sage magazine special
unexpected wonders of the big island by lucille dancingwind
Wherever I travel, I always feel eager anticipation and privileged to connect with Nature’s beautiful landscapes and diverse forms of life. Each one is a treasure to my heart. When I was called by the biggest island of Hawai’i to spend time there in 2013, I was blessed to be able to rent the wonderful guest suite from my dear soul sister Eva and soul brother Lee. This enabled me to spend a lot of time deeply connecting with the land, wildlife and plant life at my leisure, with minimal distraction from the more urbanized areas. A true gift since what I thought would only be two weeks ended up being three months! Yes, the Big Island is full of surprises! Whenever a land has called to me, I’ve known there was more awaiting me there than I could imagine. Hawai’i was no exception—on all levels. As with anything in life, nothing surpasses personal experience. Aside from her distinctive and intensely co-creative energy, Hawai’i’s natural diversity captivated me. From what I read, she contains eight of the thirteen different climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems! What a gift it is for Nature lovers, and to experience them in person was truly aweinspiring. These included blossoming plants and lush rain forests that reminded me of Costa Rica; dry terrain dominated by the prickly pear cactus, reminding me of Arizona; coral reefs and clear ocean water that reminded me of the Caribbean Sea; and Mauna Kea whose peak stands above the cloud line, reminding me of the tallest Rocky Mountains of western North America (just to name a few!). While I savoured my magickal encounters with the well-known magnificent dolphins and other ocean-dwelling inhabitants, as well as the more common birdlife that make Hawai’i their home,
two particular species of terrestrial wildlife unexpectedly left a big impression on me. They seemed like direct incarnations from Spirit for me. The first one wasn’t mentioned in any of the literature that I’d read, so it was a complete surprise. I happened to be looking at the open space of the yard one morning, when one suddenly flew across the grassy landscape! There was no mistaking this gorgeous butterfly that I had known and loved all my life in southern Canada. The large cinnamon-orange and black monarch has a beautiful, distinctive style of flight that seems to joyfully celebrate its wings with each beat, glide and swoop. While I recognized it immediately, and it is known for its epic annual migration from Canada to Mexico, this butterfly’s presence, all the way here across the Pacific Ocean, was astounding to say the least. I discovered on the Internet that this butterfly was first seen on the Big Island in the 1940’s, though its appearance seems to be a mystery. So while its numbers are declining on the north-American continent, it was a joy to see that Hawai’i was a sanctuary for it year-round. I had the pleasure of seeing another monarch butterfly at a later date while at a beach. It flew past, then perched on a tree branch nearby where I could clearly see it. Being one of my dear power animals, it felt very significant to have the monarch’s presence on my journey here. The other unexpected wildlife encounter was also of the winged variety. I’ve always loved owls, with two species also being special power animals of mine. To my delight, I discovered that there was one endemic species of owl on the Big Island, known as the pueo, and I desired to see it. One day during a forest hike, I found a feather on my path and sensed immediately that this
Published on Apr 2, 2015
In this issue we focus on the visual and spiritual breathtaking beauty of Hawaii; featuring the Big Island – the medicine of the totem ani...