s consultant. A scout races ahead of the tribe to learn about, return, and report on what lay ahead. An integrity scout reports factually, not exaggerating or diminishing any of the data. This helps the captain/leader to make clear, healthy decisions about where to steer his boat/tribe. You are the Captain of your life and possibly the lives of those who are depending upon you to make good decisions. Being discerning about the posts and scouts that you are entrusting to help you make sound decisions is critical in forging a healthy path for you and your beloveds. Without clear discernment, your sensibilities are in jeopardy of being seduced by the ‘snake oil salesmen’ of corporate manipulation. Again, to support yourself in making sound choices, commune with those who operate independently of corporate influence. Find them, befriend them, and utilize their prowess as your own personal host of personal advisors. Utilizing the prowess of intelligent community members honors them. It also honors your mo’opuna– your progeny, and this honors your community and your elders since you are helping to accomplish what all beings have strived to do—create a healthy heritage. More on this will be shared in an upcoming issue. Meanwhile…

You are already the Captain of your Life.

Seize the day, take the wheel, accept responsibility, and Live Aloha!

Happy Sailing Cap’n!

Home Le’amohala is the curator of Onipa’a Sustainability Center, a Life Coach, and author of The What, Why, and How of Sustainability, and Embracing Sovereignty. For free copies or more information email veganglow@gmail.com.

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Sulara James Author, Clairaudient, Channel for Healing

In her latest book, Pearls of Wisdom from Spirit, Sulara, an intuitive and channel for healing, shares excerpts from her channeled readings that unveil wisdom from Spirit. These timeless teachings elevate our lives to unimagined heights. Use this book as a daily soul workbook, drawing on it for inspiration and guidance. Private Sessions/Consultation available upon request. To contact Sulara for healing work, e-mail sulara@shininghand.com.

Shininghand.com

“For heaven is in your hearts, and if you acknowledge this truth and live this truth, you are creating heaven on Earth.” From Pearls of Wisdom from Spirit

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Wellness & Healthy Living Directory Maui Yoga Path

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161 Hana Hwy. Paia, HI 96779 808-868-0252 • meshyoga.com

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Maui Wellness CenterAnanda Sanctuary in Haiku 808-463-5856 mauiwellnesscenter.com

Maui Yoga Shala - Paia

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381 Baldwin Ave Paia, HI 96779 808-283-4123 • maui-yoga.com

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Maya Yoga in Huelo

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ANIMAL CARE���������������������������������������24

Kihei Community Yoga

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1847 S. Kihei Rd. #103 Kihei, HI 96753 808-269-2794 • kiheiyoga.com

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Maui Beach Yoga 808-385-6466 • mauibeachyoga.com

Yoga Shala - Wailea 34 Wailea Gateway Pl. A-208 808-283-4123 • maui-yoga.com

Anahata Yoga Annette Davidsson 808-359-3181 • ayoga.us

Body Alive Yoga 1995 Main St., 2nd Floor Wailuku, HI 96793 808-987-1928 • bodyaliveyoga.com

Christine Wilkinson Yoga Therapeutics Wailuku, HI 96793 603-203-0102 • cwyoga.com

Angel Yoga-Angel Hoenig 808-874-1887 KIRTAN

WEST SIDE

Bikram Yoga 845 Waine’e Street #204 Lahaina, HI 96761 bikramyogalahaina.net

Sacred Sounds Music Events Kirtan at Yoga Shala Fridays at 7 PM 381 Baldwin Ave • Paia, HI 96779

Kirtan in Kula Saturdays at 6 PM 860 Holopuni Rd. • Kula, HI

Island Spirit Yoga 840 Wainee St. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-2111 • islandspirityoga.com

Maluhia Paloma Beach and home sessions offered

808-489-6303 CENTRAL MAUI

Bikram Yoga Kahului 251 Lalo St. Suite A2 Kahului, HI 96732 808-872-2402 bikramhawaii.com

NIA

Jennifer Loftus nianow.com/jennifer-loftus BODYWORK • MASSAGE, CHIROPRACTIC • ReiKI, ACUPUNCTURE • ROLFING UPCOUNTRY/EAST MAUI

