Sunlight and Gems

Got my Mojo Back in Hawaii: Part 1

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Got my Mojo back in Hawaii

I encourage others to travel. Open your minds, see different worlds. A few years ago I felt like I was falling into a rut. I had a birthday coming up and I am that person who celebrates my birthday as others celebrate New Years Eve. It is the time when I make changes in my life. I set goals, realistic ones. I don’t include a one year subscription to the gym. I am not going to achieve the desired goal. First my schedule is crazy because I work nights and I also work days. I like to travel and I like to chill at home, read my books, write my novels and kick it with Lars. So my reality was walking in the evenings and the early mornings. That worked for me.

I decide that Hawaii it would be. Lars said let’s take a trip to the Four Seasons in Maui. Of course I jumped at the offer. The trip would be a week at The Four Seasons in Maui, Hawaii and three days at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Honolulu. As I got off that plane after twelve or so hours of flying I started to feel much better and after stepping through the doors of the Four Season I could feel my thought process begin to change. We accepted our lei and fruit infused water and headed to our room. I gave a little jig as I felt my energy and focus shift.

The Old Church in Maui Circa 1832- Keawalai Church Wailea- Makena


As advised we visited this very old church that has been in existence since 1832. There is no hype about it but the grounds are beautiful and the church itself gives you a sense of peace This church sits right by the water with swaying palm trees. It’s a quiet setting. We were lucky as there was a guide or overseer who talked to us about the church. We were allowed to sit in the church and with my eyes closed I could hear the sound of the waves and the leaves rustling through the trees. In that moment I could feel peace and calm filling my lungs. I inhaled, exhaled and breathed goodness and mercy. We left a donation and a note thanking all for their help and blessing. It is a must see if you are ever in Maui.


Driving back from the church there was a gentleman selling jelly coconut along the way blasting reggae music. We stopped to enjoy some good old fresh coconut water. I thought it was just Jamaicans who know how to hike up a price but I was surprised. Two jelly coconuts socked us in the pocket. It was pretty expensive. We left a very irate customer arguing about the high price of two jelly coconuts. We didn’t buy a third. But I can tell you I was unfazed, mellow. Sitting in that little church, something told me that life is simple if we can put things in perspective. If buying another Jelly Coconut would make me mad I didn’t need to buy it. Change your thoughts and you will change your perspective.


I am always interested in exploring other cultures. It opens you to different possibilities and allows you to view the world in a different way. I was very interested in learning the moves and the steps to the Hawaiian dance. It’s not too far removed from the gyrating and the wining Jamaicans do to reggae and calypso. I won’t show you pictures of me trying to learn but I will show you the beauty of the dancers.. Hotsteppers they are. It was great fun and lots of laugh. See how a vacation can be fun and relaxing

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Hawaii

About The Author

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Dantie Smith-Brown

Dantie Smith-Brown was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, where she graduated from teacher’s college before migrating to the United States. Changing course upon arrival, she became a Respiratory Care Practitioner when her father introduced her to that specialized area in health care. She is passionate about educating, diagnosing and treating individuals who suffer from heart and lung diseases to improve their health and well-being.

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