BY TRACI DINWIDDIE
To get to the gates of Kalani Oceanside Retreat, located just south of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, you rise and fall along a hilly highway through a landscape that is both poignant and exhilarating. This district is called Puna, which means the source or spring. Here, there is a deep reverence for the Goddess Pele, ruler of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. The people of Puna equally honor Pele’s sister, Hi’iaka, who is connected with the forest and is the patron Goddess of Hawaii and hula dancers. From battles to forgiveness, there are myriad variations of the Goddesses’ mythology; however, their volatile relationship is evident in the essence of this land. It reminds me of hatha yoga with the constant balancing of sun and moon energy, as Puna is exquisitely mixed with darkness and light — a land of active volcanoes and daily rainbows.
Traci Dinwiddie is an actress, yogini, West African drummer, part-time badass and full time fruitcake. Learn more about the “Elena Undone” star by visiting TraciDinwiddie.com.