Peter Hofmann Therapeutic Massage Peter Hofmann, LMT 808-298-8971

Healing Catalyst Denise LaBarre 808-575-2244 • HealingCatalyst.com

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Hot Stone Massage-Hana

Reiki and Cranioasacral

Reiki with Jenna

Ultimate in Relaxation Carla Morningstar P-808-248-7297 • M-808-268-4007

Lucia Maya • 808-866-8246 luminousadventures.com

408-621-4102

Temple of Peace Healing Sanctuary – Colonics, Hydrotherapy & Spa

808-268-6807

808-281-9001

Heavenly Pivot Acupuncture Naya Cheung Rice

Pole Fitness

808-575-5220 templeofpeacemaui.com

Transformational Healing Arts 510-292-5990 • reclaimingbalance.org

Reiki Sessions & Training - Bill Cox 808-572-4177 • mauireiki.com

Orthopedic Massage on Maui Raphiell Nolin LMT 808-264-1144

Enlighten Up Massage and Sound Table Adrian Blackhurst 808-463-5856 EnlightenUpMassage.com

The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage 808-572-1888 • massagemaui.com

Hale Ho’ola Haleakala Maui Bodyworks/Syntropy Neuromuscular Integration Hanne Johanna Holland, LMT 808-280-2949 • mauibodyworks.com

Ho’omana Spa Maui

thepoleroom.com • 808-283-2606

808-633-1753 • heavenlypivot.com

Sarah Thompson Intuitive Healing Maui 808-250-8452

Maui Rolfer - Josh Froberg

WEST SIDE

Kapalua Spa 808-665-8282 • kapalua.com

Maui Massage & Wellness

Mauirolfer.com • 808-757-1125

808-669-4500 mauimassageandwellness.com

Lomi Lomi Massage

Zensations Spa

Tanmayo N. Brown 808-283-6888 • mauiwellnes.com

Table Massage/Nutrition Ethan Sisser • 808-633-6609

Thai Body Work Adrian Avocado 650-490-6342 • adrianavocado.com SOUTH SIDE

Maui Mobile Reiki Energy Spa 808-212-3248 • facebook.com/reiki.maui

Watsu and Massage Brenda M. Martin 808-269-4337 • watsuonmaui.com

Massage Maui Style

808-573-8256 • lomimassage.com

808-280-1523 • massagemauistyle.com

Joanne Green Therapeutic Massage

Dr. Michael Pierner Chiropractic Care

808-344-9344 joannegreenbodywork.com

Reiki Maui HI Patricia Gould

Hands of Light - Coreena

808-875-4357

Shalandra Abbey Reiki Master, Author 808-280-7704 • reikihawaii.com

CENTRAL MAUI

808-669-0100 • zensationsspa.com

Carol A. Phelan Bodywork

Galan Sports Chiropractic & Massage

169 Ma’a St. • Wailuku, HI 808-938-7084

808-344-5066 galansportschiropractic.com

Doucette Chriropractic & Kinesiology

Healing Hands Chiropractic of Maui Anthony Jayswal, D.C.

808-893-2427

Spa Luna Massage

808-662-4476

808-575-2440 • spaluna.com

Complete Chiropractic & Massage Richard Sargent, D.C.

Fabian Physical Therapy Erika Fabian 95 Lono St., #202 - Kahului 808-872-3333 • fabianpt.com

808-268-1277 completechiropracticmaui.com

Christine Wilkinson Karuna Reiki Master

Ocean LightForce Chiropractic Maui

Wailuku, HI 96793 603-203-0102

808-419-6450 lightforcechiropracticmaui.com

Jeffrey A. Tice, L.Ac Acupuncture

VanQuaethem Chiropractic 808-667-7700 • getadjustedmaui.com

808-281-2727 • taotonow.com

Karine Villemure Massage Therapy and Clinical Skin Care

Len Jacoby, L.Ac Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Herbs

808-298-9512

808-662-4808

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Maui Therapeutic Massage Dean Nicklaw

Dr. Nancy Lins, N.D. Naturopathic Physician

808-250-1073

808-667-9554 • drlinshawaii.com

Wellness & Healthy Living Directory

Green Ti Boutique and Massage

FuzionFit, Inc

3265 Baldwin Ave. - Makawao 808-572-9021 • bed-breakfast-maui.com

810 Kokomo Rd • Haiku, Hi 96708 808-214-9011 • fuzionfitinc.com

Maui Wellness Center/

Anytime Fitness

808-242-8788 • greentimaui.com

Ananda Sanctuary in Haiku

Bowenwork Maui Jennifer Carey

Hale Akua Garden Farm

808-463-5856 • mauiwellnesscenter.com 110 Door of Faith Rd. in Huelo 808-572-9300 haleakuagardenfarm.com

808-269-3498 •bowenworkmaui.com

Wailuku Health Center Andrew M. Janssen, DC Chiropractor

MAUI MASSAGE SCHOOLS

Maui Academy of Healing Arts

808-572-5599

808-879-4266 • massagschoolmaui.com

Erin L. Elster, DC Chiropractor

Spa Luna Massage School

808-866-6551 • erinelster.com

Sabai Massage Therapy 808-463-7734 • thaimassagemaui.com

Palms at Wailea 3200 Wailea Alanui Dr. • Kihei, HI 96753 888-901-4521 • sunshineretreats.com

3390 Old Haleakala Hwy Pukalani • 808-633-6463 anytimefitness.com

Crossfit UpCountry 850 Haliimaile Rd. • Makawao, HI 96768 808-281-6925 crossfitupcountrymaui.com

Ala Kukui

808-575-2440 • spaluna.com

4224 Hana Hwy in Hana 808-248-7841

Malama Healing Arts CenterMassage Therapy & School

Temple of Tantra

Roth Chiropractic

808-579-8525 •malamahealingarts.com

1371 Malaihi Rd in Wailuku 808-244-4921 • schooloftantra.com

808-244-0312

Sabai Massage School

Talking Hearts

The Gym Maui

Heart Intelligence Coaching and Retreats with Tomas and Joan Heartfield, PhD 808-572-1250 • talkinghearts.com

300 Ohukai, B 202 - Kihei 808-891-8108 • thegymmaui.com

808-463-7734 • thaimassagemaui.com

Homeopathy

Ho’omana Spa Maui

Maui Homeopathy

808-573-8256 • lomimassage.com

Hana, HI • 808-248-7568

The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage

Naturopaths

808-572-1888 • massagemaui.com

Dr. Marsha Lowery ND (Upcountry & Central locations) 3681 Baldwin Ave. Ste. A104 Makawao, HI 96768 808-633-8177 • mauiND.com

MAUI RETREAT CENTERS

Dr. Bonnie Marsh, ND

470 Kaluanui Rd. • Makawao, HI 808-243-7284 • heartpathjourneys.com

Lumeria Maui Retreat Center 1813 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao, HI 855-579-8877 • lumeriamaui.com

905 Kokomo Rd. • Haiku, HI 96708 808-575-2242

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SPIN/CYCLING STUDIOS

Enjoy The Ride MAUI 118 Kupuohi St, C-2 • Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-7772 • enjoytheridemaui.com

Heart Path Journeys

233 S. Market St. • Wailuku, HI 96793 808-633-8177 • mauiND.com

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Banyan Tree House B & B

GYMS & FITNESS TRAINERS UPCOUNTRY/EAST MAUI

In Home Personal Trainer Functionalty / Core Training Marco 310-367-6002

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The Pole Room 142 Kupuohi St, F2 • Lahaina, HI 96761 808.283.2606 • thepoleroom.com

Valley Isle Fitness Center 41 E. Lipoa St., Kihei, HI 96753 808-874-2844 valleyislefitnesscenter.com

Reps-Training Center 161 Wailea Ike Pl. • Wailea, HI 96753 808-875-1066 • repsfitness.com


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NATURAL FOOD MARKETS

Body in Balance

Mana Foods

142 Kupuohi St. - Bldg. # F2 Lahaina, HI 96761 808-661-1116 • bodybalancemaui.com

49 Baldwin Ave. – Paia 808-579-8078 • manafoods.com

Crossfit State of Mind

2411 South Kihei Road, Kihei 808-875-4356 • hawaiianmoons.com

219 Kupuohi St. • Lahaina, HI 96761 808-446-6007 • crossfitstateofmind.com

Lahaina Cross Fit Megan Hildebrand 219 Kupuohi St. • Lahaina, HI 96761 808-286-9422 • lahainacrossfit.com

Team Beachbody Laura T. Pelayo 808-298-6288 • yourabsstartthere.com

Kapalua Spa Thomas Ockerman 808-665-8282 • kapalua.com CENTRAL MAUI

24 Hour Fitness 150 Hana Hwy. – Kahului 808-877-7474 • 24hourfitness.com

Hawaiian Moons

Alive & Well 340 Hana Hwy. – Kahului 808-877-4950

Farmers Market 3636 Lower Honoapiilani Lahaina, HI 96761 808-669-7004

Down To Earth Market 305 Dairy Rd. • Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-2661 • downtoearth.org

Whole Foods Market 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 808-872-3310 • wholefoodsmarket.com

Gold’s Gym-Wailuku 871 Kolu St., # 103 • Wailuku, HI 96793 808-242-5773 • goldsgym.com

Maui Sports Conditioning 530 E. Uahi Way • Wailuku, HI 96703 808-357-1303 • mauitrainer.com

Angel Green - Certified Gourmet & Pastry Raw Vegan Chef & Instructor

Maka By Mana 115 Baldwin Ave. • Paia, HI 96779 808-579-9125 • makabymana.com

808-866-0857 • angelfoodwellness.com

Jessica Qsar - Health Supportive Chef & Wellness Coach

Down To Earth Market 305 Dairy Rd. • Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-2661 •downtoearth.org

808-264-4939

Satrang Catering

Farmacy

North & South Indian 808-269-2778 • satrangcatering.com

12 Market St. • Wailuku, HI 96793 808-866-4312

Coreena-Raw Foods Chef

Maui Kombucha

808-573-9087

810 Kokomo Rd #136 • Haiku, HI 96708 808-575-5233 • mauikombucha.com

Macrobiotic Hawaii-Oahu Chef Leslie Ashburn

Veg-Out

macrobiotichawaii.com

810 Kokomo Rd. • Haiku 96708 808-575-5320 • veg-out.com

One Love Cafe 381 Baldwin Ave. • Paia, HI 96779 808-280-9019 • onelovemarket.com

MAUI HOME PRODUCE DELIVERY (CSA)

VEGAN ICE CREAM

Curves

1790 Mill St. Wailuku, HI 808-298-5604 • rawfitnessmaui.com

Manju - 808-281-3323

3636 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-669-7004

250 Kanaloa Ave. • Kahului, HI 96732 808-242-9007 • mauiymca.org

Cross Fit RFM

Indian Vegan Catering

74 Lono Ave. • Kahului, HI 96732 808-283-9886 • hawaiiansuperfood.com

Farmers Market

Maui Family YMCA

180 Wakea Ave., #1 •Kahului, HI 96732 808-877-7222 • curves.com

Hawaiian Superfoods

Island Fresh Delivery 808-664-1129 • islandfreshdelivery.com

Coconut Glen’s Ice Cream Vegan Ice Cream VEGAN•VEGETARIAN•RAW FOOD RESTAURANTS

Choice Health Bar 1087 Limahana Pl. • Lahaina, HI 96761 808-661-7711 • choicemaui.com

Choice at Night-Garden Sushi 1087 Limahana Pl. • Lahaina, HI 96761 808-661-7711 • choicemaui.com

Kula Fields Produce Delivery

On the road to Hana - mile 27.5 808-248-4876

808-280-2099 • kulafields.com

Maui Grocery Service

VEGAN & VEGETARIAN CHEFS • CATERING

808-283-3135 • mauigroceryservice.com

Body Temple Gourmet Brook Le’amohala & Ava Raw Vegan Chef & Instructor 808-250-6578 bodytemplegourmet.com

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Wellness & Healthy Living Directory

Organic Farmers

The Original Organic Makawao Farmer’s Market Wednesdays: 9 AM to 1 PM EBT Accepted • 808-419-1570 Pookela Church - 200 Olinda Rd.

Herb Shop

Alternative Education

Gerry Ross

Dragon’s Den Herb Store

Organic Farmer/Consultant kupaafarms.og • 808-876-0678

3681 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao, HI 96768 808-572-2424

Bodhi School - Lindy Shapiro PO Box 791481 • Paia, HI 96779 207-730-1230 Montessori School

Coconut Care

Upcountry Farmers Market

2933 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao, HI 96768 808-573-0374 • momi.org

Coconut Harvesting

Ryan Burden Climber, Planter, Educator coconutinformation.com

Saturdays: 7AM to 11AM Kulamalu Town Center 55 Kiopaa St. in Pukalani

Haleakala Waldorf School 4160 Lower Kula Rd. • Kula, HI 96790 808-878-2511 • waldorfmaui.org

Coconut Care

Kahului Farmers Market

mauicoconutcare.com

Saturdays: 7 AM to 1 PM 310 W Ka’ahumanu Ave. Kahului 808-244-3100

ANIMAL CARE & VETERINARIANS

Pono Coconuts

Leilani Farm Sanctuary

Hogan - 808-419-8977

260 East Kuiaha Road in Haiku 808-298-8544 • leilanifarmsanctuary.org

Coconut Harvesting

Kihei Farmers Market

John Dillon - 808-419-8998

Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 11 AM 95 Lipoa St.– Kihei 808-357-4564

Eco Dogs & Cats ecodogsandcats.com

BooBoo Zoo East Maui Animal Refuge

Makawao Farmers Market Wednesdays: 10 AM to 5 PM 3654 Baldwin Ave. - Makawao

eco-car rentals

Bio-Beetle

25 Maluaina Place in Haiku 808-572-8308 • booboozoo.org

Honokowai Farmers Market

55 Amala Place - Kahului, HI 96732 bio-beetle.com • 808-873-6121

West Maui Animal Clinic

Mon/Wed/Fri 7 AM to 11 AM 3636 Lower Honoapi’ilani Lahaina 808-669-7004

232 Lahainaluna Rd. 808-662-0099 westmauianimalclinic.com

Financial Services Financial Services for Farmers Farm Credit of Hawaii PO Box 31306 • Honolulu, HI 96820 808-836-8009

Hana Fresh Farmers Market Mondays: 3 PM to 6 PM Thursdays: 11 AM to 3 PM 4590 Hana Highway in Hana

808-572-8089 • pacificprimate.org

Community Groups

Napili Farmers Market Wednesdays: 8 to 11 AM 4900 Honapiilani Hwy-Napili 808-633-5060

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Pacific Primate Sanctuary Conscious Funeral Services

Vegetarian Society of Hawaii

Doorway Into Light

PO Box 23208 • Honolulu, HI 96823-3208 808-944-8344 • VSH.org

Reverend Bodhi Be PO Box 1268 - Haiku, HI 96708 808-573-8334 • cell-808-283-5950 DoorwayIntoLight.org

Hawaii Farmers Union United Bill Greenleaf

call TODAY:

808-419-6147

808-283-5417 • mauifarmersunited.org

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THE ART OF BODYWORK

Get your groove back with bodywork that works Stability & Postural Integration Craniosacral

4 Hand Treatments

Joint Mobility Restoration

Post Surgery Care

3D Myofascial Release

Auto Accident and Work Injuries

Apprentice Bodywork

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Saturdays from 7 to 11am

Upcountry Farmer’s Market 55 Kiopaa Street in Pukalani

At Upcountry Farmer’s Market in Pukalani, I love how much organic food is available! Local vendors work hard to grow their food and it shows in its freshness and flavor. There are fresh macadamia nuts, coconuts, essential oils, natural home cleansers, Kombucha, granola and various paté’s and spreads. Also, I love how much wholesome prepared food there is. There are many vegan and raw pastries, Indian food, Israeli food, Argentinian food, breads, and more.

Lafah Eadah is Organic Mediterranean Food with a twist. They offer several wraps made with Lafah, a kind of Mediterranean bread/wrap that all by itself tastes amazing. Add their amazing falafels, black bean hummus, and/or olive tapenade and you have one amazing breakfast treat. You can reach them at 808-375-3560 or on Facebook at “Lafah Eadah”.

Raw Mode must have the tastiest raw food I’ve ever had. New to Maui, Raw Mode is redefining the potential flavors of raw food. Uniquely blending many veggies and fruit together in a way that it tastes like something else other than its ingredients—they make raw vegan soups, pastas and pies. They even have some pretty delicious donuts. More info at 808-868-9115 or on Facebook at “Raw Mode”

Al & Joanie’s Grass Shack has the cleanest and tastiest organic wheatgrass I’ve ever had. Most wheatgrass I’ve had tastes like it came from my lawnmower bag. Grown with Maui sun in volcanic Haleakala soil makes it quite local and extremely nutritious. More info at 808-876-0213 www.mauiwheatgrass.com

across from Mana Foods above Café Des Amis

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Maui Tempeh Co. uses Adzuki beans for their tempeh. You can slice it, crumble it, cube it, mash it or cook it whole. It can be fried, grilled, baked, sautéed, steamed or stewed, and can be used in place of meat in any recipe. More info at www.mauitempeh.co You like bread? Look for the solar powered bread warmer for some of the best bread ever. There’s so much more that it’s really very worth your while to wake up early and stock up on the

locally grown,

organic goodness.

eat local

FOOD


200 hr Maui Yoga Teacher Training Oct 3 - Nov 15, 2015

100 hr Bali Yoga Immersion March 17 - March 26, 2016 Sign up today! (limited space)

Kama‘aina New Students: 30 days of yoga for $30 mangalayogastudios.com | 808.359.2252 | Makawao & Haiku Locations

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by Alex Leikermoser

Living & Dying Aloha Planning your footprint right until the end… Be a tree… Re-integrate For a while now, Carlos, the publisher of Living Aloha Magazine has wanted to do an article on dying. Last year when faced with the death of a friend he thought about it… I remember he shared with me how different the celebration he went to was from other funerals and how all the family and friends got to write on the beautiful burial vessel made of recycled materials and decorate it for their friend with words, colors, jewelry, crystals and art. He thought this was something of interest to many and became curious about what the most sustainable options would be. But it also brought up what we can do to enjoy life more while we’re here on this planet as we face our impending death. Then I got asked to write the article a few months ago. All of a sudden while writing this article he got the news of his father passing. We talked on the phone while he was away with his family, face to face with this challenge. He shared with me that now he really recognized the importance of getting this article out there. He admitted “now I really wish I had looked into this sooner; wishing I knew more about what my Dad wanted and being prepared for more environmental ways for a burial, it’s something we don’t think about because it’s too uncomfortable,” Carlos said. He also wished he had had more time and didn’t have to deal with this last minute. He also recognized the importance of valuing life in each moment. Turns out these are all very common and valid points. So that brings us to me, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about writing this article when the assignment 28

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was handed to me, I mean what do I know about death and why would I want to know more—I’m only in my 40’s. Then as I was researching this article a friend was diagnosed with brain cancer and given 2 years to live and another friend was dealing with the suicide of her husband. I started to see the importance of having more tools and preparation for my own immanent death as well as to empower others with options as well as speaking openly and sharing in community about this “taboo” topic. In ancient times death and burial was celebrated and part of the family rituals. Since a lot of fear has been created around this today we choose to hand it over to large funeral corporations and the humanity and deeper connection is lost. Part of the change must come from us, and from the desire to take back this important family ritual.

Being informed about wiser choices is the key. I also know from my years of meditation and yoga that part of my training was ultimately to awaken in this lifetime and to be ready at any time to welcome my death. I had this in the back of my mind but this research has opened me up in a whole other way of thinking about death. Being informed about wiser choices is the key. Coming into a living relationship with our approaching death


and the death of those around us is key. Death can happen to anyone at any time, researching it now ahead of time is important. “Living with your approaching death should be part of your life,” says Bodhi Be, Founder of the Death Store on Maui. The Death Store is one of the projects of Doorway Into Light, a 501(c)(3) Educational Charitable Organization on Maui. “We live our life waking up every day, assuming we will just keep on going. I get up in the morning and I ask myself ‘is this the day I am going to die? Is this going to be the best day of my life?’ Not knowing when I will die; I want to make each day the best day of my life,” says Bodhi Be, Executive Director of Doorway Into Light, a conscious living and dying advocate and teacher who is a leader in Hawaii as the only certified Green Funeral Home and only non-profit funeral home in Hawaii. They offer ocean body burials as well.

meaning to what has become for many a sterile and uncomfortable commercial process. For increasing numbers of people, in addition to handson participation, that means a natural burial, too. A natural burial cries out for the body’s physical return to the earth, without barriers or inhibitions (in the form of non-degradable vaults or metal and plastic coffins and embalming chemicals) that prevent its transformation back into the elements it’s made of.

A few eco friendly ideas are: 1 - An ocean body burial

It is evident by my research that a new movement has been emerging for about 20 years now with England being on the forefront in offering burials that are more eco friendly and offering a more natural way to go. I think it’s important that wise elders with deep spiritual foundations and a living relationship with their approaching death, who have experience around death and the dying, lead a new way at this time. I also believe that new vocations for end of life care will emerge for younger people who wish to embrace this changing industry. Amanda Standlee, 31 years young works at the Death Store and is a devotee of this work. According to Bodhi Be, their intent is in supporting communities in reclaiming end of life and after death care; in supporting, encouraging and teaching the skills, practices and steps for approaching one’s own dying time; as well as returning sacredness, dignity and

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2-B  iodegradable burial containers made from natural papers, silks, bamboo and recycled materials as well as the option of being buried in a cotton shroud or cardboard box 3-B  eing buried in a Nature Preserve or eco cemetary (not currently available in Hawaii) For more ideas and to plan ahead, I encourage you to visit Doorway Into Light’s ‘The Death Store’ A Funeral Home and Resource Center, or attend one of their educational presentations or workshops. An event is mentioned at the end of this article. This is a one-stop shop for end

You may ask yourself the same question I am: What can I do? of life for anyone wishing to educate themselves about their eventual death. A plethora of services await you from a lending library, home funeral supplies as well as many counseling services. Their staff includes end of life and bereavement counselors, funeral directors, interfaith ministers, trained volunteer caregivers and even a bedside notary! They really are out to make things a lot easier and less costly for us. This store is revolutionizing and reinventing the funeral home and transforming the way we live and die. And guess what? It’s in our own backyard! They need your resources and support in order to grow. Support local!

do that if I had to exit stage left today. But I don’t think I represent the status quo. I think it’s because when I was 30 years old I had a health crisis and a few brushes with death. I have been making changes over the last 15 years to live each day as if it were my last and really see how I can make each day even better than the last! The real homework is to find the ‘way’ that works for you. And most importantly to cultivate a new way of appreciation for life and living so that death and dying are natural and peaceful no matter when the time comes so that we are as ready as we can be. As Bodhi pointed out to me: “It’s not the best strategy to be cramming your end of life studies when you are in the process of dying; you might as well do the work now and be ready.” So what’s your legacy? Perhaps your legacy is as simple as having zero impact when you leave your body to leave no trace or contributing back to the earth by lending to the growth of a new tree as you bow out!

Here’s to planning your footprint right until the end… Be a tree…

Give back to the earth!

Doorway Into Light’s The Death Store doorwayintolight.org • (808) 283-5950 Open Saturdays and by appointment. You can call ahead to visit their store, bring groups to the store or have Bodhi come to your location to speak. book recommendation:

The Tibetan Book of the Living & The Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche DOORWAY INTO LIGHT AND THE DEATH STORE

So what can we expect next? Doorway Into Light’s next project is to create a natural burial ground on Maui where native trees, fruit trees, and tropical hardwoods will be planted over graves as well as working on the option to be buried in your own yard.

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You may ask yourself the same question I am: What can I do? Firstly, I think is to recognize that life is a gift and realize how fragile it all is. I have decided to be pro-active in my end of life plan now. I plan to inform and educate myself on the options and make my own plan to speak to my family members and friends, and in sharing my plan hopefully inspire them to do the same.

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There is no ‘one way’ to live life but the real gift in the end is to be able to smile and say WOW! I lived my purpose— I lived my life giving to my community, my family and friends. I gave back. I got to live my dreams and purpose. I feel happy, I feel complete… I can honestly say I could 30

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